July 23, 2020By Lance Baily

Listen Up: Medical Simulation Podcasts Are Moving Healthcare Education Forward

Healthcare Simulation Podcasts are providing unique and fascinating content that directly supports the evolution of the methodology across the entire healthcare industry. Here today we share about four of the most prominent podcasts created by expert clinical simulation champions from around the world, with topics that focus on the technical to the administrative and everything in between. These useful medical simulation podcasts are perfect listening material for those on the go — so bookmark them on your favorite audio medium today!

*New* CAE Healthcare Clinical Debrief Podcast

Hosted by Dr. Amar Patel, DHSc, MS, NRP, CHSE, FSSH, Chief Learning Officer of CAE Healthcare, this new podcast focuses on the future of healthcare simulation as argued, debated and discussed by leading voices, pioneers and experts in the field was recently unveiled to the global community. Entitled “Simulation Debrief”, the audio journey is organized by Dr. Amar Patel, former hospital simulation center and innovations executive director, researcher, lifelong emergency services educator, firefighter and paramedic. Founder and past chair of the North Carolina Simulation Collaborative, Dr. Patel is a simulation expert and much-published key opinion leader with 60+ abstracts, articles and textbook chapter publications to date. Dr. Patel has most recently held the position of executive director of WakeMed Innovations at WakeMed Health & Hospitals, having been responsible for healthcare innovation, idea generation, innovation investments, technology-based educational programs (such as patient simulation and online learning), and simulation-based research. Visit the CAE Healthcare Simulation Debrief page to listen in now!


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Starting just this year with an exploration of COVID-19 with an interview with President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Bob Armstrong, the series has already explored topics such PTSD, augmented reality, mental health, simulation ROI, digital Learning, certification, barriers to entry, patient outcomes, and so much more. Recent episodes include:

EPISODE 5, The COVID-19 balancing act — Mental health, telehealth and the next generation: In Episode 5, Amar Patel speaks to Dr. Tara Bastek, a neonatologist, bioethicist and simulation educator with a Master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard University.Currently serving as Chair of the Medical Ethics Committee and Associate Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for WakeMed Health, Dr. Bastek offers her views on isolating with family, where to find factual information and the COVID-19 impact on society and healthcare.

EPISODE 14, Cultural Considerations in Simulation and Debrief: In each educational encounter, the culture of the individual, instructor, group, institution and the patient scenario all play a role. In this podcast, Amar Patel reconnects with Janice Palaganas, PhD, RN, NP, ANEF, FNAP, FAAN, FSSH, who completed a study on cultural considerations in debriefing with Drs. Kim Leighton and Albert Chan and shares some of their initial findings. She is Chief Executive Officer of The Institute for Interprofessional Innovations, Associate Director of Healthcare Professions Education at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, where they have launched the first PhD in Health Professions Education with a focus on Simulation and another in Interprofessional Education. She also is Principal Faculty at the Center for Medical Simulation and faculty for Harvard Medical School.

EISODE 15, Diversity and inclusiveness in EMS education: Where do we go from here? Dr. Amar Patel speaks to Jennifer McCarthy, a leading paramedic and EMS educator, about mindfulness in EMS practice, overcoming hidden bias in teaching and scripting scenarios, and the importance of breaking bread to promote cultural understanding. Jennifer is also Director of Clinical Simulation at Seton Hall University and Founder and President of 579 Solutions.


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SIMULCAST: A Hi-Fidelity Podcast

With other 100 episodes “in the can”, the Australian-based SIMULCAST hosted by Dr. Victoria Brazil MBBS, MBA, Jesse Spurr RN, and Dr. Ben Symon MD and primarily covers three key areas: Direct Interviews, Journal Club and Advances in Simulation. The Journal Club provides deeper dives into important clinical simulation research articles, exploring the lessons learned usually with the paper’s authors for a direct and powerful perspective. Advances in Simulation furthers the exploration of simulation research work but is more specific to the SESAM ‘Advances in Simulation’ journal. Finally, the direct interviews provided by the SIMULCAST team either online or in-person at medical simulation conferences around the world, offers unique perspectives from leading experts on a vast range of topics important to successfully running simulation activities. There is even an interview in Episode 11 with HealthySimulation.com and SimGHOSTS.org Founder Lance Baily where he parallels building realistic simulation scenarios to his work as a film producer! Visit the SIMULCAST website for the podcast and accompanying blog!

Victoria Brazil is an emergency physician and medical educator. She is a senior staff specialist in Emergency Medicine at the Gold Coast University Hospital, where she is active in clinical teaching across the continuum of medical learners. She also is the medical director of the Gold Coast Simulation Service – a leader in ‘in situ’ simulation and in using simulation for quality improvement outcomes. Jesse is a Nurse Educator in the Emergency Department. His history includes working as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in ICU, Hospital and Health Service Learning and Development manager, Critical Care Nurse, Simulation Educator, and along with post graduate qualifications in critical care nursing he is also an Exercise Science graduate. Benjamin is a Peadiadtric Emergency Physician and Simulation Educator at Queensland Health. Recent episodes include:

Episode 103: Simulation or Simulacrum: Can Simulation Be Too Real? Can this ‘hyper-reality’ actually have negative impacts on learning? Vic takes a deep breath and dives into theory with the team from Queens University Belfast, including Jenny Johnston, Helen Reid and Gerry Gormley. We discuss their recent Medical Education article – Into the uncanny valley: simulation versus simulacrum? Eve Purdy joined the chat to offer her unique anthropological perspectives. If you’ve ever felt slightly uncomfortable with OSCEs or breaking bad news to a plastic mannequin, this might help you understand why…..

