September 12, 2022By Lance Baily

Healthcare Simulation Week 2022 Celebrates ‘Excellence in a New Era’

Each year, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) hosts Healthcare Simulation Week – an observance dedicated to celebrating clinical simulation professionals worldwide. This year the weeklong observance was held from September 12 to September 16, 2022, with the theme being “Excellence in a New Era.” Simulationists from all over the world – from Reykjavík, Iceland to Auckland to New Zealand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Khon Kaen, Thailand – were granted the opportunity to take part in several insightful healthcare simulation sessions hosted by SSH. This article highlights these sessions as well as other planned for the week. Sim Week Discount Code: For 10% off the LEARN CE/CME platform, including any course, webinar, or subscription, use the code “SIMWEEK22.”

Ultimately, this year’s theme, “Excellence in a New Era,” put the spotlight on each and every clinical simulation program’s efforts to position healthcare simulation as a leader across their respective medical organization. A grassroots effort to celebrate the entire industry, Healthcare Simulation Week also provided activities to showcase SSH’s own offerings across the wider community. To demonstrate the event’s reach, in 2021 a record 541 pins from 46 countries were posted on the Healthcare Simulation Week Participation Map!

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“Each fall, during the week following September 11, I have watched this amazing campaign evolve and grow over the past five years from a simple, ‘What if we had a week to celebrate our industry?’ into annually celebrating ‘all of us’ as we promote the healthcare simulation profession through standards and ethics, and champion healthcare simulation through advocating, sharing, facilitating, and collaborating,” shared SSH President Haru Okuda, MD, FACEP, in the Healthcare Simulation Week toolkit. “In that spirit, I want to reiterate ‘the why’ of this week. It is about YOU! It is a celebration of your work, your time, your effort, your passion, and your belief that healthcare simulation helps build the foundation of a stronger healthcare system that, in turn, provides the best patient care possible in our communities.”

SSH Sim Week Daily Sessions

Monday, Sept. 12
Session: Striving for Excellence with Advocacy in Simulation
SSH President Haru Okuda MD, FACEP, FSSH
Time: 12 p.m. ET (U.S.)

Session: Striving for Excellence when Starting a Simulation Program
Dr Sujatha Thyagarajan MBBS, DCH, MRCPCH, CCT in Paediatrics, FRCPCH
Time: 12 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time (UTC+5)

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Tuesday, Sept. 13
Session: How does our Code of Ethics Inform Excellence in a New Era
Bob Kiser, CEC, CHSE, Associate Director
Laura McKenzie, Assistant Director of Human-Based Simulation
Tanja Barac, NREMT, CHSOS, Assistant Director of Technology-Based Simulation
Time: 12 p.m. ET (U.S.)

Session: Achieving Excellence with Simulated (“Standardized”) Patients
Debra Nestel PhD FSSH
Time: 12 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time (UTC+5)

Wednesday, Sept 14
Session: Ensuring Excellence in Simulation Education
Andrew Spain MA, EMT-P (ret), Representing SSH
Teresa Gore PhD, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CHSE-A, FSSH, FAAN, Representing INACSL
Time: 12 p.m. ET (U.S.) AND 12 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time (UTC+5)

Thursday, Sept. 15
Session: Striving for Excellence with Simulation Research
Michelle Kelly, PhD, MN BSC RN
Karen Mangold, MD, MEd
Jill Sanko, PhD, APRN, CHSE-A, FSSH
Time: 12 p.m. ET (U.S.)

Session: Technology that Promotes Excellence in Simulation
David Rawaf MSc MBBS (MD), BSc (Hons), MSc (T+O), MRCS
Time: 1200-1230 Pakistan Standard Time (UTC+5)

Friday, Sept. 16
Session: Aspiring Towards SIM-Excellence in a New Era
SSH President-Elect Jayne Smitten PhD, MEd, CHSE-A, FSSH
Michelle Higgins-Mahe DNP, RN
Time: 12 p.m. ET (U.S.)

Session: Attaining Excellence Through Realistic Simulations
Helena Wagner Porto Rocha
Time: 12 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time (UTC+5)

Additional Sim Week Events/Updates

Sentinel U Digital Scavenger Hunt

From now through Sept. 16, nursing educators are invited to follow the clues for their chance to win. Winners may choose from a variety of Sentinel U products for their prize bundle. Completed scavenger hunt entries must be received by midnight EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Winners will be announced on Sept. 16 at the culmination of Healthcare Simulation Week. Winners may choose from a variety of Sentinel U products for their prize bundle, including the Advanced Practice Series, a new simulation series offering authentic virtual encounters for nurse practitioners, physician assistants/associates (PA), and medical students to hone their clinical judgment and decision-making skills; and ALIGN Community Health Course Digital Teaching Resources, a digital program providing nurse educators with 16 weeks of content that complement any community health course curriculum, eliminating the need for physical textbooks.

Avkin Opportunities

Echo Healthcare is sharing new Simulation videos all this week:

  • Monday: Echo Healthcare will be sponsoring Jarrod Young’s podcast on the Sim Café which will air Monday, September 12 at 10:00am EST.
  • Tuesday: Who is Echo Healthcare? Learn how their amazing company supports many simulation training programs throughout the world.
  • Wednesday: How can you make your training environment more realistic and more immersive for your learners? Learn how Texas State Technical College has!
  • Thursday: Learn how can a Master Level Service Agreement like MeLiSA streamline your simulator support and benefit your training program? Learn more here.

SimGHOSTS Webinars All Week!

  • Monday: Is Simulation a Solution to Enhancing Patient Safety?
  • Tuesday: Procedural Skills Tracking with Multiple Iteration Skills Tracker (MIST)
  • Wednesday: Stop the Bleed – Bleeding Control
  • Thursday: Simulation Infrastructure Design
  • Friday: Virtual Simulation Lab Tours – Behind the Scenes Access

INACSL will be sending our members one email Monday – Friday next week promoting Healthcare SIM Week and the toolkit resources, as well as INACSL resources to support simulationists’ professional development. The company will also be hosting a free webinar titled “Applying for Endorsement: What’s Next?” on Wednesday, September 14 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST in celebration of Healthcare Simulation Week.

Nasco Healthcare will be sharing key leadership interviews on the Check out the Nasco Healthcare Facebook Page.

Lumeto plans to share images/posts from a live VR-based Difficult Airway Management training that the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) is delivering using the product, InvolveXR.

sim2grow will be hosting a free “Incorporating Clinical Judgement into your Nursing Skills Lab” webinar on Thursday, September 14 at 4 PM EST on Google Meet.  The company will also host a Healthcare Sim Week Scavenger Hunt! A secret button will be hidden on the sim2grow website! Find and click the button to be entered into a drawing for one of several prizes including gift cards (with the grand prize being a handcrafted charcuterie board).

IPSS asks us here to post a photo of you and your fellow Healthcare Simulation professionals on social media using our hashtags #hcsimweek22 and #ipsssimweek to shine a light on what you do.

More About SSH

With over 4,000 members SSH, aka The Society for Simulation in Healthcare, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to medical simulation. The nonprofit’s mission is to advance the application and promote the art, science, and practice of healthcare simulation through global engagement. SSH seeks to reduce errors in patient care and improve clinical performance through the use of simulation.

SSH seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation. Established in 2004 by professionals using 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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