August 31, 2018By Lance Baily

FIU STAR Center to Host of SimGHOSTS 2019 USA, Med Sim Center Announces $90,000 Donation

Florida International University has shared some great news recently, with announcements that their STAR Center host the World Famous SimGHOSTS 2018 USA Healthcare Simulation Technology Training, and that the FIU Medical School’s Albert & Debbie Tano Medical Simulation Center received a donation of $90,000. STAR’s Vision is to become the internationally recognized leader and innovator in the provision of world class, state-of-the-art, interprofessional simulation pedagogy to improve the quality and safety of health care provided locally, regionally, and globally. The Tano Center’s mission is to develop transformative medical simulation curriculum for our students, beginning in the traditionally pre-clinical first and second years and continuing throughout all four years of medical school training. Certainly these great news stories shows FIU’s simulation work is paying off!

SimGHOSTS 2019 Host is FIU – Vamos al Miami!

Next July 30th to August 2nd, 2019 the 9th annual SimGHOSTS (Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists) event will be hosted by the FIU STAR Center. Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, CHSE Director of Star Center Clinical Assistant Professor and his simulation team attended the 2018 event and helped to announce the great news on the last day of the 2018 conference. Henry and SimGHOSTS Executive Director Kirrian Steer believe SimGHOSTS 2019 Miami will be the biggest event yet, topping even this year’s record breaking attendance of over 270 participants. Because of the easy international flights through Miami Airport, the amazing travel destination spot of Miami Beaches, and one of the world’s leading simulation programs should certainly draw a massive crowd!

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About the STAR Center

The Simulation Teaching and Research Center, a part of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences, is a facility where learners are exposed to a wide range of realistic experiences. Along with the help of Simulation Teaching Unit, learners are able to explore the healthcare environment using a hands-on approach. The STAR Center is available to students to practice their skills. The STAR Center is not limited to nursing students, it also welcomes other health care disciplines including physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, anesthesia. They strive to promote an interdisciplinary approach to health care education.

The STAR Center participated in the NCSBN landmark study of simulation use in pre-licensure nursing programs throughout the country. Collaborating with learning institutions across the U.S., NCSBN embarked on a research initiative exploring the role and outcomes of simulation in pre-licensure clinical nursing education.

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The STAR Center is also a member of the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance and has hosted FHSA events and conferences. The Alliance works to advance healthcare education and to foster patient safety in the state of Florida. Learn more on the FIU STAR Website.


SimGHOSTS, aka The Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, is an international US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and institutions operating medical simulation technology and spaces through: hands-on training events, online resources, and professional development. SimGHOSTS envisions a healthcare education culture where people are empowered to use simulation technology to improve learning and patient care outcomes. Founded in 2010, it is the only international organization specifically focused on helping healthcare professionals find, integrate, and operate healthcare simulation technologies.

Join hundreds of Simulation Champions from around the world at their annual international hands-on training events! The 2019 SimGHOSTS events will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in the design, selection and application of healthcare simulation technologies. You will also have opportunities to meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology. Learn more on the SimGHOSTS website.

About the Saul and Theresa Esman Foundation Donation

The Saul and Theresa Esman Foundation, a long-time supporter of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM), donated $90,000 to the college’s simulation center and standardized patient program. “These realistic interactions with standardized patients are invaluable to help enhance students’ skills in communication, clinical reasoning and physical examination,” said Dr. John A. Rock, HWCOM founding dean and senior vice president for health affairs. Read all about the donation on FIU’s News Webpage.

HWCOM’s state-of-the art Albert and Debbie Tano Medical Simulation Center provides a standardized patient program and programmable patient simulators to train HWCOM medical and physician assistant students.“When I first came here 6-7 years ago, this was the program that really caught my eye,” says Murray Levin, president and chairman of the board of the Esman Foundation. “This is the right way to teach doctors how to be doctors, and you [HWCOM] are way ahead of the crowd.”

“We are grateful to Mr. Levin for his generosity, his friendship, and his enthusiasm,” says Dr. Vivian Obeso, the simulation center’s medical director. “Every time he visits, he senses our drive to do more, and he comes through so that we can do more.” Since 2012, the Esman Foundation has generously supported the College of Medicine with gifts of nearly half a million dollars for simulation training and the Physician Assistant program.

About the Albert & Debbie Tano Medical Simulation Center

The Albert and Debbie Tano Simulation Center is a world-class multidisciplinary training and research facility.  The Simulation Center is part of the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.  Our mission is to develop transformative medical simulation curriculum for our students, beginning in the traditionally pre-clinical first and second years and continuing throughout all four years of medical school training.  We advance clinical skills training using a hands-on approach that emphasizes deliberate practice and mastery of competencies through simulation technology.

With a focus on producing translational research that demonstrates enhanced student performance, improves patient safety, promotes continuous quality improvement, and advances the proficient use of technology in medical training.  Additionally, we seek to enhance faculty development and continuing medical education by partnering with our community as well as our current and rapidly expanding affiliates. Learn more on the Albert and Debbie Tano Simulation Center website.

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