The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) recently celebrated it’s 21st Anniversary of “Using simulation to improve safety, quality and education in healthcare”. In honor of this milestone, MEdSim Magazine Group Editor, Marty Kauchak, interviewed CMS’ Executive Director, Jeffrey Cooper, PhD. The interview touched upon CMS’ history, its programs and its goals for the future as CMS enters its third decade.
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CMS’ Janice Palaganas, RN, PhD was one of the invited Keynote Speakers for the third Simulation in Medical Education Conference (SIMEC 2014) held from November 13-15 at Hacettepe University Ankara, Turkey where she presented the Keynote Address, “We need to talk. Simulation based Interprofessional Education.” Dr. Palaganas also presented two workshops at the conference, “In-situ Simulation: Things That Can Keep You Safe While Keeping Patients Safe” and “How to Maintain the Success of Your Simulation Center: Policies, Procedures, and Project Pull”.
Boston Simulation Community
November 20, 2014 5:30-7:00PM
Please join us Thursday, November 20, 2014 5:30-7:00PM for the Boston Simulation Community Meeting hosted at the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS). CMS is located within the historic Charlestown Navy Yard at 100 First Avenue, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02129. Click here for directions.
At this meeting, we will learn about “Lifebox, the WHO Surgical Checklist, and Surgical Site Infection Reduction—implications for Simulation.” Presenter: Alan Merry, University of Auckland, Department of Anesthesia. Lifebox (http://www.lifebox.org) is attempting to address poor surgical care in low income countries by a combination of distributing fit-for-purpose oximeters and education, including education in the World Health Organization Checklist. Lifebox attempts to address the global crisis in surgical safety with a focus on low income countries has applications for high income countries as well.
Dr. Alan Merry practices anesthesia and chronic pain management at Auckland City Hospital, and is Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Auckland. He is a Councillor of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists, Deputy Treasurer of the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists and Chair of the Board of the New Zealand Health Quality and Safety Commission. He is on the Board of Lifebox, an international charitable initiative to improve standards of surgery and anesthesia in low income areas of the world. His three books, 15 book chapters and over 120 papers in peer reviewed journals reflect interests in human factors, patient safety and simulation. He established the spinal cord stimulation service within the Auckland Regional Pain Service, and has a particular interest in using spinal cord stimulation to manage chronic intractable angina pectoris.
Upcoming Boston Simulation Community Research and Education Meetings
- December 16, 2014 (third Tuesday): Location TBA – Preview and peer feedback on International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare presentations.
About The 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!
Dear Friends of the Center for Medical Simulation:
I’ve met many of you who have visited the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) for one of our clinical or Institute for Medical Simulation (IMS) courses over the past many years. I am writing to as many past participants and graduates as we have contacts for, which includes numerous close friends and colleagues, to let you know that a committee has been formed to find an Executive Director to succeed me. After founding CMS 21 years ago, I feel that it’s a good time for someone else to take over the leadership of our wonderful organization and for me to pursue my many other professional and personal interests and passions. The Board of Trustees has asked me to help in the process, so I will be an ex officio member of the search committee. The official announcement is attached and below. It includes a link to ZurickDavis (ZD), the firm that is assisting us in conducting the search. ZD has extensive experience in identifying healthcare education leaders. If you are interested yourself or know someone who is, please consider applying or encouraging a colleague who you feel is a good fit to do so. You may also make informal suggestions to ZD in confidence and they will follow up.
As you no doubt know, CMS has an incredibly talented, innovative and fun team of faculty and staff, all of whom I enjoy working tremendously. I’ll miss that daily camaraderie, excitement and satisfaction that comes from all that we do. I will likely maintain some continued involvement with CMS, but that will depend on what my successor wishes to do. What’s most important is for us to identify the right person to take CMS into the next decade(s) of great things that simulation has yet to do to make healthcare safer and better. I look forward to the process of figuring out who that will be.
If you have any suggestions or nominations or if you would like to apply for the position, please contact Lida Junghans at ZurickDavis (firstname.lastname@example.org) as noted in the announcement.
With warm regards to all of you in the CMS/IMS family,
Center for Medical Simulation
The Center for Medical Simulation is pleased to announce that it is bringing its world renowned Institute for Medical Simulation (IMS) “Simulation as a Teaching Tool” and “Advanced Debriefing” courses to Mater Education in Brisbane Australia.
