June 24, 2022By Lance Baily

SimOps 2022: ‘New Limits No Boundaries’ | July 20-22, 2022

Hosted by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, the SimOps healthcare simulation conference is designed to support the professional development of the Simulation Operations Specialist (SOS). Now in the event’s eighth year, the conference’s planning committee has selected the theme, “New Limits No Boundaries.” This theme is meant to represent the call to action for all SOS in the field of healthcare simulation answered in the wake of the pandemic. Those interested in attending the event either in person in Greater Cincinnati or online via the virtual format can do so by registering by Friday, July 22, 2022, at 12 p.m. ET.

Held at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center (SETEC) from July 20 to July 22, 2022, this year’s event will address the myriad challenges and burdens healthcare simulation centers and schools have faced during the pandemic. These situations placed clinical simulation centers and medical simulation facilities around the globe in a variety of similar yet different situations.

“We not only had to adapt but anticipate potential barriers while ensuring everyone’s safety. As we continue to navigate the still arduous path out of this pandemic, we must remember that we are not alone. It is only together that we can achieve progress and provide solutions to the challenges our field faces,” SSH explains on the event’s webpage.

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Further, the organization shares that, with each challenge answered, clinical simulation leaders, can continue to expand the field of healthcare simulation to “new limits.” This can be accomplished by shining a light on the accomplishments of fellow SOS, and SSH hopes to inspire others to continue to pursue the infinite possibilities for their professional development.

The planning team additionally hopes to encourage the SOS community to submit content highlighting creativity and innovation within the field of medical simulation. This is why they believe this year’s theme provides SOS an opportunity to showcase a “no boundaries” approach and display the immeasurable contributions that make to the healthcare simulation team.

Conveying this approach and the importance of creativity and innovation throughout the industry, the SImOps 2022 keynote speaker, Chaitanya Mandapakala, MD, will provide a presentation titled, “Realizing the Full Potential of Healthcare Simulation.”

Ahead of this discussion, Mandapakala asks, “As someone who works in the field of simulation, are you feeling you are not being utilized to your fullest potential? Do you feel your organization doesn’t see your worth or recognize the importance of simulation? How has the pandemic affected you? When everyone is so busy with the pandemic and its challenges, is this not the time to be investing energy and resources in simulation, or has its value actually gone up?”

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As a pulmonologist and intensivist who also specializes in quality improvement, process improvement, and healthcare simulation, Mandapakala will convey a timely and engaging session on the importance of simulation. He will then highlights the field’s limitless potential in today’s healthcare. He believes now is the time to highlight the value of a strong clinical simulation program.

One objective of his keynote presentation is to review aspects of the psychology of human learning and the importance of healthcare simulation. Mandapakala also plans to discuss the benefits of healthcare simulation and paths to realizing the full potential of a simulation program. He will describe the value of healthcare simulation in process improvement exercises and the value of process improvement in further refining healthcare simulation as well.

Rounding out the event, the closing keynote, presented by experts in the Simulation Operations Specialists community, will focus on “The Right Technology for the Job.” During this presentation, attendees will learn about what constitutes perceived limits to technology at their institution, and they can begin to find opportunities to expand their boundaries at their centers.

Other takeaways from this presentation are the ability to gain confidence with their technology dilemmas, and find new limits to surpass. Panelists will include:

  • Dave Biffar, CHSOS-A, MS, Arizona Simulation Technology & Education Center (ASTEC)*, Tuscon, AZ
  • Tom Dongilli, CHSOS-A, Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER)*, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Amy Follmer, CHSOS-A, Zamierowski Institute for Experiential Learning (ZIEL), Kansas City, KS
  • Matt Hackett, PhD, Army Futures Command, Medical Simulation Research Branch, Orlando, FL
  • Rami Leventhal, MS, Northern Kentucky University, Cincinatti Metropolitan Area
  • David Shablak, CHSOS-A, Orbis Education (Xavier), Indianapolis, IN

Together, these panelists will discuss choosing the right technology (for a specific scenario, and for a simulation program), what a healthcare simulation program can do with the current technology and what to purchase within budget. They will also discuss the need to keep technology use simple and focused on the objectives, and to build technology used in a simulation program. Added objectives include:

  • Discuss what SOS can do with the technology in a simulation center and budget
  • Review how to choose the right technology
  • Describe how to keep technology use simple while also building technology used in a simulation program

By sharing their experiences, the panelists intend to provide insight and inspiration for attendees so that they are able to see the potential opportunities within their own healthcare simulation centers. This type of DIY approach to problem-solving last-minute issues or requests will help attendees add more tools to their trade, SSH says.


  • Opening & Closing Keynotes (July 21 & 22, 2022)
  • Two days of live SimOps workshops (July 21 & 22, 2022)
  • SimOps Exhibit Hall (July 21 – 22, 2022)
  • SSH SimVentors Demonstrations (July 21, 2022)
  • SSH SimVentors Technology Experiential Area
  • Meeting of the Simulation Operations Technology Section (SOTS)
  • St. Elizabeth’s Experience (tours, etc)
  • Additional prerecorded sessions


  • Live stream of keynotes (July 21 & 22, 2022). Available as recordings in SimOps Delivers, beginning July 27, 2022.
  • Live stream of six workshops (July 21 & 22, 2022). Available as recordings in SimOps Delivers, beginning July 27, 2022.
  • Additional prerecorded sessions
  • Minimum of 15 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) units

More About SSH

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of healthcare simulation. Established in 2004 by professionals using clinical simulation for education, testing, and research in health care, SSH membership includes physicians, nurses, allied health and paramedical personnel, researchers, educators, and developers from around the globe. SSH fosters the improvement and application of simulation-based modalities such as human patient simulators, virtual reality, standardized patients, and task trainers.

Recognizing that simulation represents a paradigm shift in health care education, SSH promotes improvements in simulation technology, educational methods, practitioner assessment, and patient safety that promote better patient care and can improve patient outcomes.

A major venue for advancing simulation in medicine is the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH). A precursor to IMSH was the first Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA) meeting with simulation as the focus in 1998. In January 2001, the First International Meeting for Medical Simulation (IMMS) was held. This became the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare with an official name change in 2007 to reflect the diversity of SSH.

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