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Boston Simulation Community September Meeting

Boston Simulation Community Monthly Meeting
September 15, 2015  5:30-7:00PM
Perioperative Conference Room, FA325
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Welcome back from the summer hiatus as we launch the Boston Simulation Community Meetings for the 2015-2016 academic year. We are pleased to announce that our meetings throughout the year will feature the theme of Assessment.

Please join us September 15, 2015 5:30-7:00PM for the Boston Simulation Community Meeting hosted by the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program (SIMPeds), 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, Peter Weinstock MD PhD and colleagues. The meeting will be held in the Perioperative Conference Room, FA325, in the Department of Anesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH).

At this meeting, we will learn about assessment of anesthesia residents. Presenter: Richard H. Blum, MD, MSE, FAAP; Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Research.

Richard Blum, MDDr. Rick Blum is the Principal Investigator of a research study, “Assessing the Performance of First Year Anesthesia Residents to Ensure Basic Competence”, which has been funded by a grant from the Harvard School of Medicine’s Department of Anaesthesia, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and The Cathedral Fund. The long-term goal of this project is to have an effective, objective, credible, ongoing process for evaluation of anesthesia residents’ clinical competencies ensuring that no resident graduates from any program not meeting the levels of performance that are sufficient to ensure an acceptable level of patient safety. The research team is utilizing medical simulation to evaluate residents on performance; the program will attempt to identify anesthesia residents in need of remediation early in their training programs. We have created a set of standards and criteria to test the competency of Harvard-affiliated anesthesia residents and teach them to practice safer medicine, reducing medical mistakes as well as patient complication and death. We foresee developing standards and criteria that can be adapted to each medical specialty enhancing patient safety on a large scale; we believe this education will increase overall patient safety among anesthesia residents nationwide.

About Boston Simulation Community Research and Education Meetings

The meetings provide a friendly and informal venue for simulation educators and researchers to present work-in-progress, problem solve and share best practices, acquaint each other with relevant ideas from other disciplines and connect with others. We generally (but not always) meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please join us!

Center for Medical Simulation Appoints Roxane Gardner, MD, MPH, DSc, as Senior Director of Clinical Programs


Roxane Gardner

The Center for Medical Simulation proudly announces that Dr. Roxane Gardner has been appointed as its Senior Director of Clinical Programs. In this role, she’ll be leading the assurance of quality and innovation as well as new program and course development in CMS’ Clinical Programs. Dr. Gardner has been a principle faculty member of CMS since 2002 and Co-Director of  its Labor and Delivery Teamwork and Crisis Management program since its inception in 2003, and Director of the Visiting Scholars and Fellowship Program since 2014. Dr. Gardner will continue with both of these leadership roles and will also become a member of the CMS Leadership Group.

 Dr. Gardner received her MD degree from Boston University and also holds MPH and DSc degrees in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition to her roles at CMS, Dr. Gardner is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at the Harvard Medical School and holds appointments at Boston’s, Brigham and Womens’ Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Perinatal patient safety, health professions simulation and evaluation of teamwork behaviors and team performance are the focus of her on-going research activities.

 Everyone here at CMS joins in congratulating Dr. Gardner on her new appointment .

Center For Medical Simulation’s Dr. Janice Palaganas to present Keynote Address at SimHealth 2015 in Australia

Simhealth 2015





Dr. Janice Palaganas, Associate Director of the Center for Medical Simulation’s Instructor Training Program, the Institute for Medical Simulation, will be presenting at SimHealth 2015 the 11th Annual Conference for the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Conference is being held from August 17 through 21 at the Adelaide Convention Center in Adelaide Australia and will explore the theme “Finding the Balance”.