ADVANCED DEBRIEFING – 4 Days: February 18 -21, 2015
Prerequisite – “Comprehensive” or “Simulation as a Teaching Tool” Simulation Instructor Courses
With an emphasis on debriefing skills, this course is designed to enhance and extend instructional techniques learned in the IMS Simulation Instructor Courses. Using high-leverage methods from experiential learning and organizational psychology, this 4-day intensive immersion in debriefing taught by the Center for Medical Simulation’s senior IMS/Harvard Medical School faculty uses extensive practice and feedback to help attendees become more reflective about their instructional practices. The peer-to-peer feedback processes used in the course also develops participants’ ability to help other faculty within their institution improve their instructional techniques. Participants will run and debrief one of their own scenarios; learn how to use an Action Science technique to reflect on debriefings; and learn how to provide rigorous feedback on debriefings using a structured assessment tool. There will be some didactics, but mainly the course will be interactive and engaging. Your learning begins before the course starts through online feedback and interaction with faculty on the course pre-work assignments.
- Debriefing practice debriefing with feedback
- Giving feedback to colleagues on their debriefings
- Reflect on and improve debriefing using Action Science techniques
- Assessing the quality of debriefings
For more information and to register click here: http://www.matereducation.qld.edu.au/education-programs/advanced-debriefing-course/overview
SIMULATION AS A TEACHING TOOL – 4 Days: February 25 -28, 2015
This course immerses healthcare simulation leaders and instructors in a multi-method course wherein participants learn how to teach clinical, behavioral, and cognitive skills through simulation. It draws from the disciplines of aviation, healthcare, psychology, experiential learning, and organizational behavior. Participants explore simulator-based teaching methods applicable across the healthcare education spectrum, including undergraduate and graduate medical, nursing and allied health domains. The daily formats vary and include; simulation scenarios, lectures, small and large group discussions, and practical exercises with feedback. Typically these courses also offer a couple of social evenings for networking and sharing experiences.
- Building a challenging and safe learning environment
- Utilizing effective debriefing techniques and avoiding ineffective ones
- Preparing, building, conducting and debriefing high-fidelity simulation scenarios
For more information and to register click here: http://www.matereducation.qld.edu.au/education-programs/simulation-as-a-teaching-tool/overview
MATER EDUCATION – AFFILIATE OF THE CENTER FOR MEDICAL SIMULATION
This past August, Mater Education joined the ranks of a select group of leading international healthcare organizations when it became an Affiliate of the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS). As a CMS Affiliate, Mater Education has an exclusive level of access to the resources, skills, advice and experience of CMS’s team of Harvard Medical School faculty who are internationally recognized leaders in the field of simulation. Through this Affiliation, Mater Education intends to further develop its reputation as an outstanding educational leader across Queensland and Australia.
Key objectives of the Affiliation include achieving an international simulation accreditation, collaborating on new curricula and programs, particularly in the area of developing high performing inter-professional teams, and using simulation to positively impact upon patient safety outcomes through education, training and organizational systems integration.
CMS is truly excited to have Mater Education join its family of Affiliates.
For more information on the CMS Affiliate Program and how you can “Take Your Simulation Program To The Next Level” click here: https://harvardmedsim.org/affiliates.php
Boston Simulation Community Monthly Meeting
October 14, 2014 5:30-7:00PM
Please join us on October 14, 2014 5:30-7:00PM for the Boston Simulation Community Meeting hosted by the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) at 100 First Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts 02129. Click here for Directions to CMS.
At this meeting, we will learn about “Using physiological monitoring as a surrogate for emotional activation during OR team simulation.” Presenters are Roy Phitayakorn, MD, MHPE (MEd) FACS and Emil Petrusa, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Surgery and the MGH Learning Laboratory.
Dr. Roy Phitayakorn completed his residency training in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University in 2009 and completed an endocrine surgery fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2011. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Surgery with a clinical practice in general surgery and endocrine surgery. Dr. Phitayakorn is also the Faculty Lead for Strategic Initiatives and Operations at the MGH Learning Laboratory and the Director of Surgical Education Research and Remediation for the MGH Department of Surgery. Dr. Phitayakorn also has a Masters degree in Medical Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago (MHPE). His MHPE thesis was on phone communication preferences of general surgery residents and attendings and won the best thesis award in 2007 and also best presentation at the 2008 MHPE medical education conference. Finally, Dr. Phitayakorn is an external consultant for the American Board of Surgery and a faculty member for several national medical education courses and institutions including the Harvard Macy Institute, the ACS Surgeons as Educators course, and the Institute of Medical Simulation.
Dr. Emil Petrusa has a PhD in educational psychology. He joined the MGH Department of Surgery and Learning Laboratory in 2012 as a senior educational researcher. Prior positions included a faculty member in the Department of Medicine and the Office of Educational Development at UTMB in Galveston, TX, associate dean for medical education at Duke and director of the Office for Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt. His research has focused on learner assessment, particularly with simulation.