Episode 107: Simulcast Journal Club Monthly Podcast June 2020: This month’s paper was Lack of Diversity in Simulation Technology by Conigliaro et al from Simulation in Healthcare. Vic and Ben were joined by Jess and our special guest and this month’s expert commentator, Dr Karanjot Lall (@KaranjotLall). See the summary here. We spoke about the paper’s findings – the predominance of white skinned mannikins in advertising materials – and how simulation might instead be able to contribute to antiracism and better representation of traditionally marginalised groups. We also highlighted Debra’s Nestel’s recent SESAM keynote on a similar topic and recommend this as additional viewing!

Episode 100: Advances in Simulation, Living the Title With New EIC, Gabe Reedy: Dr Gabe Reedy has been announced as the new Editor in Chief for Advances in Simulation. Vic speaks with him about his background, his vision for the journal, and the role of journals in supporting healthcare workers, simulationists and academics during the COVID-19 pandemic. His gives tribute to Professor Debra Nestel, the outgoing EIC, and tells us he aims to ‘live the title’ – aiming to be advancing the field – for scholars and practitioners. Simulcast looks forward to our continued collaboration with Gabe and with Advances.

*NEW* SimGeeks Podcast

Also new with 12 episodes, is the SimGeeks Podcast by two awesome Simulation Technicians William Belk FP-C, a clinical education manager in the HEMS industry and David Shablack NRP, CHSOS, Simulation Operations Specialist at Orbis Education and Cofounder of Simulation Tek. Their goal is to address all things simulation in a relaxed and entertaining format. With the unique perspective of healthcare simulation technology operators, this podcast deep dives into all things operations related, from manikin disinfection to moulage secrets, and from MCI scene prep to 3D printing — this is certainly one for the simulation “geeks” out there. Recent episodes include:

Episode 11: To Death Do Ue Part a Debate on Patient Death in Simulation – In this SimGeeks episode the guys debate whether or not allowing the manikin to die in a simulation is an acceptable practice… but wait there is more! The one and only Ed Rovera joins the cast to play moderator and occasionally drop some hardcore truth bombs about death in simulation!

Episode 10: Cleaning and Disinfecting Simulation Labs During COVID-19 –  With special guest SimGHOSTS Board member Nick Brauer, the guys discuss cleaning and disinfecting your lab and everything in it. COVID19 is very much a concern for everyone involved in healthcare right now but the information contained in this episode will remain relevant long after the current pandemic has slowed.

Episode 8: Moulage Basics – This episode dives into several pigment based makeups that we enjoy using ranging in price from a few bucks up to the professional level products. Application methods are also covered at a variety of price points from cotton swabs to airbrushing.

Center For Medical Sim Podcasts

With multiple podcast shows, the Center for Medical Simulation provides a dynamic range of audio listening topics for simulation in healthcare champions with a multitude of interests. Also with over 100 different episodes, the different shows include DJ Simulationistas, Brief Debriefings, Critical Conversations, Book Club, SimFails, as well as the new COVID Chronicles. The show is produced by Harvard’s Center for Medical Simulation staff which includes Mary Fey PhD, RN, CHSE-A, ANEF, Jenny Rudolph PhD, Janice Palaganas PhD, RN, NP, FSSH, ANEF, FAAN, and Dan Raemer PhD. Visit the complete list of the Center for Medical Simulation’s podcasts on Soundcloud here.

On “DJ Simulationistas… Sup?” Janice Palaganas and Dan Raemer, CMS faculty and thought leaders in the field of healthcare simulation, discuss the pressing issues in the field, interview expert guests, tell jokes, and dissemble on a variety of topics.

“COVID Chronicles” with Jenny Rudolph is a just-in-time podcast checking in with friends and colleagues from the front lines of healthcare, the home front, and other unique perspectives on learning and connecting in the time of coronavirus.

“Brief Debriefings” are short conversations with CMS faculty, friends, and alumni of our courses about the problems they are facing in healthcare and simulation, and how they’re working on and moving forward their work. Listen for a taste of the CMS debriefing method.

“Critical Conversations with Mary Fey” relates to the book by Mary and Sue Forneris Critical Conversations: The NLN Guide for Teaching Thinking and teaches how to grapple with this problem in three arenas: clinical teaching, nursing simulation teaching, and classroom teaching.

In the long running “CMS Book Club”, now recorded for public consumption, members of the CMS team and faculty discuss new and old books touching on the realms of difficult conversations, learning and feedback, management, and critical care.

Finally, in “SimFails”, Janice Palaganas, Kirsty Freeman, and Marcus Rall discuss their failures in simulation and the lessons they’ve learned from them in this limited series of eight episodes.

Finally, if you find these podcasts interesting you will also probably really appreciate KeyLIME Podcasts, The Short Coat Podcast, and the MedicCast too! Have another podcast to add to the list? Email us and let us know!


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