January 18, 2022By Lance Baily

IMSH 2022: Day 3 Healthcare Simulation Conference Information, Updates

The 2022 International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) is here! Hosted by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSiH), this year’s event provides an opportunity for healthcare simulation champions from around the world to come together. IMSH 2022 remains a hybrid event as planned, taking place in person and virtually from January 15 to January 19, 2022, in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year, SSH welcomes more than 90 exhibitors and more than 1,200 registered simulationists! Today’s events include a keynote presentation by Yassmin Abdel-Magied, shared stories, educational sessions, CHSE/CHSOS Testing, and an international reception with affiliation signing.

IMSH 2022 Tuesday Plenary Session

Today’s Plenary Session: Keynote Presentation by Yassmin Abdel-Magied, titled “Transformative Leadership”,  will take place from 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM. Abdel-MagiedOne of the 2020 LinkedIn Changemakers, Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster, and award-winning social advocate with a background in mechanical engineering. Abdel-Magied is a globally sought-after advisor on issues of social justice, focused on the intersections of race, gender, and faith. She has traveled to over 24 countries across five continents, speaking to governments, civil society, and corporates on inclusive leadership, tackling bias, and achieving substantive change.


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HealthySimulation.com & SSH Press Box Partnership

All this week in the vendor hall, SSH and HealthySimulation.com are working together to promote discussions important to the global industry. Those in person can listen in, and those unable to attend will be able to watch the recordings of this content soon! Talks include:

  • Day 1 (Sunday, 4-6 PM) – REUNITE:
    • 4:00PM – 4:45PM: Survey Results: “Impacts of COVID on Healthcare Simulation”
    • 4:45PM – 5:15PM: Impacts of COVID Vendor Panel featuring EMS & CAE Healthcare
    • 5:15PM – 5:45PM: More updates coming soon!
    • 5:45PM – 6:00PM: HealthySim LEARN Platform Update
  • Day 2 (Monday, 11:30-1 PM) – CONNECT:
    • 11:30AM – 12:00PM: Shared Stories: Successes in Simulation
    • 12:00PM – 12:30PM: SSH President’s Interview
    • 12:30PM – 1:00PM: SSH Accreditation & Certification
  • Day 3 (Tuesday, 11:30-1 PM) – ADVANCE:
    • 11:30AM – 12:00PM: The Metaverse is Calling, How XR Will Change Simulation
    • 12:00PM – 12:30PM: Advancing the Industry, What We Need to Achieve Mass Adoption
    • 12:30PM – 1:00PM: More Updates Coming Soon!

Stop by the Press Box in the back of the vendor hall for more!

Daily Program Schedule
All times Eastern Time Zone (United States)


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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

7:00 AM – 8:15 AM: Section, Interest Group, and Affinity Group Meetings
7:00 AM – 4:30 PM: Registration
7:00 AM – 4:30 PM: SSH Central
7:00 AM – 4:30 PM: Presenter Center
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM: Plenary Session: Keynote Presentation – Yassmin Abdel-Magied, “Transformative Leadership”
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM: Exhibit Hall Open
10:00 AM – CHSE/CHSOS Testing
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Educational Sessions
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: SSH Technology Experiential Area
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Lunch in Exhibit Hall
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM: Committees, Section, and Affinity Group Meetings
2:00 PM: Exhibit Hall Closes – teardown begins
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Educational Sessions
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: SSH Technology Experiential Area
2:00 PM – CHSE/CHSOS Testing
3:00 PM– 4:30 PM: Educational Sessions
3:00 PM– 4:30 PM: SSH Technology Experiential Area
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: International Reception with Affiliation Signing

Session Recap
(Elizabeth Wells-Beede, Ph.D., RN, C-EFM, CNE, CHSE-A, shares her experience from the presentation sessions of IMSH Day 3)

Today’s plenary started with a recap and Presidential citation awards. Dr. Maxworthy recognized the CEO from Zoom Eric Yuan for his grace and contributions during the global pandemic. Additionally, Dr. Maxworthy recognized the editing team for the second edition of Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs. Drs Palaganas, Okuda, and Mancinni were all present to receive their award and Dr. Maxworthy will present the award to Dr. Chad Epps’ family at a later time.

