January 23, 2023By Lance Baily

IMSH 2023 Day 2: Healthcare Simulation Conference Coverage

The International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) is the world’s largest conference dedicated to healthcare simulation learning, research, and scholarship, offering 250+ sessions in various formats, from large plenary sessions to small, interactive immersive courses. This healthcare simulation conference is considered to be an educational and networking event for the clinical simulation world. For this reason, many medical simulation vendors choose to have major company announcements coincide with the event. The event will take place this year from January 21 to January 25, 2023, in Orlando, Florida. This HealthySimulation.com article shares updates and highlights from the clinical simulation conference on Monday, January 23, 2023.

Now in the conference’s 23rd year, the in-person event, along with a virtual IMSH Delivers, will offer hundreds of industry-leading presentations, cementing the event’s place as the world’s premier healthcare simulation education learning event. In recognition of the many milestones the healthcare simulation industry has achieved, the IMSH 2023 Planning Team chose the content theme, “A Standard of Excellence.”

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare states: “Chasing excellence requires effort and determination for groups or individuals who are obsessed with continuing to set a new standard. We all must take up the challenge of disrupting the status quo and continuing to strive to reach the next level. As a community, we reflect on the work of the past to set the tone for continued exploration in the field of healthcare simulation. Our challenge to never settle is a call to action for each individual to make the future of simulation one that you would be proud to set.”

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Opening Monday’s Plenary Session, the IMSH planning chairs reminded attendees that today is the first full day of educational course offerings. To receive credits, learners must fill out each course survey. Then, they shared the day’s content theme: technology. Many of the latest healthcare simulation technology products will be on display throughout the day in the exhibit hall (from 9:30 AM to 4 PM).

Next, SSH President-Elect Barry Issenberg took the stage to discuss the impact that emergency healthcare services have on society. He explains that training in these lifesaving techniques has vastly improved over the years. Notably, he highlighted Laerdal’s work to help this industry expand through the development of healthcare simulation patient simulators. Across the world, Laerdal has worked to “save more lives together.” For this reason, IMSH awarded Tore Laerdal the “Pioneer in Simulation Award.”

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In accepting this award, Laerdal explained that innovation is about impact. He added that better implementation of knowledge and solutions already in place is essential – but requires collaboration.

After several other awards were distributed, Lou Oberndorf, Chairman and CEO of Operative Experience,  provided a lecture on innovation in healthcare simulation.  He explained that innovation and challenge “doesn’t come cheap.” Thus, he emphasized the importance of the SHH fund, Building the Next Generation of Excellence. Ovendorf shared that his family is thereby committing to a four-year $50,000 gift starting in 2023.

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“Data, data, data: Practical tools for data collecting” was a 60-minute panel presentation by Chad Roth, MA, of the University of Florida’s Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (CELS). Roth discussed processes used to determine what data to collect, tools to do so, and lessons learned from his experiences across a diverse background spanning two decades in logistics and distribution operational management. Roth wasted no time trying to convince the audience of the data’s value, keeping the main point simple: Data equals knowledge.

Regardless of the size, budget, or accreditation of a Healthcare Simulation Center, one cannot manage what they do not measure. Roth provided actionable steps and resources to get started with data collection via programs like Microsoft Excel or Qualtrics. A great takeaway for anyone in the field was that tracking data is an invaluable starting point for centers seeking accreditation or an increase in budget or staffing.

Also on Monday, “​​Deeper than manikin color: Design toolkit for DEI simulation” was a 90-minute hands-on workshop presented by a team from Children’s Minnesota and led by Dr. Samreen Vora. This session was in such demand that not all the attendees who showed up were able to join due to space. Dr. Vora’s team shared work being done by their institution, including “The Role of Bias in De-Escalation,” a simulation training course where clinical staff and organizational leadership identify implicit bias by working with standardized patient (SP) actors from diverse backgrounds.

Representation within clinical teams was also discussed, with Dr. Vora highlighting how diverse teams operate with increased creativity and have higher retention rates. Another metric worth noting was that teams comprised of diverse individuals were twice as likely to make accurate diagnoses than homogenous teams.

Dr. Vora and her team concluded the session by separating the attendees into large groups where individuals shared their experiences and lessons learned regarding DEI in healthcare simulation. Finally, attendees were given free resources to aid in the development of DEI-focused healthcare simulation, including the V.I.T.A.L.S. (Walker et al., 2022) tool for responding to microaggressions, and the OWTFD tool (Sotto-Santiago et al., 2020), both of which are available for free on MedEdPortal.


  • Sotto-Santiago, S., Mac, J., Duncan, F., & Smith, J. (2020). “I didn’t know what to say”: Responding to racism, discrimination, and microaggressions with the OWTFD approach. MedEdPORTAL, 16, 10971.
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  • Role of Bias in De-Escalation.”microaggressions. MedEdPORTA, 18, 11202. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.11202.

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Agenda | Monday, January 23, 2023

7:00 AM – 4:30 PM | Registration
7:00 AM – 4:30 PM | SSH Central
7:00 AM – 4:30 PM | Presenter Center
7:00 AM – 8:15 AM | Committee, Section, Interest Group, and Affinity Group Meetings
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM | Plenary Session: The Lou Oberndorf Lecture on Innovation and Healthcare Simulation
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM | Exhibit Hall Open
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM | Research Posters Displayed in Exhibit Hall
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM | Technology Experiential Area in Exhibit Hall
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Educational Sessions
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | CHSE/CHSOS Testing
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Lunch in Exhibit Hall
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | SimVentors Showcase in the Exhibit Hall
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | CHSE/CHSOS Testing
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Educational Sessions
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Educational Sessions

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More About IMSH Delivers

IMSH Delivers 2023 consists of educational content live-streamed from the in-person event and prerecorded sessions. Livestreamed content will be recorded and included in the IMSH Delivers 2023 Collection. Virtual attendees have access to earn a total of 30 IPCE credit hours. Additional courses from the IMSH Delivers 2023 Collection will be available for an additional $25 per IPCE unit. The IMSH Delivers 2023 Collection will be comprised of:

  • Livestream of Plenary Sessions (Up to 4 speakers)
  • Livestream of eight (8) sessions from the in-person meeting. One course from each general session time block will be live-streamed to the virtual audience
  • 40 recorded educational courses
  • 15 recorded SimVentor Demos
  • 15 recorded Oral Research Abstract Presentations
  • 5 recorded Learning Lab presentations
  • Virtual exhibitor profiles

More About IMSH

Hosted by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) is a scientific conference that explores the latest innovations and best practices in healthcare simulation. IMSH provides the tools and resources healthcare professionals need to advance their skills, impact change in delivery systems and practice, and, ultimately, improve patient safety.

Plan ahead: IMSH 2024 will be held from January 20 to January 24, 2024 in San Diego, California.

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