July 11, 2023By Lance Baily

Top Healthcare Simulation Articles of 2023 So Far

HealthySimulation.com is dedicated to bringing the latest healthcare simulation news, webinars, updates, and information to the clinical simulation community across the world. Crossing into the second half of 2023, the HealthySimulation.com team wanted to share some of the “most read articles” from the year so far. Here then are some of the most read healthcare simulation articles from 2023 so far! Be sure to subscribe to our free healthcare simulation newsletter to stay up to date with all of the latest clinical simulation news and resources from HealthySimulation.com!

Laerdal Highlights Healthcare Simulation Diversity eBook: Healthcare simulation diversity and equity are two incredibly important focal points across the medical simulation industry. Their practice helps clinical simulation centers and programs overcome barriers to education and training while promoting inclusion. To expand upon these topics, Laerdal Medical, one of the world’s premiere vendors of medical simulation and clinical education equipment, has released an e-Book titled, “How to Use Simulation-based Training to Reduce Implicit Bias and Promote Equitable Care.” This HealthySimulation.com article shares insights from the eBook and explains why simulationists must work to integrate diversity and inclusion into their clinical training.

Publication of Distance Simulation Educator Guidelines in Healthcare: Since 2020, many healthcare simulation centers have become familiar with the term “distance simulation.” The ability to provide distance simulation instruction is one factor that separated those healthcare simulation centers that were able to continue instruction during COVID-19 from those that were not. As a result of increased reliance on distance simulation, healthcare simulation leaders from across the industry gathered insights and sought to put together a set of distance simulation educator guidelines. In January 2023, the research titled “Development of Distance Simulation Educator Guidelines in Healthcare” was officially published in Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. This HealthySimulation.com article shares highlights from this research and explains how takeaways can be used by medical simulation educators worldwide.

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How OPENPediatrics Virtual Simulators Benefit Clinical Simulation Programs: OPENPediatrics is a multifaceted, multimodal open-access website comprising educational resources from the best pediatric healthcare professionals across the world. The primary goal of the website is for all clinicians worldwide to be able to use these resources to increase their confidence and knowledge in caring for sick children. This can be accomplished through online learning that includes modalities such as virtual clinical simulators. There is something for everyone on OPENPediatrics. This HealthySimulation.com article shares how OPENPediatrics virtual simulators can benefit clinical simulation programs and learners.

Free Online IT Training Courses for Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists: As the job title implies, the role of a Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist (HSTS) relies on the application of technology. Yet, as technology is constantly changing and the need to stay up-to-date on internet technology remains vital, these professionals must rely on quality technology information and training. One resource, Professor Messer’s Free Certification Training Courses, is helping HSTS achieve this and has become a popular study tool for “some of the IT industry’s most popular certifications.” This HealthySimulation.com article explains what this resource entails, and how the IT training courses are applicable to the Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist.

Developing a Healthcare Simulation for the Novice Simulation Educator: Healthcare simulation is a dynamic and effective method of experiential learning that can be incorporated into any clinical education program. There is no better teacher than experience and no safer way to gain healthcare experience than through the use of clinical simulation. However, there is a learning curve involved for the clinical educator who is new to or unfamiliar with healthcare simulation and the experience can be intimidating. This HealthySimulation.com article will break down the process and walk the novice educator through the basic design and development of an effective clinical simulation experience.

Using ChatGPT For Medical School Curriculum Development: In the ever-evolving landscape of medical education and healthcare simulation, innovative technologies continue to shape how educators teach and students learn. Among these cutting-edge advancements, ChatGPT—an artificial intelligence language model—has emerged as a powerful tool for creating engaging and comprehensive medical school curricula. This HealthySimulation.com article explores the remarkable potential of ChatGPT to revolutionize medical education with specific examples of how the author currently uses the technology in designing medical school curricula. There will be a focus on the ability of ChatGPT in the development of learning objectives, assistance with PowerPoint presentation design, simplification of complex concepts for specific learner levels, design of medical simulation cases, curriculum mapping, and the establishment of protocols and procedures. There will also be a discussion of some of the pitfalls of using generative AI models like ChatGPT and a look ahead to where this technology is taking medical education.