Janice Palaganas SimhealthDr. Janice Palaganas’ Sessions at SimHealth 2015

Master Class: “Debriefing IPE Groups Synopsis”
Monday 17 August 13:00-17:00 ACST (UTC/GMT +9:30 hours)
Register for Master Classes at SimHealth2015

Keynote: We Need to Talk: Simulation-Enhanced Interprofessional Education”
Tuesday 18 August 10:30-12:00 ACST (UTC/GMT +9:30 hours)
Register for SimHealth2015

Joint Closing Plenary: Hypothetical With Select Conference Keynote Speakers”
Thursday 20 August 15:30-16:30 ACST (UTC/GMT +9:30 hours)
Register for SimHealth2015

Can’t Attend? Follow the conference on Twitter

@SimHealth2015 – Official SimHealth 2015 Twitter Account
#SimHealth2015 – Official conference hashtag


Kate Morse, PhD joins the Center for Medical Simulation as Assistant Director of its Affiliate Program


Morse_KateThe Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) is pleased to announce that Kate Morse, PhD will be joining CMS full time this fall as the the Assistant Director of the CMS Affiliate Program. Dr. Morse has been an adjunct faculty member at CMS for the past two years helping to teach its simulation instructor courses.  She will continue to do some teaching at CMS in both the clinical and instructor courses, but her primary focus will be on enhancing and extending the Affiliate Program.

 Dr. Morse, who will be departing from a joint appointment at the Drexel University College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Professions, has extensive experience with development of programs in the areas of interprofessional education, simulation-based education, faculty development, faculty mentorship and nursing graduate programs. While maintaining an active part time clinical practice, she has held academic positions in diverse clinical and simulation-based education areas as Director of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track, Director of Interprofessional Simulation and Clinical Education and as the Associate Chair of the Nurse Practitioner’s Program.   

Dr. Morse received her BSN at the University of Calgary, her MSN as a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist from San Diego State University, a Post-Masters Certificate as an Adult and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from California State University, Long Beach, and her PhD from Villanova University. Dr. Morse has 30 years of clinical experience as a critical care nurse and an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. 

Dr. Morse’s research interests are in designing transformative interprofessional simulation-based educational experiences, student-centered learning and reflective practice. Her doctoral dissertation was in line with these interests:  The Effect of a Structured Model of Debriefing on Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Student’s Reflective Ability and Perspective Transformation and has been presented at local and national venues. She has published a number of other articles in Clinical Simulation in Nursing, Gender Medicine, Journal of Nursing Education and MedEdPortal Publications.

Welcome to the CMS Team, Dr. Morse – Kate!


CMS Dedicates Observation Room to the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine

_MG_8015 _MG_8028The Center for Medical Simulation dedicated its simulation Observation Room to its affiliate in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (HKAM), in honor of HKAM’s financial support of CMS. CMS and HKAM have had a warm and productive affiliation since 2012. Present for the dedication in the HKAM delegation were HKAM President Donald Li; Vice- President for Education and Examinations, Prof. Chak-sing Lau, Honorary Secretary Dr. Chor-chiu Lau, Member of Management Committee Hong Kong Jockey Club Innovative Learning Centre for Medicine, Dr. Danny Luk, and Director Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute, Dr. Kevin Hung.


Scholarships Available For Nurses To Attend CMS’ Simulation Instructor Workshops


The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) and the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) are pleased to announce a newly funded opportunity for eight, partial tuition scholarships for nurses who wish to attend simulation instructor training at CMS in Boston. These partial scholarships are available for CMS’ basic interprofessional  Simulation Instructor Program, the Comprehensive Instructor Workshop, aimed at improving the skills of simulation educators.

Eight, $2,500 partial tuition scholarships (full tuition is $4,875) are being made available through the generosity of an anonymous nurse donor who seeks to improve the ways that simulation is used in nursing education. This interest is prompted in part by the increasing importance of interprofessional education and mounting evidence of the usefulness of simulation as an effective teaching tool in nursing education. Scholarships are available to four teams of nursing educators from healthcare organizations or education programs using, or seeking to use, simulation in their curricula for training nurses at any level of experience.

Click here for more information about the scholarship and the criteria for applying.

About the Center for Medical Simulation

Using simulation to improve safety, quality and education in healthcare is the mission of the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS), a non-profit simulation organization based in Boston, Massachusetts. At CMS the focus is on developing teamwork behaviors and communication, collaboration, and crisis management skills that are best learned experientially under realistic conditions. Since it first opened in 1993 and through the present day, CMS has been an international leader in the field that it helped to develop and grow. Thousands of clinicians, clinical educators, and healthcare leadership teams from around the world have participated in its innovative, transformative programs at CMS in Boston and at sites throughout the world.

