March 22, 2023By Lance Baily

WISER Academy Plans to Offer New Simulation Center Management Course

The Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER) is dedicated to healthcare education and educational research and established the WISER Academy to share clinical simulation insights globally. To help members of the health simulation community improve their skills, WISER Academy offers various courses and programs throughout the year. From healthcare simulation webinars to SIMS 3.0, the institute is an excellent resource for clinical simulation learners, educators, technicians, and more. This article shares information about upcoming learning opportunities, including a new simulation center management course.

WISER Healthcare Simulation Courses

Clinical simulation courses are a great way for medical simulation novices and experts alike to hone their skills and learn more about the industry. Whether someone is new to a healthcare simulation career or is an experienced clinical simulation leader looking for continuing education opportunities, WISER’s TechSim Course provides an opportunity to further develop one’s career. The course runs both in-person and online, and topics include training in healthcare simulation terminology, center technology, repair and maintenance, running sim sessions, and much more.

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Both formats receive SSH-approved Continuing Professional Development Credits that can be used for CHSOS and CHSE certifications or re-certification. Ultimately, WISER offers a variety of in-person and online courses to support simulation learning for simulationists at every level.

Upcoming Course: Essentials of Simulation Center Management: WISER will launch the new Essentials of Simulation Center Management course this summer. Join the WISER Newsletter to get updates on the course and learn the official start date once announced. The course will guide participants through all facets of designing, running, and maintaining a healthcare simulation center. The course is designed to help participants who are new to healthcare simulation entirely, who are new sim centers, and those looking to better support growing centers.

SIMS 3.0

Those interested in this course should also explore WISER’s own learning and information management system: SIMS 3.0. This dynamic system — built and used by WISER’s own team — is uniquely designed to support healthcare 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.

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

Upcoming WISER / Webinar: On June 6, WISER Director of Operations Tom Dongilli will host a webinar on “Professional Development for Simulation Operations Specialists” through This presentation will take a look at core responsibilities and career skills for all healthcare simulation operations specialists, regardless of how their individual institutions and roles vary. The webinar will also take a tour of WISER’s Tech Sim Course, which is modeled directly from the CHSOS Exam blueprint. WISER looks forward to the presentation of the informative session on how to develop SOS career skills.

Dongilli’s healthcare education career spans nearly 30 years, and includes work developing clinical simulation centers in the U.S. and abroad, authoring several healthcare simulation courses, serving as a committee member for the CHSOS Exam Prep committee, and authoring the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s “2012 and 2021 Simulation Center Policy and Procedure Manual.

The system’s capabilities allow learners and faculty to have customized curricula and quizzes, surveys, and evaluations (QSE). Upload videos, presentations, PDFs, and downloadable files or customize curriculum web pages for learners as well as teaching aids for instructors. Note: Discounts are available for multi-year SIMS 3.0 agreements.

Improving Simulation Instructional Methods Program (iSIM)

Improving Simulation Instructional Methods (iSIM) is a unique, two-day healthcare simulation 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.

iSIM 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. Participants will leave able to carry out the design, development, and integration of simulation-based instruction, assessment, and feedback. All iSIM courses are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).

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More About WISER

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. 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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