Upcoming Boston Simulation Community Research and Education Meetings
November 20, 2014 (Thursday): @ CMS: “Lifebox, the WHO Surgical Checklist, and Surgical Site Infection Reduction—implications for Simulation.” Presenter: Alan Merry, University of Auckland, Department of Anesthesia. Lifebox (http://www.lifebox.org) is attempting to address poor surgical care in low income countries by a combination of distributing fit-for-purpose oximeters and education, including education in the World Health Organization Checklist. Lifebox attempts to address the global crisis in surgical safety with a focus on low income countries has applications for high income countries as well. (Alan Merry is a simulation and patent safety leader in New Zealand and internationally.)
- Abstracts are due October 15, 2014 for both the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) 2015 Surgical Education Week held April 21-25, 2015 and the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) 2015 Spring Annual Meeting held April 24-26, 2015 in Seattle, Washington
- Abstracts are due October 30, 2014 for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL) 14th Annual Conference held June 10-13, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.
About Boston Simulation Community Research and Education Meetings
The Boston Simulation Community Research and Education 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 held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please join us!
For more information about the meetings contact:
The Center for Medical Simulation is located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard at 100 First Avenue, 4th floor, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02129-2011.
- First AVENUE in Boston is NOT the same as First STREET in Boston. We hope you can avoid this common navigational error.
- Mapping software such as Google Maps, MapQuest, etc., often show 100 First Avenue as being about a block further down First Avenue than its actual location. If you type the name “Center for Medical Simulation Boston” into Google Maps, rather than the address, it will show you the correct location.
- Also, be aware that in the Charlestown Navy Yard, building numbers are not the same as street addresses. CMS’ street address is 100 First Avenue, but its building number is #39. Be careful, a location’s building number is often carved into its facade giving the impression it’s the street address – it’s not!
- 100 First Avenue is diagonally across the street from the intersection of 8th Street and 1st Avenue.
- We do NOT recommend parking on the street; however, limited metered street parking is available along First Avenue. Parking meters are in effect Monday – Saturday (except holidays) from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Please read the Street Parking section to avoid getting towed!
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The first textbook from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH) is due for release this December. The Associate Director of the Center for Medical Simulation’s IMS Program, Janice Palaganas, is the Editor-in-Chief of this new textbook which stems from SSIH’s Accreditation Program. The Accreditation Council noticed many common areas for improvement in Simulation Programs which motivated the group to create this textbook as a compilation of information and frameworks to serve as a resource for anyone involved with healthcare simulation, including new and experienced simulation educators, managers, and technicians.
The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) turns 21 this year! To celebrate we’ll be holding a party from 6-9 pm on September 19th. The event will be held at CMS at 100 First Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02129. Tickets are available for $150.00. Click here for more information about the party and to purchase tickets.
In keeping with our experiential nature and propensity to have fun there will be some great “hands on” activities. You can learn to juggle or salsa dance, and you can have your picture taken with our fortune telling mannequin. We’ll even be showing movies about CMS along with the Justine Cooper’s classic, “If it weren’t for you I’d be sued”. We’ll have a few guest speakers and Jeff Cooper, our founder and Executive Director, will do a Ted like talk on CMS’ past, present and future. And, of course there will be libations and plenty of great hors d’oeuvres. It’s going to be a fabulous time and we hope you can come. If not, we’re streaming the presentations live. A link will be available on the party homepage on September 19th.
6:00 – 7:30 Learning, Networking, Playing
- Learn to Juggle With Jenny the Juggler
- Learn Salsa Dancing
- Take a photo with our Fortune Telling Mannequin
- Take in a Movie
- Enjoy Libations and Catering by PJ
7:30 – 8:15 CMS Anniversary Presentations Main Conference Center, also
Hosted by Jeff Cooper broadcast to overflow areas.
8:15 – 9:00 Learning, Networking, Playing continues As above
Click on the picture below to hear a personal invitation from Jeff to come to the party.
Dan Raemer, PhD presented the Alan Hyman History of Anesthesia and Medicine Lecture at the famed Columbia University Department of Anesthesiology on September 4, 2014 in New York City. The talk was entitled, The History of Simulation in Graduate Medical Education, and posited a futuristic look at the history of this field. The Alan Hyman History Lecture has been presented in prior years by such anesthesiology legends as Leroy Van Dam, Richard Kitz, John Severinghaus, and Emanuel Papper.
Earlier this summer during a faculty retreat at the Hospital Virtual Valdecilla (HvV), Jenny Rudolph recorded this video where she talks about the importance of people and their ability to reflect and understand their thinking and emotions as simulation instructors.
The Hospital Virtual Valdecilla is an Affiliate of the Center for Medical Simulation. It serves a reference Center for Simulation throughout Spain, Mexico, Central and South America. For information about CMS’ Affiliate Program and how you can take your Center to the next level click here.
Click the photo below to see the video.