November 1, 2021By Lance Baily

Healthcare Simulation Webinars for November 2021

The webinar platform “LEARN” hosts a number of informative healthcare simulation webinars each month. These presentations are designed to cover a range of topics related to clinical simulation, including education, training, and practice. In November 2021, a number of presentations will be given that discuss topics related to clinical simulation education, the use of artificial intelligence, medical simulation product demonstrations, and more. By registering to watch one or all of these webinars, simulationists, and learners have the opportunity to listen and learn from various leaders across the clinical simulation industry.

The Rapid Acceleration of Virtual Simulation in Nursing Education

Presented by Laura Gonzalez Ph.D., APRN, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN on Nov. 2nd at 10 AM PDT, this one-hour beginner webinar offers 1 Contact Hour of RN CE. This informative and educational webinar will explore the pandemic’s continued impact on instruction, and how virtual simulation will continue to play an important role in nursing education for years to come.

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Join this important conversation will be Director of Simulation-Based Education at UCONN School of Nursing Valorie MacKenna, Ph.D., RN; Assistant Director of Clinical Nurse Educator Simulation at the University of Washington School of Nursing Simulation Center Keondra Rustan, Ph.D., RN, CHSE, CNE; and Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona College of Nursing Amber Kool, DNP, RN. Learning objectives include:

  1. Appraise current literature related to simulation use during the pandemic.
  2. Identify opportunities for the inclusion of simulation in your curriculum.
  3. Apply strategies for simulation beyond the simulation lab.

High Reality vs. High Fidelity: What’s the Difference When it Comes to Clinical Simulators?

Presented by Penni Eggers M.Ed, CHSE on Nov. 3rd at 11 AM PDT, this one-hour beginner webinar discusses the difference between “High Reality” and “High Fidelity” and why it is important when choosing a patient simulator. Topics explore: What does “High Reality” mean? What is the difference between High Reality and High Fidelity in clinical simulation? Why is High Reality so important?

One of the biggest advancements we see in the healthcare simulation industry is the increased level of realism. While “high fidelity” is well-known in clinical simulation, the term does not necessarily mean that it is realistic. High reality focuses on creating a truly believable medical simulation using lifelike manikins and collaborative technology. Learning objectives include:

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  1. Differentiate between “high-realism” and “high-fidelity”.
  2. Apply this difference to patient simulators on the market.
  3. Understand the potential high-reality simulators have to increase learner outcomes.

More About the Presenter: Penni Eggers M.Ed, CHSE, clinical education manager at Echo Healthcare, spent 15 years as a firefighter/paramedic for the Dunedin Fire Department in Dunedin, Florida. Once retired, she joined St. Petersburg college as a CME Instructor where she taught for 9 years. During that time, she also joined Palm Beach Gardens Fire and Rescue as an EMS Educator, Simulations Coordinator, and Instructional Designer. Penni joined Echo Healthcare in 2021 after being introduced to the company’s products and mission during her time at Palm Beach Gardens Fire and Rescue. Penni is striving to change the paradigm of EMS education by using innovative simulation technology and creative methodologies to design a more immersive learning environment for the learner.

How Clinical Simulation Is Driving the Next Wave of Resuscitation Education

Presented by Luther Cale, Vice President, Resuscitation at HealthStream on Nov. 9th at 11 AM PST, this one-hour intermediate webinar shares how improved resuscitation education through healthcare simulation and adaptive learning can save time and money. Participants will learn how this move to simulated training is driving the next wave of innovation in resuscitation education. Then, HealthStream experts will demonstrate how exactly leading healthcare organizations are delivering improved education and saving the organization significant money by incorporating adaptive learning and simulation into their critical clinical education programs. Learning objectives include:

  1. Discover key reasons why simulated training is right for resuscitation education.
  2. Find out why now is the right time to take your resuscitation education online.
  3. See how you can save time and money with an adaptive program.

More About the Presenters: In his current role, Luther Cale, vice president of Resuscitation at HealthStream, oversees all aspects of HealthStream’s resuscitation and clinical deterioration solutions, including the launch and growth of new solutions in the marketplace. He is a founding member of the American Red Cross Innovation Council on Resuscitation and served as a liaison to the American College of Emergency Physician’s expert panel tasked with designing innovative programs for recognizing excellence in resuscitation during actual clinical practice.

John Dymond has served as the Associate Vice President for Resuscitation at HealthStream for the past 4 years after joining HealthStream in January 2009. He has more than 15 years of healthcare technology experience. Throughout his career at HealthStream, John has been fortunate to have worked with hundreds of healthcare organizations, achieving innovative ways to improve clinical quality. He values people and strives for continued learning and development while improving results. John has been instrumental in the launch of multiple simulation-based solutions positioning our partners and HealthStream for continued success and commitment to the resuscitation and clinical space.

Leveraging Conversational AI to Train Better Healthcare Providers

Presented by Nick Stoick, BS on Nov. 10th at 8 AM PST, this one-hour beginner webinar shares how Spark and Alex enable clinical simulation learners to become better communicators and better healthcare providers. Learning objectives include :
Understand the benefits of communication training for students in healthcare-related fields.
Review PCS Spark and how it enables communication training with conversational AI.
Review Alex and how it provides communication training while also performing the everyday tasks of a patient simulator.

Spark: PCS Spark is a virtual patient platform built on the powerful conversation engine, enabling students to converse with a digital patient using their own words and phrases. Learners are also able to perform a full health assessment, administer drug treatments with modeled physiology, work together using TeamSpace multiplayer, and receive immediate automated performance feedback at the end of every scenario. PCS Spark is accessible via VR and screen-based modalities.

