March 15, 2021By Lance Baily

CALSIM 2021: Cedars-Sinai Hosts First Virtual Healthcare Simulation Conference

The Inaugural CALSIM 2021 healthcare simulation conference is designed to inspire, inform and interconnect clinical simulation professionals responsible for various roles in medical simulation centers. Hosted by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the virtual event will take place on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST. The healthcare simulation conference will provide participants with evidence-based presentations that explore how clinical simulation can be used as an innovative tool for learning and training, as well as for assessment of performance. Note, this event was supposed to launch last year but unfortunately due to COVID19 it was pushed — and looks to be well worth the wait!

As medical simulation is an emerging professional field which currently has little to no formalized educational pathways for entrance, many professionals who start or continue a career in healthcare simulation have side-stepped from another field or industry. This means that the majority of this community bring with them a wealth of specialized knowledge that their peers may not have. CALSIM 2021 presents a specialized training meeting where these professionals can come together and share best practices gained from years of experience in other fields. The goal is that simulationists walk away with a much greater ability to perform the many responsibilities of their professional duties.

During CALSIM 2021, attendees will explore how medical simulation training can enhance technical and functional expertise, contribute to problem-solving and decision-making skills, and improve interpersonal and communication skills and team based competencies. Further, the conference will teach simulationists how evidence-based practices can be put into action through protocols and collaborative approaches using clinical simulation scenarios.

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Other objectives of this healthcare simulation conference include instruction on how to complete simulation training across complex health systems, and how to recognize the role that healthcare simulation offers as a medium for change in interprofessional education. Further, participants will be prompted to explore the benefits of broad engagement among clinical and ancillary department personnel.

“We are bringing healthcare professionals from across the globe to discuss and reflect on the benefits of utilizing simulation in healthcare practice. While we would have preferred to have this event in person, the ability to reach a larger audience of participants makes this an exciting and educational event,” said Russell D. Metcalfe-Smith, FHEA, MSc, NRP, CHSE-A, CHSOS, co-director of CALSIM 2021.

Also co-directed by Pooja Nawathe, MD, CHSE-A, CHSOS, CALSIM is designed to meet the simulation education needs of physicians, nurses, nurse educators, simulation educators, paramedics, simulation operation specialists, resuscitation scientists and healthcare providers in critical and intensive care and emergency medicine. This also includes surgeons and educators interested in developing clinical simulation-based training to improve performance, communication and collaboration among members of the interprofessional healthcare team. By using adult learning principles and an interactive and immersive approach to high risk patient care, they can work to achieve optimal patient safety outcomes. Examples of session topics to be presented during CALSIM 2021 include the following:

  • Human Factors, Surgery and Realistic Simulation…A personal odyssey
  • Risk Management in Medical Simulation
  • Debriefing Strategies
  • Making Simulation Work in Complex Healthcare Environment
  • Regulations in Simulation
  • Human Factors
  • Anesthesia and Simulation
  • Simulation Based Mastery Learning

From origins in aviation to current proactive clinical simulation uses in high risk surgery, CALSIM 2021 is focused on healthcare simulation use for and beyond critical care. Attendees can expect to return to their simulation centers or other healthcare education facilities with an arsenal of valuable skills and knowledge. New techniques that will be learned have the power to enhance realism in scenarios, increase reliability and flexibility of a simulation center’s systems, and more.

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“We have a wide range of speakers from different parts of the United States and the world. Each speaker brings a different topic and context,” Metcalfe-Smith said. “We are really looking forward to sharing our experiences, and learning from our simulation and clinical colleagues at this event.”

By registering for this virtual healthcare simulation conference, participants will be able to view presentations, hear live audio and interact online. The conference is fully web-based, and participants will need a computer/laptop or tablet, audio and an internet connection. Details will be emailed directly to all attendees prior to the beginning of the event. Note: participants will not be authorized to record, copy or share content in any manner.

More About Cedars-Sinai Medical Center & The Women’s Guild Simulation Center

Cedars-Sinai is a nonprofit academic healthcare organization serving the diverse Los Angeles community and beyond. With pioneering medical research achievements, education programs defining the future of healthcare, and wide-ranging community benefit activities, the organization is setting new standards for quality and innovation in patient care.

Cedars-Sinai provides leading-edge technology and facilities to world-renowned physicians and scientists conducting research projects and clinical trials. The organization also trains the medical professionals of tomorrow with more than 80 residencies and fellowships in specialty and subspecialty areas, and several graduate programs. Today, Cedars-Sinai serves more than 1 million people each year in over 40 locations, with more than 4,500 physicians and nurses and 1,500 research projects in motion. What never changes is the organization’s commitment to be a blessing for those in need.

The Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills is an immersive environment equipped with the latest in patient simulators and medical devices. The center replicates the reality of professionals working together, performing different roles and using the latest technology within our system. Multi-professional clinical skills development, teamwork, improving communication and, ultimately, patient safety are at the heart of the center’s ethos. This proactive approach helps Cedars-Sinaiprovide the best possible care to patients and provides staff with the latest in educational technology.

The 10,000-square-foot Women’s Guild Simulation Center comprises two fully equipped and functioning operating rooms, an ICU, OB/GYN room and a trauma bay. It has a PICU/NICU and multiple rooms for skills training and development. The center also includes a fully equipped computerized simulation room with simulators for practicing almost every procedure, as well as robotic surgery. Take a look inside to see what makes this a transformational training facility by clicking the link below:

Learn More About CALSIM 2021

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