October 27, 2023By Teresa Gore

Global Clinical Simulation News Update October 2023

Helping healthcare simulation educators, administrators, and learners to stay up-to-date on industry topics, HealthySimulation.com finds and shares relevant news and information from around the world. This news includes clinical simulation learning opportunities, funding updates, acquisition information, innovation progress, and more. Together, these industry updates help paint a picture of where the healthcare simulation industry is presently, and where the industry is headed as the scope of clinical simulation practice expands. In this edition for October 2023, you can read about some of the world’s latest clinical simulation updates.

CAE Announces Sale of CAE Healthcare to Madison Industries for C$311 Million : On October 24, 2023, CAE announced the sale of its CAE Healthcare division to Madison Industries for C$311 Million (US $227.2 Million), with the transaction expected to close at the end of fiscal 2024. As one of the leading healthcare simulation manufacturers in the global industry, this is huge news for healthcare simulation champions around the world. Marc Parent, President and CEO of CAE shared that “we believe Madison Industries is well positioned to support the future growth of the Healthcare business, which will continue to focus on evolving simulation to drive patient safety and quality outcomes”.

VR Healthcare Demo Tour : The International Virtual Reality and Healthcare Association (IVRHA) is a member driven organization comprised of entities throughout the healthcare ecosystem, including technology companies, teaching hospitals and universities, as well as healthcare providers and insurance companies. IVRHA’s mission is to facilitate and support the growth of the virtual reality in health and life sciences. VR Healthcare Demo Tour is bringing the technology to you. This demo tours will free to attend. The Dates are November 7, 2023 in Pittsburgh, PA; November 8, 2023 in Cleveland, OH; and November 9, 2023 in Columbus, OH.

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The Inaugural SimHuddle 2023 : The California Simulation Alliance, the Hawai’i State Simulation Collaborative, and the Victorian Simulation Alliance held their Inaugural Transpacific Simulation Alliance Event, SimHuddle 2023 in beautiful Waikīkī! This joint effort was a success with over 120 international delegates attending. Delegates came from the US, Canada, Australia and the UK and there was time for networking through the “SimHuddle” structure. Time was built into the agenda for delegates to collaborate with their peers and simulation experts, share their experiences and learn new strategies. Conference themes included innovation in simulation, research in simulation, collaborations in simulation, (communities of practice, interprofessional simulation, international simulation,). The conference focused on simulation to prepare our future healthcare workforce. The conference opened with an oli (a Native Hawaiian chant and blessing) and opening statements by Dr. Jayne Smitten, from HPU and current SSH President followed by keynote addresses, breakouts and workshops. Keynote speakers included Dr. Susan Eller who spoke about psychological safety; Stephanie O’Regan , who spoke about the importance of observers in simulation and Dr. Adam Chang wrapped up his keynote speaking about simulation research. Special thanks to K.T. Waxman, DNP, MBA, RN, CNL, CENP, CHSE, FSSH, FAONL, FAAN, Director of California Simulation Alliance for helping to organize this event!

HealthySimulation.com’s Avbirth Video Hits 1 Million Views : Avbirth demonstration from IMSH 2023 in Orlando, Florida, has skyrocketed to 1,000,000 views! That means that 1,000,000 people have been exposed to a high-fidelity birthing simulation. This is hopefully just a drop in the bucket of the amount of people that will learn proper maternal fetal health from the Avbirth.

Making human factors and ergonomics work in health and social care: chapter 3 | CIEHF : Healthcare Learning Pathway is a practical resource for students. The book aims to provide well-founded, practical guidance to those responsible for leading and implementing human factors programmes and interventions in health and social care.

Assessing unintended consequences in AI-based neurosurgical training : In the study, 46 medical students performed a tumour removal procedure on a virtual reality simulator. Half of them were randomly selected to receive instruction from an AI-powered intelligent tutor called the Virtual Operative Assistant (VOA), which uses a machine learning algorithm to teach surgical techniques and provide personalized feedback. The other half served as a control group by receiving no feedback. The students’ work was then compared to performance benchmarks selected by a team of established neurosurgeons.

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Application effect of head-mounted mixed reality device combined with 3D printing model in neurosurgery ventricular and hematoma puncture training : The use of head-mounted MR equipment combined with 3D printing models can provide an ideal platform for the operation training of young doctors. Through holographic images created from the combination of virtual and real images, operators can be better immersed in the operation process and deepen their understanding of the operation and related anatomical structures. The 3D printed model can be repeatedly reproduced so that doctors can master the technology, learn from mistakes, better achieve the purpose of teaching and training, and improve the effect of training.

MSU-Meridian announces $1.06 million grant for health care simulation : MERIDIAN, Miss.—Mississippi State University has received more than $1 million from AccelerateMS’s Nursing and Allied Health Grant Program. Grant funds will be used to construct an interprofessional simulation space on the university’s evolving health sciences campus in Meridian. This facility will prepare future physician assistants, mental health providers and social workers, as well as support curriculum needs of the university’s proposed Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing program.

Exploring the Role of Simulation Training in Improving Surgical Skills Among Residents : For a surgeon to overcome learning curves and become proficient in several different types of surgeries, they must endure hours of surgical training. The Halsted apprenticeship model of “see one, do one, teach one” has historically served as the foundation for surgical training, but this paradigm has become superfluous due to the evolution of surgical training over the past few decades.

