April 20, 2021By Lance Baily

GNSH Hosts 2021 Spring Summit this Friday, April 23

The Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare (GNSH) will be holding the organization’s 2021 Spring Summit on Friday, April 23rd from 2PM to 5PM EST via Zoom. The event will feature discussions by leading simulationists from across the world, in addition to opportunities for attendees to take part in breakout conversations. The goal of the summit is to provide the clinical simulation community with an event dedicated to important areas of shared healthcare simulation interest. Join the zoom meeting here!

Recently, the GNSH Board of Directors has announced the appointment of current board member Dr. Mary Anne Rizzolo to the position of interim president. Rizzolo agreed to serve in this capacity through both the summer 2021 summit and meeting. GNSH elections will take place during the summer and the new board convenes following the annual summit meeting in August.

This appointment comes as the organization continues to grieve the tragic and untimely death of Dr. Chad Epps. According to GNSH, the late president, Chad Epps, wrote last year, “There is no doubt that these are difficult times for our communities, however, GNSH is well positioned to leverage the use of simulations across the globe to impact healthcare outcomes, especially pertaining to the current and ongoing pandemic.”

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“Chad Epps was a passionate leader in the simulation community. He had a demanding full-time position as Executive Director of the CHIPS Center at the University of Tennessee, yet he found countless hours to devote to leading and supporting the work of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare. He was involved in GNSH for many years and became our president in 2019. More importantly, Chad was a warm, kind human being who had the most incredible, welcoming smile. Many of our members had both a personal and professional relationship with him. We know he would have wanted us to continue the work on the 30-Minute Weekly Initiative, a project that was near and dear to his heart, so that’s what we will be focusing on during the coming months,” shared Rizzolo.

2021 GNSH Spring Summit Agenda

To begin this year’s Spring Summit, board members have planned a tribute to Epps that is expected to last about 15 minutes. A welcome, introduction and overview will then be provided.

Next an hour-long panel discussion will focus on “Simulation as a tool for COVID-19 preparedness: differences and similarities globally.” Panelists for this discussion include David Li, China; Michael Moneypenny, U.K.; Lulu Sherif, India; and Joe Lopreiato, United States. Board of Directors Makani Purva will moderate the panel discussion. Then there will be time allotted for breakout conversations in GNSH work groups. Topics will include:

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  • Case development team: Crucial conversations around resource availability and use of personal protective equipment
  • Case development team: Moral distress and self-care/wellness/resiliency for care teams
  • Case development team: Preparation for leading during a crisis
  • Design team: GNSH PR Campaign
  • Editorial development team: Publications and white papers

“The panel discussion is meant to inform our members of how simulation was used in countries around the world to address the challenges presented during the pandemic. During conversations in the breakout rooms, team leaders will solicit input from members on the five topics listed on the agenda, such as stories of real events they experienced that could inform the development of the new cases,” Rizzolo said. “We hope that some attendees will want to join one of the five teams.”

Concluding the Spring Summit, GMSH leadership will provide brief report outs, next steps and concluding remarks. The Board of Directors will close the meeting with an update to participating members.

“Our plans to pilot the 30 Minute Weekly Initiative with the original 15 cases that are posted on the GNSH website was originally planned for spring 2020, and had to be postponed due to COVID,” said Rizzolo. “Following the meeting, we will survey members to determine the best time to reschedule our pilot and solicit their involvement in other GNSH work. The five teams will continue their work in the coming months, and we will hold our annual Summit virtually at the end of the summer.”

More About GNSH

The Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare is a clinical simulation organization that envisions a healthcare culture that empowers people and systems to maximize safety outcomes for patients and staff. GNSH’s mission is to advance healthcare training through modern approaches and innovative solutions. To achieve this, the organization strives to ensure that healthcare simulation drives improvement, saves lives through increased patient safety, and can be implemented in a cost effective manner.

GMSH was founded on August 4, 2010, when 27 individuals representing 16 regional, national and international organizations with a substantive focus on simulation in healthcare attended an international simulation leadership summit at London Deanery, United Kingdom. The meeting was intended to empower the global simulation community to act collectively as simulation continues to expand exponentially. The summit resulted in agreement by the representatives to form the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare.

Today, GNSH is able to leverage multiple groups and sectors in ways that single organizations cannot. The GNSH Summits provide a unique opportunity for both commercial and noncommercial member organizations to discuss important areas of shared interest.

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