Alex: Alex is the cloud-connected patient simulator that can talk for himself! Leveraging the same conversation engine as Spark, Alex is able to understand learners and respond back with scenario-specific responses. In addition to speaking, Alex can also see thanks to the built-in IrisCam, which provides learners with a unique patient perspective for debriefing. Alex also includes all the functionality you would expect from a modern patient simulator such as palpable pulses, auscultation, and CPR metrics.

More About the Presenter: Nick Stoick, BS, the vice president of sales at PCS, has been in the healthcare simulation field for over 10 years spending time working with everything from task trainers to augmented reality and now artificial intelligence. At his current role in PCS, Soick drives the adoption of PCS Spark to help schools provide immersive simulation-based learning from a distance.

Breathing Easier: Quickly Building Respiratory Scenarios with RespiSim Patient Simulator

Presented by Justina Gerard BSRC, MBA, RRT on Nov. 12 at 7 AM PST, this one-hour, intermediate webinar will showcase the latest Breathing Patient Simulator RespiSim from IngMar Medical, as well as how easily clinical educators can use the tool to quickly create respiratory scenarios. IngMar Medical’s RespiSim was designed to make a simulation of respiratory events much easier, without sacrificing the highest levels of clinical fidelity. In this webinar, participants learn simulation tips and tricks to easily build respiratory, resuscitation, and ventilation scenarios from scratch using the brand new RespiSim 4.0 Software and RespiPro. Walk away from this presentation with the Scenario Building 101 template and the inspiration and confidence to create clinical simulation respiratory patient scenarios independently! Learning objectives include:

  1. Review IngMar Medical’s RespiSim Patient Breathing Simulator.
  2. Learn how to quickly and easily create respiratory simulation scenarios using RespiSim.
  3. Consider additional opportunities to utilize RespiSim throughout your entire clinical simulation training program.

More About the Presenter: Prior to joining IngMar Medical in 2018, Justina Gerard BSRC, MBA, RRT was a Senior Respiratory Therapist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC East Hospital. She has also served as an adjunct professor for the IUP/West Penn Hospital Respiratory Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA from California University of Pennsylvania.

Creating a Makerspace in Your Healthcare Simulation Labs

Presented by David Biffar MS, CHSOS-A on Nov. 16, at 10 AM PST, this one-hour intermediate webinar will share the opportunities and process of building a shared Makerspace, or innovative DIY prototyping development space, in your healthcare simulation labs. provides an opportunity for simulation operations specialists, administrators, and directors to discuss best practices for onboarding and managing an in-house makerspace. The session is designed for those who are considering or are in the planning stages of establishing a new makerspace, as well as those interested in taking their existing space to another level.

This course will not delve into the granular details of making specific models but will address the various methodologies available to do so (e.g. cast and mold, 3D printing) as well as best practices for managing these resources and collaborating with educators and/or researchers. Content will address startup and annual budget considerations and effective project management techniques. The course will speak to the inception of modelmaking ideas, design considerations, beta testing, and logistical considerations for the deployment of new models to targeted learner groups. Considerations for model validation and technology transfer will be discussed. Research and funding opportunities, industry collaborations, and determining return on investment will also be reviewed. Learning objectives include:

  1. Gain insight into various considerations for launching and implementing a new makerspace and maintaining a cost-effective operation.
  2. Learn about available makerspace technologies, how to balance modelmaking with an educational operation, and effective collaboration.
  3. Engage with several case examples that highlight effective project management techniques, successful research, funding opportunities.

More About the Presenter: David Biffar MS, CHSOS-A is the Director of Operations for the Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC) and the Center for Advanced Technologies in Healthcare (CATH). He is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist-Advanced (CHSOS-A), Editor-in-Chief of the Simulation Technology and Resource Magazine (STORM), and an Accreditation Reviewer with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

He has advanced training on the design and implementation of clinical simulation technology and the operational components to maintain a successful simulation center with over 20,000 Learner contact hours each year. He has developed simulation activities for all levels of healthcare, including multiple health science colleges, numerous hospital provider groups, and pre-hospital first responder organizations. His research interests include human factors and usability testing in healthcare environments, the efficacy of model-making for the assessment of procedural competency, and interprofessional simulation training modalities.

Nursing 101 Skills Training Kit from Remedy Simulation Group

To help provide clinical simulation educators with all the resources needed Remedy Simulation Group has developed and released a Nursing 101 Training Kit. Presented by David Szabo, MS on Nov. 30th at 10 AM PST, this one-hour beginner presentation showcases the distance learning Nursing 101 Clinical Skills training kit from Remedy Simulation Group. Join this product demonstration webinar to learn key features of the kit and product use cases. This specially packaged kit was assembled with help from their University and Simulation Lab partners to address healthcare simulation labs’ core needs. This kit includes everything needed to aid in the training of Injection, IV administration, Venipuncture, Catheterization, Diabetic Testing, and Wound Care Dressing.

More About the Presenter: David Szabo, MS, is the president and co-founder of both Remedy Medical Group & Remedy Simulation Group, In addition, he is the vice president of R&D, Operations Anuncia, Inc. Scottsdale, Arizona. Szabo is an experienced entrepreneur and corporate product development professional. Capable of mixing engineering problem solving with sales skills and financial discipline resulting in a well-rounded technical business professional.

More About 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. Many webinar presentations are recorded and viewable from anywhere at any time.

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