September 12, 2018By Lance Baily

Top 18 Healthcare Simulation Articles Countdown From Summer of 2018!

Many Sim Champs are back to their labs now that Summer has come to an end. To help those that had breaks this Summer and to help support #HcWeek2018, we have put together the “Top 18” Healthcare Simulation Articles for 2018. Here you will find the most read content from our free website and bimonthly email newsletter, including special considerations for pediatric simulations, Sim Tech tutorials, new patient safety documentaries, competency-based medical education, Healthcare Simulation Week contests, effective debriefing tips, key global industry news updates, debunked learning styles, policy and procedures guidelines, top community simulation videos, upcoming courses and more! Be sure to share this helpful recap with your simulation colleagues!

Countdown of Top 18 Healthcare Simulation Articles of 2018:

#18) Better Ways of Learning in Medical Training and Simulation, A Review From IVS – Mary Hoppe, RN, Director of Healthcare Simulation for Intelligent Video Solutions, wrote in to share better ways of learning through medical training and simulation. Here, Mary covers why experiential learning transcends “generations” and is not just for millennials, while simultaneously sharing resources which back up simulated learning outcomes alongside key research articles supporting the use of video recording systems for clinical debriefing. Mary brings over 25 years of nursing and education experience leading Healthcare Simulation practices. With that much experience you can bet Mary has literally walked in your “simulated” shoes with a passion to improving patient care.

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#17) Are Pediatrics Being Left Out of the Equation for Simulated Resuscitation Training? – Did you know that over 7,000 children experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in the United States each year? Sadly, only 9% of children survive, and many have poor neurological outcomes. When bystanders and practitioners act with the same confidence and skill set with which they would treat an adult, a child’s chances of survival improve. Unfortunately, hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) practice for pediatric patients can be overlooked, mainly because people don’t want to imagine doing CPR on anyone – especially on a child. This is why incorporating a pediatric manikin into your existing training curriculum should be a key consideration, so that many more bystanders and healthcare professionals alike can improve their pediatric resuscitation skills to improve these unfortunate statistics.

#16) ‘Advanced Stroke Life Support’ Course Uses Sim to Train Tens of Thousands of Providers – This 8-hour, evidence-based ASLS course from GCRME was first developed in 1998 and has expanded dramatically to be offered now to more than 120 registered training centers across the United States. About 70% of the courses offerings are located at hospitals, followed by EMS agencies or other healthcare educational institutions. Tens of thousands of healthcare professionals have completed an ASLS course, which consists of 3.5 hours of didactic lectures and 4.5 hours of interactive large and small-group skills sessions.

#15) New Documentary ‘To Err is Human’ Continues a Legacy of Improving Patient Safety to Reduce Medical Errors To Err is Human is a new documentary focusing on the issue of preventable medical errors and the Patient Safety help Healthcare needs. Medical mistakes lead to as many as 440,000 preventable deaths every year. “To Err Is Human” is an in-depth documentary about this silent epidemic and those working quietly behind the scenes to create a new age of patient safety. Through interviews with leaders in healthcare, footage of real-world efforts leading to safer care, and one family’s compelling journey from victim to empowerment, the film provides a unique look at our healthcare system’s ongoing fight against preventable harm. Watch the trailer here!

#14) Introduction to Simulation Facilitation Course From OSF Healthcare This September in Chicago at MATTER (STILL OPEN!) – Space is running out for the upcoming OSF Healthcare & Jump Trading Simulation Program’s September “Introduction to Simulation Facilitation” Course at MATTER in Chicago on the 20th and 21st. Learn facilitation from a team of 5 leading experts from OSF Healthcare’s world renown simulation program with a course enrollment capped at only 12! Receive 11.5 CME AMA PRA Category 1 credit hours for the 2-day course which is jointly sponsored by University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center. The activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center.

