January 24, 2023By Lance Baily

IMSH 2023 Day 3: 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 Tuesday, January 24, 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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IMSH leadership began Tuesday’s plenary by announcing that IMSH 2023 officially broke the conference’s attendee record. After this exciting announcement, they moved on to discuss the importance of pushing the status quo to disrupt and ultimately advance the industry. In doing so, SSH completes ongoing research to work toward increased knowledge, awareness, and innovations. Chair of the SSH Research Committee Michelle Kelly, Ph.D., RN, FSSH, gave an overview of the work the organization is doing, and then research abstract awardees were announced.

Next, the Michael S. Gordon Center Lecture on Medical Education was presented by Vice Admiral Racquel Bono, MD, MBA, FACS. Her discussion focused on “Excellence Through Disruption,” and her work in healthcare simulation through the military.

Bono explained that the advocacy of others is incredibly important to disruptive excellence. Other factors include self-belief, leadership for change being uncomfortable, and generational. She also shared how metrics are extremely beneficial when working to meet targets. Further, she noted that healthcare simulation leadership must “look back to go forward.”

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CHSOS-A Timothy Shea from the University of North Dakota is a seven-time presenter and three-time content reviewer for IMSH. This year he led a 60-minute discussion centered on low-cost manikin modifications and room adaptations to solve problems frequently experienced by the healthcare simulation operations specialist. Shea’s presentation was straightforward, systematically addressing each problem and his team’s solution. Most of Shea’s recommendations were minimally invasive.

However, for the more complex solutions, he highlighted having verified with vendors that his modifications did not void warranties or have the potential to damage equipment. For example, a system developed to hardwire defibrillation pads directly to a Laerdal Simman 3G was presented that Shea claimed Laerdal approved as a modification that did not void any warranty or service agreement.

“Speed Mentoring: A Networking Event with Leaders in Healthcare Simulation” was a 90-minute session featuring an all-star lineup of mentors, including: Rami Ahmed, DO, MHPE, Marc Auerbach, MD, FAAP, MSc, Kirsty Freeman, FSSH, Ph.D. (c), MHPE, Jared Kutzin, DNP, MS, MPH, RN, FSSH, Melissa Lowther, AS, CHSOS, Donna McDermott, Ph.D., RN, CHSE-A, Vivienne Ng, MD, MPH, Tom Nowicki, MD, FACEP, Yasuharu (Haru) Okuda, MD, FACEP, FSSH, and Christopher Strother, MD.

The first 30 minutes of the session was a large panel discussion facilitated by Ambrose Wong, MD, MHS, MSED, and Joy Grabow from the Yale School of Medicine. Key takeaways from that portion of the session were discussions centered around where the mentors saw the field of healthcare simulation being in the next 5-10 years and how a junior simulationist could best go about seeking mentorship opportunities.

The general consensus on the near future of the field was that augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) modalities would continue to be hot topics of interest and that simulationists could make themselves invaluable by being technically competent in their use.

However, the room also agreed that even the most up-to-date technology cannot be overly depended upon and that healthcare simulationists should always endeavor to use the best modality for a given situation, not always the newest or most advanced ones. When discussing best practices for seeking mentorship, the experience of the group really shined with these key points:

  • Follow up with people you meet at events like IMSH, SimOps, and Sim GHOSTS
  • Talk to people and network at events. Attending sessions and going back to your hotel room is a wasted opportunity.
  • Be specific and clear about what you need mentorship in or about. If it isn’t something a mentor feels they are suited for, chances are they know whom to connect you with. This point was emphasized by outgoing SSH president Dr. Haru Okuda.
  • Be creative about where you look for mentorship. Sometimes the perspective of someone outside your area of vocation or interest is the fresh lens you need to see things through.
  • Ask mentors or people in your environment about their mentors, even coaches need coaches.

The second portion of the session was an hour of rotating through the mentors present. Groups of 3 mentees made their way through 5 mentors during 9-minute Q & A sessions. Each mentor had a general area to discuss (i.e., administration, formal training, research, career advancement) and conversation-starting questions available on that topic. However, mentees were also encouraged to present their own queries and topics of discussion. All the mentors provided contact information and enthusiastically encouraged anyone who felt cut short on time to follow up.


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Agenda | Tuesday, January 24, 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: Michael S. Gordon Center Lecture on Medical Education
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM | Exhibit Hall Open
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Research Posters Displayed 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
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | What’s New in Sim Showcase in Exhibit Hall
2:00 PM | Exhibit Hall Closes – teardown begins
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Educational Sessions
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | CHSE/CHSOS Testing
4:00 PM– 5:30 PM | Educational Sessions
5:45 PM – 6:45 PM | International Reception with Affiliation Signing

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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