Annual SimGHOSTS 2019 Simulation Technology Event Launches at FIU in Miami

Once again breaking all previous attendance records, SimGHOSTS 2019 USA opened today in Miami at Florida International University’s Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences Simulation Teaching and Research Center, aka the STAR Center! Platinum Sponsored by Level 3 Healthcare, this one-of-a-kind event highlights the use of medical simulation technology and virtual environments in healthcare programs and aims to bring the spectrum of clinical simulation professionals together to improve learner and patient outcomes. Stay tuned to this article for updates throughout the day!

Dr. Ora Strickland, Dean & Professor of the FIU Nursing and Health Sciences College, opened the show inviting the international audience to learn more about the STAR Simulation Center, and their passion, support and belief in the power of simulation. She delighted that the beauty of bringing us all together at the event is that it provided the opportunity to share with one another the secrets of success in simulation. Following that, SimGHOSTS President Ferooz Sekandarpoor thanks Dr. Strickland, Henry Henao and the STAR Operations Team, and the vendor community which supports the SimGHOSTS community. He was proud to announce that SimGHOSTS has signed more than 10 international affiliations with organizations such as SSiH, INACSL, ASPiH, PASSH, IPSS, Simulation Australia, ASPE, SimONE, HiMSS, Patient Safety Movement as well as collaborated with Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM).

Ferooz also reminded the international audience following along with hashtag #SG19USA that later this year the organizers are excited once again to collaborate with S3 partners Singapore Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS) and SESAM for S3 2019 which will be held in Singapore from Oct 22nd to Oct 25th, 2019. Ferooz shared that the SimGHOSTS board of directors want to be advocates for technology operators in the simulation industry and make sure we are all empowered to use our knowledge to deliver cost-effective, user-friendly educational environments that facilitate learning.


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Over 200 Simulation Champions from around the world at this annual international hands-on training event, designed for both clinical educators and technology specialists! The “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” is now in its ninth year as a US-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2019 SimGHOSTS event will provide a meeting place for Sim Operators to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in the design, selection and application of healthcare simulation technologies. Participants will also have opportunities to meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology.

The SG19USA Event program explores the theme of Accelerate Opportunity and sub-themes: Identify Opportunity, Create Opportunity, Embrace Opportunity and Empower Others Through Opportunity. Unlike any other healthcare simulation conferences, this event is specifically founded, organization, and operated by champions using medical simulation technologies every day!

Level 3 Healthcare Keynote Address

Professor John Rizvi PA, Board Certified Patent Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law provided the Level 3 Healthcare Keynote presentation entitled “How to Accelerate Opportunity by Patenting Your Simulation Innovations”. Scott Atkinson, Lead Simulation Operations Technology Specialist at Level 3 Healthcare, invited John to the stage — cautioning the audience about the perils of misunderstanding patent knowledge sharing a heartbreaking story of losing his rights to a simulator he spent 4 years developing. John’s presentation covered the need to fight for our rights to the technological IP we create.


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Innovators in the medical industry often focus so much on overcoming the technical obstacles in perfecting their solution that they forget about the importance of an early intellectual property audit. Others leave the evaluation of patentable subject matter until the very end and often are dismayed to find that all of the time and money invested in creating their solution was worthless because someone already filed a patent first and therefore owns rights to the intellectual property. In 2013, the U.S. Patent Law underwent the single biggest change in the last century – the move from a “first to invent” to a “first to file” system. In this presentation Professor Rizvi covered the critical action steps for successfully accelerating opportunity under the new set of rules by properly evaluating the novelty of our ideas and quickly taking the right steps to patent first.

SimGHOSTS Meeting Objectives

  • Meet with other Simulation Champions and share best practices
  • Network and build long term industry relationships with peers and vendors
  • Discuss and develop professional community needs and standards.

The SG19USA Program Includes…

  • High-fidelity manikin hardware & software operation, maintenance and repair
  • Audiovisual system design and integration, operation, and troubleshooting
  • 3D Printing, casting and molding, fabrication and prototyping.
  • IT Networking and debugging
  • Career development and staff management.
  • Beginner to advanced moulage creation and application
  • International healthcare simulation education practices
  • Virtual environments and serious games
  • A dedicated track of presentations conducted in Spanish.

About the 2019 Host: STAR Center

Exceptional healthcare begins with a strong education background. The Simulation Teaching and Research (STAR) Center at Florida International University is a 20,000 square foot learning space dedicated to providing the most realistic hospital experience possible for various healthcare programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing; physical therapy; occupational therapy; and athletic training. Housed at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the STAR Center is the only simulation center in South Florida that is fully accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

The STAR Center, directed by Dr. Henry Henao, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, CHSE, provides various clinical simulations and fundamental skills building experiences while utilizing a number of high-fidelity manikins, each providing a unique educational opportunity that are invaluable in clinical practice. The STAR Center proudly boasts two fundamental skills learning labs, eight fully functional simulation suites and dedicated debriefing spaces for complete student immersion in the clinical environment.

Visit SimGHOSTS.org to Learn More!


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