July 22, 2019By Lance Baily

Hurry! Few Spots Left for Leading WISER Sim Courses in 2019, & Their Latest Must-Read Research

Director of the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER) & Medical Director for Patient Safety of the UPMC Health System, Dr. Paul Phrampus, recently shared about the latest courses and research from the UPMC’s simulation center & team. The WISER medical simulation courses are internationally renowned as some of the leading programs for supporting the development and expansion of clinical simulation in attendees programs, with a complete listing of remaining 2019 sessions shared below. Dr. Phrampus also shared about their latest WISER team supported research, which showed that Non-physicians teaching central lines in a simulated environment achieve similar outcomes as physician teachers using a Expert Curriculum-Competent Facilitator delivery model in a blinded randomized control trial, also shared below!

Celebrating its 25th year in operation in 2019, 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. WISER is primarily a training facility for the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC which trains a wide variety of students and professional clinicians. Contact them to talk to a WISER representative about their course offerings and their Visiting Scholars Programs for Fellowship, Preceptorship or Professional Development listed below:

iSIM 3 Day Internationally Renowned Program (Jul. 29th-31st, – 31, Oct. 9th-11th): This introduction to fundamental skills and abilities for delivering simulation-based healthcare education through a variety of techniques and technologies was created in collaborative effort between WISER at the University of Pittsburgh and the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education at the University of Miami. The program emphasizes hands-on activities and active participation to maximize simulation-based instruction skill acquisition. Class group sizes are kept small to allow for maximum participation. The primary audience for this course are healthcare educators wishing to improve their skills as instructors in simulation education. Click here to learn more about iSim Courses!

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How to Run a Successful Simulation Center (Aug. 22nd-23rd  or Nov. 6th-7th): Participants of this two day program will learn best practices associated with the operations of a simulation center. Key operational, administrative, and technological elements of a successful simulation center will be reviewed. Topics such as creating budgets, staff considerations, daily operations, course development, and simulator programming will be discussed. Interactive exercises will allow participants to practice what they learned during course sessions.

Designing or Enhancing Your Simulation Center (Nov. 14th): This one day course is designed to assist those individuals or centers who are interested in designing new or updating existing simulation centers. This is an 8 topic course that will guide the participants, step by step, through the process of identifying their training needs and designing a world class simulation center to meet those needs. Topics for this course: Introduction to WISER and Course Overview, Identifying Your Center’s Training Missions, Blueprints to Build Out, Designing Your Center, Identifying your Center’s Audio and Video Needs, Administrative Considerations, Job Descriptions, Creating Environments, and finally Additional Tips for Success!

Facilitator Training Series: Introduction to Facilitation and Debriefing (Sep. 19th, Nov. 13th, Dec. 17th): This course is designed to provide facilitators with an introduction to a variety of facilitation and debriefing techniques. Through a mixture of didactics and hands-on activities, participants will gain the skills required to become a more effective facilitator.

Simulation Operations Specialists Training Program (Online): In both the online and onsite course, a variety of topics will be covered that are designed to educate simulation technicians / operations personnel on the key tasks associated with the daily operations and maintenance of a simulation center. The content topics were mapped to the SSH CHSOS Examination Blueprint. Topics include: Simulation Center Technology, Scenario Creation, Repair and Maintenance Considerations, Running Sim Sessions, and much more!

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But Hurry — WISER Courses almost always completely sell out so secure your spot today!

Latest WISER Supported Research:

Physician Versus Nonphysician Instruction Evaluating an Expert Curriculum-Competent Facilitator Model for Simulation-Based Central Venous Catheter Training – Musits, Andrew N. MD, MS; Phrampus, Paul E. MD; Lutz, John W. BS; Bear, Todd M. PhD, MPH; Maximous, Stephanie I. MD; Mrkva, Andrew J. MA; O’Donnell, John M. CRNA, MSN, DRPH Simulation in Healthcare: May 20, 2019 Issue doi: 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000374

Introduction: Healthcare simulation supports educational opportunities while maintaining patient safety. To reduce costs and increase the availability of training, a randomized controlled study evaluated central venous catheter (CVC) insertion training in the simulation laboratory with nonphysician competent facilitators (NPCFs) as instructors.

Method: A group of learners naive to central line placement participated in a blended curriculum consisting of interactive online materials and simulation-based training. Learners were randomized to training with NPCFs or attending physician faculty. The primary outcome was simulated CVC insertion task performance, graded with a validated checklist by blinded physician reviewers. Learner knowledge and satisfaction were also evaluated. Analysis was conducted using noninferiority testing.

Results: Eighty-five students, 11 attending physicians, and 7 NPCFs voluntarily participated. Noninferiority testing of the difference in CVC insertion performance between NPCF-trained learners versus physician-trained learners found no significant difference [rejecting the null hypothesis of inferiority using an 8% noninferiority margin (P < 0.01)]. In addition, there was no difference found between the 2 groups on pre/post knowledge scores, self-reported learner comfort, course satisfaction, or instructor satisfaction.

Conclusions: An introductory CVC curriculum can be taught to novice learners by carefully trained and supported NPCFs and achieve skill and knowledge outcomes similar to learners taught by physicians.

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