After Dr. Maxworthy recognized her final awards, the research committee shared updates and acknowledged the scholarly work being conducted at this time. An update was also provided regarding the 2023 Research Summit. This particular work is significant to the simulation committee to ensure we are staying abreast with evidence-based practice.

The keynote speaker for today’s plenary session was Yassmin Abdel-Magied, sharing a significant message regarding unconscious and implicit bias. In light of the current climate and the ongoing challenges with flaws in the system surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion, her message was important to hear. There are so many thoughts that are ingrained in our cultures that continue to impact society as a whole.

These thoughts are significant in exploring deeper as healthcare providers that are charged with ensuring safe patient practice. Looking beyond our first impression, as suggested by Abdel-Magied, to minimize and hopefully remove bias are important. Challenging where the idea that initially “pops” in our heads when viewing a patient, student, peer or stranger may help us realize the thought maybe untrue or perpetuated by negative media and/or faulty thoughts.

She challenged the audience to focus on patient-centered communication that ensures the patient is “seen” and “heard” as an individual. She left the audience with her final thoughts in sharing that “one simple conversation can have a life-changing impact”. Today is all about connecting and remembering that as small as being kind might be, it could help someone through the day.

10 AM Session

Lots of Little Conversations: Mentoring Simulation Facilitators through Best Practices was presented by members of the team at the Carolinas Simulation Center. The Carolinas Simulation Center has dual accreditation. The mentorship program they have established, MentorSim, has been peer-reviewed by SSiH creditors. This four-tier system to develop facilitators helps this program appropriately follow the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice.

During the session, they described how they incorporate the Professional Development, Professional Integrity, Simulation Design, and Facilitation standards into their training process. During the workshop they had the attendees interact in the “mentor” role with role-played scenarios that presented as somewhat difficult situations. This session helped all the attendees gain knowledge on the significance of taking baby steps and having lots of little conversations as they move the needle in professional development.

There were a number of conversations within the groups regarding the difficulty associated with providing appropriate feedback with facilitators and also ensuring they are current with best practices. The process established by the presenters provides continuous feedback and mentorship for the facilitators, providing them resources to ensure they are meeting the needs of the tier they would like to meet.

The program is asynchronous and allows the facilitators to move the bar to higher tiers past the basic at their own comfort level. In line with the multiple sessions during the conference, it was reiterated that professional development is fluid and ever-changing, requiring simulationists to stay up to date with the literature to ensure they are providing safe educational practices as well.

3 PM Session

Rapid Cycle Debriefing Process, the final session of the day was an interactive session that asked the participants to take place in several debriefing sessions. After receiving a prebrief on the objectives of the session the facilitators led the participants through what they call a rapid cycle debriefing process where the participants rotate through multiple sessions of role play and debriefing activities.

During the session the participants had the opportunity to practice debriefing a difficult scenario utilizing the Advocacy Inquiry and the DASH model to debrief the debriefer. Once all participants rotated and were at the limited time the group as a whole was debriefed. The debrief explored the methods utilized and shared personal experiences.

Vendor Updates

1) Avkin has released Avbirth, a wearable simulator packed with all of the technology needed to transform childbirth education. This wearable simulator is designed to transform childbirth education from an observation and shadowing experience to a fully immersed, patient care erience. Users can now include objectives such as closed-looped communication with an interprofessional team and therapeutic communication with the patient and their significant other through all phases of labor and delivery.

Avbirth pairs with the Avkin App to control the release of a variety of natal fluids, haptically cue the wearer during a contraction, progress the labor at the desired rate, and include additional challenges for the development of critical thinking such as shoulder dystocia or postpartum hemorrhage.

2) MedVision will have an updated Arthur (a pediatric simulator) on exhibit at IMSH 2022. He will have the lifelike look, feel, hair, etc that Leo has. Arthur was created to bring pediatric patient care to a whole new level. The simulator comes with realistic chest compressions, including depth, frequency, hands placement assessment, ventilation volume, and a detailed activity log. MedVision‘s design has resulted in Arthur’s conformity to all pediatric care requirements and standards.

