January 11, 2023By Lance Baily

WISER Shares Updates on Academy, Fellowships, Product Availability

The University of Pittsburgh’s Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER) is a state-of-the-art simulation training and research facility serving the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC. This year, WISER will be in attendance at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2023), the world’s largest conference, and plans to discuss available programs and products at Booth 1059. Anyone attending the upcoming IMSH conference is encouraged to visit the WISER team to learn more about the institute’s academy, fellowships, and product availability. This HealthySimulation.com article helps to highlight some of WISER’s recent announcements and exciting offerings available to healthcare simulation learners.

For example, WISER recently announced re-accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in all five individual areas: Assessment, Research, Teaching and Education, Systems and Integration, and Fellowship. IMSH 2023 attendees should register for “SSH Presents: Exemplary Practices in SSH Accreditation” and add the presentation to their IMSH scheduler for Wednesday, January 25 at 11:30 a.m. During this presentation, the WISER team will join other accredited programs for a panel discussion on the latest processes and best practices.

Can’t fit the session into your schedule? Stop by the WISER booth in the Exhibit Hall to hear more of the staff’s perspective on the process as you prepare for your own accreditation journey.

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SIMS 3.0

Also of note, WISER encourages those exploring learning and informational management systems for their simulation center to inquire about SIMS 3.0. This is a dynamic system—built and used by WISER’s own team—and is uniquely designed to support simulation centers of all sizes. Users can customize their package with robust scheduling functions, extensive LMS capabilities, and a full range of reporting on any activity.

They can also customize their scheduling templates, calendar layouts, and user roles to meet the needs of the space and staff. As SIMS 3.0 is housed “in the cloud,” the system is designed for flexibility to support a variety of staffing, equipment, and facility layout. This helps enable each team to manage multiple locations and manage requests from anywhere.

Further, the Learning Management System capabilities allow both learners and faculty to have customized curricula and quizzes, surveys, and evaluations (QSE). Users can upload videos, presentations, PDFs, and downloadable files or customize curriculum web pages for learners as well as teaching aids for instructors. (WISER offers discounts for multi-year SIMS 3.0 agreements.)

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WISER Courses

Additionally, WISER offers a variety of in-person and online courses to support simulation learning for simulationists at every level through WISER Academy. Specifically, whether someone is new to a simulation career or is an experienced sim leader looking for continuing education opportunities, WISER’s TechSim Course can help. The course runs both in-person and online.

Topics include training in medical simulation terminology, center technology, repair and maintenance, running sim sessions, and much more. Both formats receive SSH-approved Continuing Professional Development Credits that can be used for both CHSOS and CHSE certifications or re-certification.

Another WISER offering, Improving Simulation Instructional Methods (iSIM) is a unique, two-day program that provides participants with practical instructional skills that will enable them to become more proficient at using simulation in healthcare education. iSIM is a collaborative effort of the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education (GCRME) at the University of Miami and WISER.

The iSIM course is designed as an introduction to fundamental skills and abilities for delivering simulation-based education. With hands-on activities, participants learn a variety of techniques and technologies to maximize sim instruction skills. The goal is that they will leave the course being able to carry out design, development, and integration of simulation-based instruction, assessment, and feedback. All iSIM courses are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).

WISER Fellowship

Each year, WISER hosts one-and two-year Fellowship programs, as well as shorter-term preceptorship opportunities for healthcare and simulation professionals around the world to develop their proficiency in simulation education. During the programs, fellows complete the WISER curriculum that includes WISER Foundation, electives, workshops, and course observations that can be selected and tailored to meet each fellow’s goals and interests within healthcare simulation. Fellows also partner with a WISER mentor to conceptualize, develop, and complete a customized project.

An exciting achievement, WISER earned exemplary practice marks for commitment to long-term relationships with program alumni. The staff follows up with Fellows after the completion of their programs to assist with the implementation of projects and practices at their “home” institutions or to assist alumni in their own center accreditation process.

International participants are additionally supported by the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of International Services. The office provides support for visa and immigration, community resources, and English language development, and more.

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More About WISER

WISER is a world-class multidisciplinary healthcare simulation training and research facility out of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. WISER’s mission is to conduct research and training programs utilizing clinical simulation-based education to increase patient safety at the UPMC as well as prepare future healthcare providers at the University of Pittsburgh. WISER is directed by Paul Phrampus, MD, Director, WISER, Medical Director, Patient Safety, who is also a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine and the Medical Director of Patient Safety for UPMC.

In addition to improving patient safety, the facility is dedicated to the advancement of healthcare simulation and education to promote education, mentorship, systems design, and research to enhance the high-quality delivery of healthcare. To achieve this outcome, WISER works to enhance patient safety through state-of-the-art educational and assessment methodologies and techniques. The facility also creates innovative education programs for healthcare providers ranging from students to practicing professionals.

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