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How to Get Started as a Clinical Simulation Debriefer: Debriefing is one of the most important components of healthcare simulation based education sessions. Many of those in the healthcare simulation field will share freely that educators perform a clinical simulation education session in order to debrief. This HealthySimulation article will explore how to start out as a beginner debriefer in clinical simulation. While debriefing can be daunting at first, the insights gained will provide comfort and encouragement to the amateur debriefer.

Uses of Simulation Educator Needs Assessment Tool (SENAT): Healthcare simulation educators play an important role in the training of medical learners. To be able to effectively provide instruction, these clinical simulation professionals must continually work to increase their own professional development. The website Evaluating Healthcare Simulation, created to provide healthcare simulation educators and researchers with freely available instruments (tools), shared more information about one such professional development resource – the Simulation Educator Needs Assessment Tool (SENAT). This HealthySimulation.com article discusses how the SENAT is designed for Simulation Educators to self-assess their needs in Simulation Professional Development.

How to Build a Clinical Simulation Curriculum: The structure of a clinical simulation program and curriculum are incredibly important elements to a successful clinical simulation program. A well-designed curriculum utilized in the clinical education setting includes the subjects planned to be taught within a clinical simulation program. Common language utilization is a key to success when designing a clinical simulation based education program. This Healthysimulation.com article will focus on curriculum development for a simulation center or program.

The Observational Structured Assessment of Debriefing Tool: The practice of debriefing is extremely important across healthcare simulation to ensure that learners have the opportunity to re-examine their work. As clinical simulation serves as a way for learners to gain first-hand experience without posing risk to real-life patients, the ability to learn from their mistakes is integral to successful outcomes. To help learners better identify gaps in their performance and strategies for improvement, the Imperial College London’s NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Center developed the Objective Structured Assessment for Debriefing tool (OSAD). This HealthySimulation.com article shares more about the tool and the importance of healthcare simulation debriefing, especially in surgery.

Lifecast Body Simulation and Echo Healthcare Release World’s First Child Manikin with Down Syndrome: A paradigm shift in the way healthcare education and training is being delivered and one that is absolutely necessary has been approached – the advancement of diversity, equality, and inclusion principles across the continuum of healthcare education. The field of healthcare continues to see this within medical simulation with more diverse training manikins being offered in different ethnicities, ages, and skin tones, Armed Forces training on female simulators, bariatric, transitioning manikins, and now a child with Down Syndrome manikin being offered. As such, this HealthySimulation.com article highlights the release of Gwen, the world’s first child with Down Syndrome training manikin, by Lifecast Body Simulation Global, Echo Healthcare’s Florida-based division of Lifecast Body Simulation.

10 Commandments for the Medical Simulation Novice Debriefer: Debriefing in medical simulation has been a hot topic of discussion for years. There has been literature published to help relay to simulationists that a huge portion of the healthcare simulation learning experience is derived from debriefing. However, not all novice simulationists understand how to begin this process. This HealthySimulation.com article shares 10 basic guidelines to help learners on their journeys to becoming the debriefer that their simulation center and learners need.

How to Become a Simulation Nurse Educator: Healthcare simulation nurse educator jobs are excellent opportunities to grow a career, however, are at times hard to find. Use of manikins is only a small part of being a simulation nurse educator. A career as a clinical simulation nurse educator can be a pivotal and life changing role for those passionate about healthcare simulation. This HealthySimulation.com article by Erin Carn-Bennett will explore how one can set oneself up for success in putting the best foot forward when seeking employment as a healthcare simulation educator.

ChatGPT and Other Generative AI Considerations for Healthcare Simulation: ChatGPT and other generative AI tools have serious potential to impact Healthcare Simulation. Recently the headlines have been touting some advances in generative Artificial Intelligence (AI), ChatGPT and Bard, which are two competing brands of this technology. This HealthySimulation.com article by Dr. Jill Sanko will explore ChatGPT in the context of healthcare simulation.

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