August 26, 2022By Lance Baily

Latest Clinical Simulation News From Around the World | August 2022

Helping healthcare simulation educators, administrators, and learners to stay up-to-date on industry topics, finds and shares relevant news and information from around the world. This news includes clinical simulation learning opportunities, funding updates, acquisition information, innovation progress, and more. Together, these industry updates help paint a picture of where the healthcare simulation industry is presently, and where the industry is headed as the scope of clinical simulation practice expands. Below are some of the world’s latest clinical simulation updates as of August 2022.

FundamentalVR Raises $20M for Surgical Simulation Learning

Immersive simulation platform for medical and healthcare professions, FundamentalVR, has raised $20 million in a round of funding to “accelerate skill-transfer and surgical proficiency” through virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) applications, Tech Crunch reports. The company’s latest round of funding was led by EQT Life Sciences (with participation from Downing Ventures) and has now raised just over $30 million in total.FundamentalVR designs immersive surgery simulation software to run on VR headsets and hand-held haptics tools allowing users to experience the look and feel of surgery. The company says this funding will accelerate its expansion into robotic surgery as well as its work with pharma companies to bring new procedures to market.

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Neonatal Simulation Instructor Course

The MPROvE neonatal simulation instructor course will take place on February 8 and February 9, 2023. This course was established in 2012, and the concept MPROvE relates to multidisciplinary education of any kind (i.e. multidisciplinary neonatal simulation, or TEL) being used to improve the quality of care and or neonatal outcomes. The MPROvE team delivers the neonatal simulation instructor course in 2 modules. The intention is to help institutions, hospitals, teams, and specialties develop faculty skilled in using simulation and technology-enhanced learning as an educational tool for quality improvement, delivery of high-quality neonatal care and to improve neonatal outcomes. The course is run in Southampton, United Kingdom annually but can be delivered anywhere in the world over two days.

Kitware Announces Latest Release of 3D Slicer 5.0

Kitware, a leader in developing innovative medical visualization tools, announced the release of 3D Slicer 5.0 – an open source software package used for medical, biomedical, and related imaging research. This is the first major 3D Slicer release since 2010. 3D Slicer 5.0 builds on the success of version 4, with over one million downloads of the core program and 5.3 million downloads of extensions during the last decade.

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The product allows users to solve advanced clinical and biomedical image computing challenges. Users can quickly build and deploy custom solutions for research and commercial applications using this free software that is available to the public. Due to the technology’s open-source nature, users also have access to an international community of knowledgeable users, researchers, and developers working together to improve medical computing.

RespiSim eLearning is Coming Soon

Close to launching a brand-new solution, RespiSim eLearning is coming soon! This new RespiSim subscription-based e-learning environment is designed to bring affordable, fundamental ventilation training to the entire healthcare community. Each subscription includes access to:

  • RespiSim Learning Management System (LMS)
  • RespiSim Virtual Ventilator Software

​​Nursing Professor Incorporates VR Simulation into Classroom

According to Penn State University news, Debra Loop, assistant teaching professor, simulation laboratory coordinator, and nursing instructor plans to incorporate VR simulation into the Spring 306 Pediatrics Nursing Class at Penn State Erie’s Behrend College. Using an already-established VR simulation lab at the Behrend campus run by Christopher Shelton, assistant professor and director of the virtual and augmented reality lab, Loop piloted the diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and asthma scenarios for her pediatrics students. She is confident in the new interactive classroom addition and looks forward to permanently integrating the VR simulation into her student’s learning curriculum, the school reports.

Máster: Educación de Profesionales de Ciencias de la Salud

The Master of Education of Health Sciences Professionals (MECS) is the response of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Barcelona to the set of academic and social needs and requirements directly related to the purposes of quality, innovation, and improvement that the education of health sciences professionals has raised in a globalized and knowledge society. Pedagogical quality, teaching innovation, and evaluation are the axes that preside over this program aimed at training professionals of the highest level, prepared to analyze and understand the changes that are transforming education and health systems, and with this design and development health science education programs based on the best available evidence.

Kansas City Healthcare Simulation Conference

Held on Friday, September 16, 2022, this one-day conference focuses on acknowledging and removing biases in healthcare simulation to enhance healthcare education and improve patient care. Multiple small-group workshop sessions will provide the participant with actionable steps to creating equitable patient care outcomes. The workshops are provided by leading simulation experts, as well as internationally known speakers, consultants, and researchers in nursing, medicine, simulation, and healthcare. Conference objectives include:

  • Identify and discuss the various implicit biases in the healthcare setting.
  • Develop and demonstrate the tools for addressing implicit attitudes in conversations.
  • Collaborate with colleagues on actionable ways to change behaviors and promote health equity.

Research: ‘Implementation of simulation-based health systems science modules for resident physicians’

Published in the summer of 2022, this research article addresses how health system science (HSS) encompasses both core and cross-cutting domains that emphasize the complex interplay of care delivery, finances, teamwork, and clinical practice that impact care quality and safety in healthcare. The researchers note that, although HSS skills are required during residency training for physicians, current HSS didactics have less emphasis on hands-on practice and experiential learning. Therefore, their goal became to develop and pilot three simulation scenarios as part of an educational module for resident physicians that incorporated core and cross-cutting HSS domains.

Education of Health Sciences Professionals

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Barcelona is in the final stretch of the first pre-registration period for the 3 Ed of the Master of Education for Health Sciences Professionals, accepting candidates until July 31, 2022. The university has been a pioneer and leader in the national territory in the use of cutting-edge educational methodologies, in its bosom, it has welcomed different experts who have become a reference in the national field and international. With the intention of sharing the “know-how” that the university has gained from this experience, a training line has been consolidated aimed at teacher training that it was baptized as “education of health sciences professionals.”

Amazon to Buy One Medical for $3.9B

Amazon recently announced that the company will acquire the primary care organization One Medical in a deal valued roughly at $3.9 billion. This marks another expansion for the retailer into healthcare services. In 2018, Amazon bought the online pharmacy PillPack for $750 million before opening its own online drug store that allows customers to order medication or prescription refills, and have them delivered to their front door in a couple of days, ABC news reports. Additionally, Amazon began offering its Amazon Care telemedicine program to employers nationwide last year.

Research: ‘Assessment of Medical Students’ Ability to Integrate Point-of-Care Cardiac Ultrasound Into a Case-Based Simulation After a Short Intervention’

While a large amount of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) undergraduate medical education research exists, very little assesses the effectiveness of teaching on the student’s ability to utilize POCUS within a clinical context, according to new research. For this reason, the authors set out to assess the ability of pre-clinical (second year) medical learners to perform and interpret a parasternal long axis (PSLA) cardiac ultrasound view, and to diagnose a pericardial effusion on POCUS in a simulated patient with hypotension. They did so through a prospective study assessing second-year medical students before and after focused cardiac POCUS instruction.

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