UPMC’s WISER Center Hosts Symposium on Advancing Your Nursing Career Through Simulation

Are you looking to advance your nursing career through simulation? Well good news everyone, UPMC has you covered with a 1.5 day symposium this June 1st and 2nd at the WISER Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The event is taking place in conjunction with the 16th Annual Safar Symposium starting May 31st, a two-day multi-departmental research conference on the topic of “The Opioid Epidemic: Implications For Resuscitation Medicine”, held jointly by the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research and the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research (WISER).

Your Nursing Career Through Simulation

Please join us at WISER on Friday June 1st and the morning of Saturday June 2nd for a 1.5 day symposium on how to use simulation to advance your Nursing career. Through a series for expert presentation, panels, facilitated discussions, and workshops, you will learn practical tips on how simulation can be used at various steps in your career. Whether you are looking to learn about the best practices in nursing simulation, interested in clinical ladder progression, DNP best practices, quality improvement and more, this symposium will have something to meet your needs. The Nursing Simulation Symposium cost is $200

Keynote Speakers

  • Chad Epps, MD
    Executive Director of Simulation and Professor
    Departments of Interprofessional Education and Anesthesiology
    University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    Past-President, Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Jeffrey Groom, PhD, CRNA
    Associate Dean and Clinical Professor for the Simulation Hospital and the International Academy for Clinical Simulation and Research
    University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • Kristen M. Brown, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-AC
    Instructor, Advanced Practice Simulation Coordinator
    Acute and Chronic Care
    Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  • Geoffrey T. Miller, MS, MS, EMT-P
    Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences
    Director of Simulation Research and Technology,
    Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Research Scientist & Laboratory Director,
    Medical Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Laboratory,
    Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC),
    U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)

About WISER

The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research (WISER) is a world class multidisciplinary training and research facility. WISER is an institute of the University of Pittsburgh with a mission to conduct research and training programs utilizing simulation based education to provide a safer environment for patients of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and its affiliates.


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The Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER) is dedicated to the advancement of healthcare simulation and education to improve patient safety, education, mentorship, systems design, and research to enhance the high quality delivery of healthcare. Objectives:

  • Enhance patient safety through state of the art educational and assessment methodologies and techniques
  • Create innovative education programs for healthcare providers ranging from students through practicing professionals
  • Improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery through incorporation of modern educational and assessment methods through our integration with the UPMC Health System
  • Research the use of healthcare simulation and other instructional and assessment methods by providing infrastructure and serving as a collaborative partner
  • Contribute to the development, education and mentorship of future generations of healthcare educators and researchers interested in simulation based programs

About SAFAR

The mission of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research is to identify and promote ever-improving methods of preventing premature death and reducing associated disability from trauma and cardiac arrest in people with “hearts and brains too good to die.”

The Safar Center for Resuscitation Research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine was founded by the late Dr. Peter Safar in 1979, initially as the International Resuscitation Research Center.  In recognition of Dr. Safar’s innumerable contributions to the field of resuscitation medicine, it was renamed the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research in 1994.  The Safar Center’s current research programs include Traumatic Brain Injury, Child Abuse, Cardiac Arrest, Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation, Hemorrhagic Shock, Combat Casualty Care, and Rehabilitation of CNS Injury. Center investigators work closely with the depts. of Critical Care Medicine, Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at both the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  In addition to conducting basic research, the Safar Center also provides training to the next generation of resuscitation researchers.  The Center is a 20,000 square-feet freestanding research facility that houses the laboratories of scientists and clinician-scientists working across a broad spectrum of fields important to resuscitation medicine.

Learn More & Register on the WISER Homepage Today!


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