For more information on CMS and its programs please contact:
Gary M. Rossi, COO

Combined CIMIT Consortium/Boston Simulation Community Meeting March 10th



Boston Simulation Community
CIMIT Boston Simulation Consortium
Quarterly Meeting


Please join us on March 10, 2015 from 5:30-7:00PM for the combined Boston Simulation Community – CIMIT Boston Simulation Consortium Quarterly Meeting hosted at the Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology (CIMIT) in Boston, MA and on the Web by James Gordon, MD, Chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital Learning Laboratory.

At this meeting, updates will be provided on simulation consortium activities over the quarter and upcoming initiatives. There will also be an opportunity to hear from the final CBSC awardee: Yohan Song MD, Parotidectomy Surgical Simulator, Stanford University.

March 10 Meeting Agenda and Location

CIMIT Boston Simulation Consortium
CIMIT, 7th floor, Room 701
165 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA.

Meeting Agenda

  1. Announcements and General Updates
  2. Center for Medical Simulation Update
  3. CRICO & Harvard Medical School/Academy Interest Group Update
  4. Consortium Hospital/University Initiatives and Updates
  5. General Discussion
  6. CIMIT Update: Simulation Innovation Competition Awards
              Dr. Yohan Song, “Parotidectomy Surgical Simulator,” Standford University

To join the online meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

Go to https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/387134077

To join the audio conference only:

US (Long distance): +1 (224) 501-3217

Spain (Long distance): +34 955 32 0845

Access code: 387-134-077

More phone numbers: https://global.gotomeeting.com/387134077/numbersdisplay.html

For assistance contact Penny Carleton at:


1-617-605-8579 (cell)


Upcoming Boston Simulation Community Research and Education Meetings

  • April 14, 2015: @ STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, Brigham and Women’s Hospital – “Simulated Debriefing Training: Ideas and Thoughts.” Presenters:
    • Usamah Alzoraigi, MD; Simulation Fellow STRATUS & CMS; Anesthesia Consultant KFMC, Riyadh, KSA
    • Shadi Almoziny, MD; Simulation Fellow STRATUS; Emergency Associate Consultant KFMC, Riyadh, KSA
    • Abdullah Almarshed, MD; Simulation Fellow STRATUS; Emergency Associate Consultant KFMC, Riyadh, KSA
  • May 19, 2015 (3rd Tuesday): Location TBA, Topic TBA
  • June 09, 2015: Location TBA, Topic TBA
  • July 2015: No meeting, summer hiatus
  • August 2015: No meeting, summer hiatus


About Boston Simulation Community Research and Education Meetings

The meetings provide a friendly and informal venue for simulation educators and researchers to present work-in-progress, problem solve and share best practices, acquaint each other with relevant ideas from other disciplines and connect with others. The meetings are generally (but not always) held on the second Tuesday of each month.

Copyright © 2015 Center for Medical Simulation, All rights reserved.


Join the Innovative Learning Network Today For A Free Webinar On 3D Printing


Join the Innovative Learning Network today, January 27th, for Tech Tuesday when they talk about 3D printing, the industry, the basics of technology and specific health care use cases.   Details below…

Tech Tuesday


3D_Printing, Additive_Manufacturing, Disrupt_Healthcare, 
Print_me_a_liver, Subtractive_Manufacturing, 3D_Systems, Gartner_Hype_Cycle
WHO / 

Kathryn E. Hautanen, MS, SM, MBA
Business Innovation Manager
Innovation and Advanced Technology
Digital Technologies and Operations 
Kaiser Permanente


2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the first 3D printing patent. Widely used in product design and manufacturing for a number of years, 3D printing is only recently moving into the health care realm. Recently 3D printing enabled the successful separation of conjoined twins by letting the surgical planning team print a map of the vascular structure before a separation surgery. In addition, custom prosthetics can be created quickly and inexpensively. Eventually, new livers will be printed – completely disrupting the existing organ donor supply chain. 

This talk will provide an overview to the 3D printing industry, the basics of the technology and specific health care use cases.