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#13) 5 Tips for Effective Simulation Debriefing From UPMC’s Medical Director of Patient Safety Dr. Paul Phrampus, Medical Director of UPMC’s Patient Safety Team and Director of the prominent WISER Simulation Center, recently shared on his Simulating Healthcare blog his 5 Tips for Effective Debriefing. The article covers goal identification, initial framework selections, learner engagement strategies, debriefing tactics to maximize learner ownership, and summarization discussions for key takeaways. Dr. Phrampus is also a Co-Founder of the world famous iSim Course which enables him a unique perspective for creating effective debriefing tactics that are a must-know for all simulation champions world wide. Below are Tips 1, 2, and 3 in both text and video form, but you will have to visit Paul’s blog to read tips 4 & 5!

#12) Recorded Webinar: Addressing the 15 Biggest Challenges in Healthcare Simulation Operations(Note: The Recording from this Webinar has been made available and is now embedded here!) Check out this free and awesome webinar where the Level 3 Healthcare team of simulation experts will be discussing the 15 most challenging tasks for simulation technology. Together with the Level 3 Healthcare team, the webinar audience will cover strategies to conquer those challenges. Nationally awarded Level 3 Healthcare is one of the first healthcare educational technology providers with over 22 years of audiovisual installation experience! Again, you can now watch this Live Webinar through the embedded video below.

#11) SimGHOSTS USA 2018 Opens at UTHSC CHIPS Memphis to Largest Attendance Ever In early August SimGHOSTS 2018 USA had officially begun in Memphis! That week in Memphis Tennessee the 8th annual SimGHOSTS USA event opened to record breaking attendance at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation. More than 270 participants came together to network with simulation peers, train and learn from leading community experts, experience the latest healthcare simulation products, and support the professional development of the emerging professional career pathway. Attendees came from all across the United States and farther including from Qatar, the UK, Australia, and beyond! Get a recap of this amazing opening keynote from David Escobar, Director of Healthcare Simulation for returning platinum sponsor Level 3 Healthcare that really connected with the audience about what it means to be a Sim Tech.

#10) The Shift to Competency-Based Medical Education: What You Need to Know As a simulation professional, you’re probably already aware of the major changes occurring in clinical education. Traditional classroom learning has migrated to hands-on, active education focused on mastery of key competencies—skills that enable a learner to successfully and efficiently complete a task. Medical schools have been quick to begin deploying this competency-based educational model, and the pharmacy, nursing, and allied health fields are developing similar curriculum approaches. But what is competency-based medical education? What challenges does it create for educators? What tools are available to help manage and monitor the associated data? Today our friends at EMS SimulationIQ have shared this essential information for educators looking to expand their competency-based medical education expertise—and prepare for the evolution of medical education!

#9) Physiology: The Force Behind Simulation, A Guide for Techs Part 4: Insulin Although simulation in healthcare incorporates knowledge from many disciplines, perhaps the most pervasive information comes from physiology. Some simulation team members may have a limited background in physiology or medicine. An understanding of basic physiological concepts can enable non medical simulationists to better understand medical simulation. This article is part of a series of posts related to physiology of diabetes. Diabetic patients are prone to fluctuating blood sugars which must be treated promptly in order to prevent serious consequences. The management of high blood sugars (hyperglycemia) varies according to a number of factors such as age of patient, type of diabetes, current medical situation, motivation of patient, ability to self manage blood sugar levels, risk for low blood sugars (hypoglycemia) and the value of the hyperglycemia.

#8) Healthcare Simulation Program Management Mind Map Provides Key Needs Breakdown This helpful resource for those administrating a Healthcare Simulation Program was submitted by Colette Foisy-Doll, Director of the Clinical Simulation Centre at MacEwan University in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. This visual outline of a ‘Healthcare Simulation Program Management Mind Map’ provides us a key breakdown of all the necessary components one must consider for developing or expanding a clinical simulation program, which is available for use online or as a download. As a complementary resource, detailed descriptions and policy and procedure plans for each section and related subsection of the mind map are featured in Simulation Champions: Fostering Courage, Caring, and Connection (Foisy-Doll, C., & Leighton, K, 2018), in chapter eleven, Managing Simulation Program Operations and Human Capital (Foisy-Doll, C). Together the mind map and the book chapter provide simulation leaders with a pathway to Program development that can be easily adapted to align with the needs and goals of specific programs.

