May 5, 2021By Lance Baily’s Top 5 Most Popular Clinical Simulation Webinars’s streamlined clinical simulation webinar platform relaunched in February, and has since featured even more informative and insightful healthcare simulation presentations! These webinars offer live and on-demand content from some of the world’s leading healthcare simulation experts, covering everything necessary to successfully start, develop, or expand a clinical simulation program. Topics range from safe medication administration to moulage and manikin functions. Below are’s five most popular webinar presentations to-date — all recorded and viewable from anywhere at any time.

5. The Promise of Virtual Reality in Healthcare

Presented by Todd Maddox Ph.D., this one hour, intermediate webinar discusses the promise of virtual reality (VR) as an effective education and training tool in healthcare. Maddox reviews the neurobiology of learning and performance and shows that VR broadly engages multiple learning and performance systems in the brain in synchrony. This “spreads the wealth” of educational and training opportunities across the brain while simultaneously “reducing the burden” on cognitive processing systems in the brain.

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Maddox argues that traditional approaches to healthcare education and training are suboptimal because they target almost exclusively cognitive learning and performance systems in the brain. Alternatively, VR targets a broad and comprehensive array of learning and performance systems in the brain. That being said, Maddox also discusses how virtual reality can complement healthcare simulation training.

The learning objectives of this presentation include being able to define the problems in healthcare education and training, and identifying the learning centers in the brain. Viewers will learn to explain the benefits of virtual reality for healthcare learning as well.

Maddox is the learning scientist at IKONA Health, Inc. His passion is to apply his 25 years of psychological and neuroscientific expertise, gained by managing a large human learning, memory and performance laboratory, to help build better education and training solutions in the healthcare sector. Maddox is especially interested in applying his expertise in the psychology and neuroscience of learning, memory and performance to the use of immersive technologies in healthcare.

4. Building and Sustaining a Statewide Clinical Simulation Alliance

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Presented by KT Waxman, DNP, MBA, RN, CNL, CENP, CHSE, FAONL, FSSH, FAAN, this one-hour, intermediate webinar outlines the steps to building a sustainable simulation alliance. This information is modeled after the California Simulation Alliance (CSA), which was formed after the success of the Bay Area Simulation Alliance in 2008. The purpose of the alliance is education, research and policy for its subscribers, and members have written white papers available to all simulationists. The CSA has seven regional simulation collaboratives in the state and over 4,000 members. The organization’s model has been replicated in other states and countries and is sustainable with no grant funding, because we have several revenue sources.

One presentation learning objective includes being able to identify ways to create a clinical simulation alliance to better support improvements to healthcare education, training and patient safety. Viewers will also learn to articulate the mission and vision of the California Simulation Alliance, and identify key stakeholders they hope to participate in their alliance.

Waxman is an international nurse leader and director of the California Simulation Alliance (CSA). She is an associate professor at the University of San Francisco, director of the Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and a past president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She co-authored a clinical simulation book, “Healthcare Simulation Program Builder,” and is co-editor of “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Nursing,” to be published in late 2021.

3. MedVision’s Leonardo: Hands on Look at the World’s Newest Adult Patient Simulator

Presented by Simulation Technician Bradley Chinwing, BS, this one-hour, beginner webinar shares what sets MedVision’s Leonardo healthcare simulation manikin apart in the market. The presentation also includes information on how his ease of use, software and technology makes simulationists’ lives easier. Chinwing provides a product overview and deep dive into the technology that makes Leonardo a new game-changer in the market. This includes a head-to-toe demonstration of the manikin that highlights his realism, versatility, software ease of use, servicing and durability.

Learning objectives defined as part of this presentation include that attendees will understand the unique features that make Leonardo a realistic and versatile option for their training program. They will be able independently to evaluate what sets Leonardo apart in the market, including realistic height, weight, skin look and feel, and bony and muscular structure. Lastly, they will learn how Leonardo can add value to a clinical simulation program focused on improved outcomes.

Chinwing spent five years as the simulation tech at Johns Hopkins University and joined MedVision in September 2020. His focus at MedVision is to increase the quality of patient care by assisting in the development of our simulators to make them the most versatile and high-fidelity on the market.

2. Using Medical Simulation to Intentionally Probe Healthcare Systems: What’s It All About?

Presented by AnneMarie Monachino, DNP, RN, CPN, CHSE-A, NPD-BC, this one-hour, intermediate webinar explains how healthcare simulation can serve as a vehicle for the evaluation of system-based processes. This is because system-focused simulation, also referred to as process-oriented simulation, can be accomplished through simulation-based clinical systems testing (SbCST), and simulation-based hospital design testing (SbHDT).

According to Monachino, system-focused simulations use systems engineering, human factors, and risk management principles to explore and achieve excellent clinical care, enhanced patient safety, and improved outcome metrics across a healthcare system. SbCST is conducted in situ to evaluate clinical system and care processes prior to occupancy to mitigate risks, whereas SbHDT simulations are conducted in the preconstruction phase of design development. The latter are used to evaluate the built environment to improve safety and optimize efficiency.

There are many benefits to system-focused simulation, such as preventing harm, increasing effectiveness, improving efficiency, supporting safety, streamlining processes, decreasing errors, and controlling costs. In order to integrate systems-focused simulations into a program, it is necessary to overcome barriers and challenges: support from senior executives, buy-in of stakeholders, avoiding a disruption to patient care during in-situ sessions, availability of equipment, and the intensity of resources.

This presentation discusses how and why simulationists should use system-focused simulations, explores the barriers and facilitators impacting teams interested in this format, and describes a reporting structure used by a simulation center that has achieved accreditation in systems integration by the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). In addition, participants are shown examples of systems-focused simulations and their findings and outcomes, as well as the impact on patients and healthcare providers.

Learning objectives include being able to define the intent of systems-focused simulations and describe the benefits and challenges to designing and integrating systems-focused simulations into a simulation program. Viewers will also learn to identify an outcome-reporting system strategy by which to share findings with stakeholders.

Monachino is a senior simulation educator at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is also a nursing professional development specialist at CHOP. As a pediatric nurse for 29 years, Monachino has 12 years’ experience as a simulation educator and has taught simulation curriculum at an advanced level. She has published nine articles on simulation-based activities as well as two chapters on just-in-time training.

1. EU Simulation Resources From the SESAM Organization

Presented by Dr. Marc Lazarovici, MD, this one-hour, beginner webinar highlights SESAM 2021, the first fully virtual conference held by the Society for Simulation in Europe, SESAM. This event was designed to provide many opportunities to learn, virtually meet colleagues and have fruitful discussions.

This was made possible through the choice of an innovative digital platform, an impressive speaker lineup and automatic translation to several languages. SESAM’s main goal was to bring the community together despite the pandemic, offering a platform to all those active in the healthcare simulation field.

This presentation’s learning objectives include helping viewers understand the goals and target audience for the upcoming SESAM 2021 virtual event. Lazarovici also shares the benefits and resources of the SESAM nonprofit organization. Lastly, this webinar provides a review of the state of simulation in the European Union.

Lazarovici is the current SESAM president and head of the Human Simulation Center at the Institute for Emergency Medicine at the Medical Center of the Munich Ludwig-Maximilians-University. He is a medical doctor (internal medicine), human factor trainer and computer scientist. Additionally, Lazarovici is a member of the SSiH, SESAM and a co-founding member of the DGSiM (German Simulation Society).

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