WebEx: http://kponline.webex.com
Password: technology2
Meeting # 572 195 580
Tuesday, Jan. 27th @ 9 AM Pacific / 10 AM Mountain / 11 Central / 12 Eastern

CMS Seeking Assistant Director of Affiliate Programs



Assistant Director/Educator
Center for Medical Simulation Affiliate Programs
Center for Medical Simulation, 100 First Ave., Suite 400, Boston, MA 02129-2011

The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital seeks to hire an Assistant Director/Educator for activities that support the efforts of the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) in enhancing the success of its affiliated simulation programs. The duties include helping develop CMS internal program capabilities, mentoring faculty and staff, developing curricula and content and teaching in courses for clinicians and instructors, and to a limited extent conducting and supporting educational research.

This is a promotion track faculty position at the Harvard Medical School, starting at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level. Qualified candidates must have experience in teaching healthcare educators of various disciplines in the techniques of simulation and have experience in education involving high-realism and other forms of simulation. Because CMS conducts itself on a world stage, the candidate should have experience with international simulation and associated professional societies. Requirements include: a PhD in education or a relevant behavioral science; clinical experience is helpful but not required; 5 or more years experience in an inter-professional simulation educational environment; 3 or more years management and leadership experience. Must be able to travel nationally and internationally up to 30%.

CMS is a collaborative effort of the hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School. CMS faculty are employed via the Massachusetts General Physicians’ Organization. The Center provides a broad range of educational and training programs to physicians and other health care providers emphasizing training in management of critical events in patient care. Using sophisticated simulation tools, CMS develops educational programs to implement its mission of improving patient safety by training healthcare providers without subjecting patients to risk. The Massachusetts General Physicians Organization and the Center for Medical Simulation are equal opportunity employers. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Individuals interested in being considered for this position should provide a cover letter specifying their qualifications and a CV via email to Gary Rossi, MBA, C.O.O. at grossi1@partners.org. Applications close February 22, 2015.


Copyright © 2015 Center for Medical Simulation, All rights reserved.

CMS Announces 2015 Boston, MA USA Simulation Instructor Courses

The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) is pleased to announce its 2015 Institute for Medical Simulation Comprehensive Simulation Instructor Course schedule in Boston. Recognized as a world leader in simulation education, CMS offers courses at its Boston location and at host sites throughout the United States and the world.

2015 /Boston  – Comprehensive Simulation Instructor Course Dates:

  • March 9 – 13, 2015
  • March 30 – April 3, 2015
  • April 27 – May 1, 2015
  • August 17 – 21, 2015
  • September 14 – 18, 2015
  • October 5 – 9, 2015
  • November 2 – 6, 2015

Comprehensive Instructor Workshop: 5 days
Established in 2004 and updated through the years, this is the Institute’s most comprehensive and immersive program. Attendees represent a wide range of experience, disciplines and specialties, but all share one common goal: to become outstanding educational leaders or directors of a current or prospective simulation program. With experiential education being the keystone of simulation, the course is a mix of theory, practice and feedback so that students develop a strong and comprehensive understanding of how to most effectively use simulation within their education programs. Widely respected, dedicated educators with years of simulation experience lead the course with one main goal in mind: Transform every IMS student to be an outstanding educator. 

Course topics include:

  • Patient simulation: history and context
  • Operating a simulation program
  • Creating a challenging and safe learning environment
  • Teaching clinical thinking and skills
    Teaching teamwork and crisis resource management
  • Developing debriefing skills
  • Preparing, building, conducting, and debriefing realistic simulation scenarios
  • Avoiding simulation pitfalls and ineffective debriefing techniques
  • Introducing behavioral and educational research paradigms
  • Advancing simulation within one’s institution

Click here to apply for this course  

For more information contact Gary M. Rossi, COO at grossi@harvardmedsim.org or  call 617.726.3041

The Institute for Medical Simulation (IMS), evolved from research developed through a collaborative project between the Center for Medical Simulation and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology funded by a grant from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. CMS’ IMS Program offers courses for simulation leaders, educators and researchers who want to develop and maintain high-quality healthcare simulation programs within their organizations.