#7) Are Learning Styles Debunked? What We Need to Know for Healthcare Simulation – Bruce Hood, Chair of Developmental Psychology in Society, University of Bristol writes that there is no evidence to back the claim that matching educational methods to learning styles improves learning outcomes. According to a recent studies there is no coherent framework of preferred learning styles. Individuals are categorized into one of three preferred styles of auditory, visual or kinesthetic learners based on self-reports. There are many different models of learning styles. One study found that there were more than 70 different models of learning styles including among others, “left v right brain,” “holistic v serialists,” “verbalisers v visualisers” and so on.

#6) CAE Healthcare Dominates the News: Canadian Government Funding, New Chief Learning Executive Dr. Patel, and TellYes China Event – You know it was a big week for CAE Healthcare this Summer after Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau helped announce a $1B investment which is “about creating high-skilled jobs in Canada today, while making sure Canada’s next generation of pilots, engineers, doctors, and nurses have access to some of the most advanced simulation tools and training programs in the world. With this funding, CAE will continue to raise the bar for training standards, from the cockpit to the operating room, and help drive the success of Canada’s aerospace industry.” Match this with the recent announcement that the company has brought on one of the most influential Simulation Champions in the space, Dr. Amar Patel, as Chief Learning Officer and a recap of the first CAE Healthcare supported TellYes run APSSH meeting and you can see why CAE Healthcare has dominated the news that week!

#5) Careers in Healthcare Shares Interview on What It Takes to Become a Healthcare Simulation Educator – Careers in Healthcare, a new website supporting those beginning or advancing their Healthcare Career, recently shared a new interview with Kim Baily PhD, RN, CNE, a Sim Educator in the Los Angeles area, on what it takes to become a Healthcare Simulation Educator. provides the latest healthcare career information by leading experts to better help you start or expand your professional Career in Healthcare. “Most Healthcare Simulation Educators have an extensive clinical background and some experience as a healthcare education”, Kim said. “Once they start to gain experience in teaching simulation, they can become involved in simulation program development and operation.”

#4) 7 of the World’s Most Watched Healthcare Simulation Videos – Wondering what the most “viral” healthcare simulation videos are? Check out the videos that have helped to spread awareness about our industry around the globe with today’s fun exploration of the Top 7 Medical Simulation Videos of all time! Looks like OB and birthing simulators dominated the field, with product demonstrations and live trainings for OB simulation taking many of the top spots, we share a theory below — but whose video is now #1? Check it out below. We were thrilled to see that produced videos made up 3 out of the Top 7 rankings worldwide!

#3) What Should Be in Our Policies & Procedures? A Comprehensive Outline for Healthcare Simulation Programs – As simulation continues to expand rapidly across Healthcare, more and more program administrators are recognizing the need for a policies and procedures manual to manage daily operations. There are few resources to help you on your way towards practical manuals, so today on we are sharing a comprehensive outline of recommended areas to focus your efforts, along with some basic tips and resources to get started! Such a document is an absolute “must have” for building or expanding a medical simulation program because it forces your organization to determine the guiding principles for the daily operations, which will improve any and all future discussions with regards to the basic understanding of who is allowed to do what, when, where, how and why.

#2) Post Your Clinical Simulation Jobs to 20,000+ Readers A Month – Simulation program administrators looking for champions to join their team should strongly consider the job posting opportunities available on! With over 20,000+ engagements a month to the niche audience of healthcare simulation educators, managers, and technology specialists, your program is sure to attract top talent from around the world! Best of all, HealthySim has amassed a huge number of staffing resource articles listed below the featured listings which cover topics from staffing needs identification guides, best hiring practices, job description examples, professional development opportunities, polices and procedure insights and more!

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