SimGHOSTS 2019 Day 2 Brings Simulation Technician Connections, Innovations & Sessions

SimGHOSTS 2019 USA Day 2 launched this morning at the Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences at FIU in Miami. The event brings over 270 medical simulation attendees and vendor representatives from around the world to connect, learn and share with one another. The 9th annual symposium was host to numerous vendor supported learning opportunities, including three more special plenary sessions covering key topics crucial to the success of our clinical simulation programs. Stay tuned here for all the latest updates!

Laerdal Plenary Address: Sim Techs Bring Success

Laerdal sponsored this morning’s plenary address “Simulation Technologists: The Foundation for Success” Presented By Professor Henry Henao Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, CHSE, Director of the events host, the Simulation Teaching and Research Center at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences at FIU.


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The FIU STAR Center has established the tradition of building the Center on the shared experiences of technologists. From the Director on down, every member of the STAR Center administration and staff have at one point, worked as a simulation technologist. This diverse background has been attributed as one of the main factors that have led to the success of the Center as an innovator in the field. He reminded us that “many of us have further developed as educators and scholars in the field of clinical simulation, but rest assured, the foundational experiences the leadership of the Center have had come from their work as technologists, specialists in the implementation of clinical simulation.”

Creativity that comes from our own personal experiences coupled with the support and recognition by upper administration of our passion and expertise have allowed us the ability to apply creative thinking to emerging opportunities like only technologists could. He shared how partnering with and empowering technologists to contribute to implementing simulation ,is the key to long term success!

MedVision Plenary on Sim Techs to Patient Outcomes

Later this afternoon, MedVision sponsored the plenary address by Kristina Artiles MBA, MSN, RN, CHSOS, Assistant Dean of Student Learning at Chamberlain College of Nursing, Miramar, who shared her story of journey from Support Specialist at the STAR Center to Manager at Chamberlain. Her talk is entitled “The Simulation Technology Specialist as a Stakeholder in Patient Outcomes”. In an era where the rate of medical errors is on the rise, it is important to appreciate how simulation technology specialists have a stake in promoting positive patient outcomes. Understanding and utilizing quality improvement strategies in the learning environment can assist the simulation program with providing the most effective learner experiences.


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EMS Plenary on Serious Games, VR, AR

Yesterday the Education Management Solutions (EMS) SimulationIQ Plenary by Dr. Todd P Chang, MD MAcM, Divisional Director for Research & Scholarship for the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the Associate Medical Director for the CHLA Simulation Center, who covered practical and academic considerations for integrating serious games, VR, and AR to the simulation center.

Digital simulations have often occupied a different growth trajectory in healthcare. Centers strong in manikin-based simulations, in situ simulations, and even standardized patients are often lacking or not integrated with digital technologies, such as serious games, virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality. This plenary seeks to explain the current 2019 technologies and trends that can augment and complement existing simulation center efforts to improve healthcare outcomes.

There are several ‘lenses’ through which we can view digital simulations. There is a practical lens, that thinks how to best afford and sustain digital simulations alongside established simulation methods. There is an academic lens, that looks to discoveries and new methods of skills improvement and safety training not previously possible through manikin-based simulations. And finally there is an integrative lens, that outlines how existing simulation infrastructure, resources, and staffing can enhance digital simulations within a simulation center.

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