Utah Simulation Coalition : The Utah Simulation Coalition (USC) is an inter-professional simulation resource community whose mission is to promote safe, knowledgeable and effective patient care by demonstrating and reinforcing the highest level of simulation performance in operations, technical support, education, and practice.

Meta’s Mixed Reality Quest 3 Has Arrived, Starting at $500 : The new VR headset will compete in the mid-range market and against the Apple Vision Pro. Oh, and it’s getting Game Pass.Meta’s been questing around for a new vision for its VR, and it’s finally arrived. At Meta’s 2023 Connect conference, the company introduced the Meta Quest 3, a mixed-reality VR headset. It starts at $500 and you can pre-order it now, with devices shipping beginning Oct. 10. But before you do, let’s talk about how it stacks up against Apple’s big, expensive mixed reality device coming next year.

: MSR employs advanced simulation-based training modalities that enable healthcare providers to effectively improve their clinical and communication skills, thereby creating a safer, more ethical and humanistic, patient-centered culture of treatment.MSR is a world leader in Simulation-Based Medical Education (SBME) and patient safety training. Simulation modalities – whether sophisticated robotics, surgical simulators or role-playing actors – are uniquely effective for training and assessing the core skills of medical professionals across the healthcare spectrum, without placing patients at risk during the process. As a pioneer in the medical simulation field for over a decade, MSR is now an acknowledged leader in a growing network that is transforming medical education and risk management in Israel and worldwide.

Artificial Intelligence and the Simulationists : The recent introduction of ChatGPT, an advanced, easy-to-use, and freely available artificial intelligence (AI) program, created new possibilities across many industries and professions including healthcare simulation. ChatGPT has the potential to streamline healthcare simulation-based education while also providing insights for the scenario development process that conventional case development may miss. However, there are issues related to accuracy, relevance, and structure of the products produced by the ChatGPT AI program. This article examines 2 AI-generated simulation case examples highlighting strengths and weaknesses while providing guidance on the use of ChatGPT as a simulation resource.

InSimo & Virtamed: An exciting partnership to revolutionize laparoscopic suture training : We are very proud to announce the partnership with VirtaMed, which now offers high-fidelity suture exercises developed by InSimo on its LaparoS laparoscopic surgery simulator! Thanks to this partnership with a major player in medical simulation, we are increasing the dissemination and educational impact of our technologies on a global scale.

3B Scientific acquires Wallcur : 3B Scientific, a leading manufacturer and marketer of medical simulation products and anatomical models for healthcare education, announces today its acquisition of Wallcur LLC, a prominent provider of healthcare simulation products. This acquisition broadens 3B Scientific’s product offering and further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to advancing medical training.

Asia Pacifics Premier XR Medical Conference : XPLORE offers a comprehensive program that covers a wide range of topics in medical education.From innovative teaching methodologies to emerging technologies,our expert speakers deliver through-provoking lectures,interactive workshops,and engaging panel discussions that are tailored to the specific needs and interest of the attendees.

Nursing schools are turning away thousands of applicants during a major nursing shortage : At a time when registered nurses are going on strike to protest staffing shortages, thousands of applicants who want to enter or advance in the profession are being turned away from nursing schools.Nearly 78,200 qualified applications were not offered spots at nursing schools last year, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which represents schools with baccalaureate and advanced degree programs.

University of Washington Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Education : The University if Washington has launched a new online degree offered by the Division of Healthcare Simulation Science (HCSS), a unit of the UW Department of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The degree is also associated with WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH) and the Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST). Discover the future of healthcare education through simulation-based learning. The University of Washington’s new online Master of Healthcare Simulation Education degree will provide you with the evidence-based knowledge and skills to effectively design and deliver high quality, true-to-life clinical learning experiences.

Introducing: RealSpine Anterior Lumbar : Realists Training Technologies GmbH takes pride in spearheading innovation in surgical training. We are thrilled to announce the unveiling of RealSpine Anterior Lumbar at EuroSpine in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 4 and at NASS in Los Angeles, USA, on October 18. Designed for the training of ALIF (Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion) and OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion), this state-of-the-art simulation system sets a new standard in surgical training for anterior approaches to the lumbar spine. ALIF and OLIF surgeries pose challenges in accessing the spine and navigating vital anatomical structures, leading to potential complications. Our RealSpine Anterior Lumbar simulator is designed to develop skills essential for mitigating these risks during surgery. It encompasses the entire range of muscles, organs, arteries, veins, and tissues. Additionally, the simulation includes precise bone materials, offering an accurate representation of the diverse densities and textures observed in real-life bones.

Kognito to Cease Operations : Beginning August 2023 the brand Kognito will be sunset, which includes winding down their library of resources and simulation products at the completion of their current customer agreements. As of August 2, 2023, Kaplan has stopped all selling and marketing activities of Kognito’s product portfolio. Kaplan remains committed to active Kognito customers and will continue to serve these accounts through the term of existing agreements.

Journal of Medical Extended Reality : JMXR welcomes original research papers, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, case studies, and critical reviews that contribute to the understanding and advancement of MXR in healthcare. The journal seeks to foster collaboration between medical professionals, computer scientists, engineers, psychologists, educators, and other relevant disciplines, aiming to stimulate innovative approaches, promote evidence-based practices, and drive the adoption of XR technologies in healthcare settings around the world. As the official journal of AMXRA, JMXR will also publish AMXRA expert guidelines across a range of MXR topics.

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