3) Echo Healthcare Inc., a global leader in high-reality simulation, disrupts the healthcare simulation industry once again with the announcement of SecondSkin. Designed to dramatically transform human patient simulators, SecondSkin provides a high level of realism and diversity that has never been seen before.

Designed to be fitted over top of existing patient simulators, SecondSkin allows for the functionality and full range of motion of the simulator it is outfitted for. Created from scans of real human beings, SecondSkin provides extreme realism, down to the finite physical and anatomical details of an actual human. SecondSkin effortlessly changes a patient simulator’s age, gender, and ethnicity, increasing diversity in simulation training.

“The suspension of disbelief that we believe is so critical in healthcare simulation has driven us towards innovation. Today I am proud to announce SecondSkin. SecondSkin delivers an unmatched level of realism in the industry. SecondSkin is a project we have been incredibly passionate about. Everything we do is guided by our mission to help save lives and improve patient outcomes. Increasing diversity in healthcare simulation is one way we are doing that. Most patient simulators being used in training are Caucasian middle-aged males. With SecondSkin, you can now train your learners on patient simulators that represent the population they serve. Everyone deserves to be represented in healthcare simulation,” said Kevin King, CEO of Echo Healthcare.

4) Oxford Medical Simulation is known for scenario quality, breadth of content, and freedom for learners – who can access with or without faculty in a headset or on screen. These abilities have led to the incredible uptake of OMS, which has allowed us to continue to push the boundaries of what VR can offer.

In 2022, the OMS team has three big releases planned. This includes OMS Create, a full-stack authoring platform that allows users to create VR simulation scenarios without coding or VR development experience. OMS Create will enable users to adapt existing content – such as changing labs, radiology, conversation – all the way to envisaging and building scenarios entirely from scratch. Next, a new voice control functionality is made possible through OMS Communicate. Driven by Natural Language Processing (NLP) and machine learning algorithms, OMS Communicate allows learners to speak naturally with virtual patients as they would do in real life.

Lastly, OMS Touch – hand control functionality from OMS – allows learners to manipulate objects within OMS scenarios just like in real life using Touch controllers with vibrotactile feedback and procedural grip. Using Touch controllers with vibrotactile feedback and procedural grip, OMS Touch allows learners to manipulate objects within OMS scenarios just like in real life. This lets you take clinical skills and task training to a whole new level, with learners practicing flexibly, as many times as they like, before they ever get near the patient.

5) The new TCS Pro Series from Operative Experience, is a revolutionary, fully modular portfolio of tactical trauma care simulators featuring groundbreaking, on-the-fly interchangeable wounds, and trauma configurations; fully-integrated patient monitoring, and all-new advanced software capabilities and scenarios. With TCS Pro’s interchangeable wound capability, each simulator can be quickly and easily modified to support a uniquely diverse range of scenarios and training possibilities.




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More About IMSH

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) hosts IMSH annually and offers over 250 sessions encompassing interactive and immersive courses and plenary sessions. The IMSH meeting is aligned with the SSH’s mission to “provide hands-on learning in leading-edge medical simulation trends and technology, networking and collaboration.” Furthermore, the programs are all peer-reviewed and are selected to serve the needs of novices to experts.

“Every year, professionals from all experience levels and from more than 50 countries attend IMSH,” Kathy Adams, Director of Continuing Education, SSH, said. “Any professional interested in or currently working in healthcare simulation will find value in the healthcare simulation conference; the range of learning formats — from small, interactive workshops, to large, inspiring plenaries – and the breadth of topics presented by global experts ensures that there is something for every learning style, interest and experience level.”

At IMSH meetings, key areas of discussion are often new ideas, leadership development, new processes, and research findings, innovative approaches, design strategies, return on investment, and improved communication techniques. As a catalyst for advancement and evolution in healthcare simulation technology, the IMSH brings together and connects industry professionals to learn. The event is considered to be one of the top educational and networking events for the healthcare simulation world, especially for those with interests in IPE.

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