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Jenny Rudolph, Mary Fey to Speak at California Simulation Alliance Conference

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The Center for Medical Simulation is pleased to announce that both Jenny Rudolph, Executive Director of CMS, and Mary Fey, Associate Director of the Institute for Medical Simulation at CMS, will speak at the California Simulation Alliance’s second annual conference on October 15th, 2016, at the University of San Francisco.

Jenny and Mary will facilitate a special pre-conference debriefing workshop on the topic of Debriefing with Good Judgement©, on October 14th, 2016, with an introductory online webinar which took place on October 4th, 2016.

The theme of this year’s annual conference is “Making an Impact on Healthcare Education: Bridging the Gap Using Simulation.” Jenny Rudolph will deliver the keynote address at the conference, on the topic, “Creating a Transformational Learning Environment: High Standards and High Regard in Healthcare Simulation.” This interactive keynote speech will explore how to link holding learners to high standards while also holding them in high regard, as the basis for learning in simulation. Some debriefers are “nice” and withhold judgement to protect the learner, while others “tell it like it is” and demoralize the learner. Jenny will discuss how debriefers can do both these things simultaneously in a way that feels fair and fun.

 Mary Fey will also deliver a talk discussing the effects of the recent National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) study on the use of simulation in nursing curricula. She will introduce the findings of the study, which showed that a certain percentage of contact hours for nursing students could be successfully and effectively replaced with simulation. She will also show nursing educators how to integrate simulation into their curricula, given the new NCSBN guidelines.

The California Simulation Alliance (CSA) is a program of HealthImpact. CSA’s purpose is to develop simulation education in the state of California for registered nurses and healthcare professionals. For more information, visit www.californiasimulationalliance.org.

CMS Affiliate Mater Education Partners with MGH Institute of Health Professions

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The Center for Medical Simulation’s Australian affiliate, Mater Education, has partnered with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions to provide post-graduate certification for Australian medical educators.

This program is now available to Mater Education’s Simulation Fellows, who will do their MGH Institute coursework remotely with the guidance of Mater faculty. This certificate also requires fellows to complete CMS’ “Simulation as a Teaching Tool” program, which is put on in Brisbane, Australia. 

Mater Education’s will initially send two fellows through the MGH Institute of Health Professions program, to earn their post-graduate certifications in education with a specialization in simulation. These two fellows, Dominic Ormston, MD, and Richard Mausling, MD, will work to develop simulation courses to serve Mater Education learners in the future. Dr. Ormston will develop emergency response courses for the anesthesia department, while Dr. Mausling will develop simulation training for staff and nurses in the Mater Mother’s Hospital Neonatal Critical Care Unit.


CMS Affiliate Program

The Center for Simulation (CMS) based in Boston, MA, USA, is one of the oldest, most respected, and most influential simulation centers in the world. Through its Affiliate Program, CMS works closely with a select group of international healthcare organizations committed to developing the full potential of their simulation programs. To learn more about becoming a member of this select group of Simulation Centers of Excellence, email CMS at info@harvardmedsim.org.

CMS Affiliate Mater Education Takes Home Two Simulation Awards

ASC-Award_350x350The Center for Medical Simulation congratulates CMS affiliate program Mater Education on winning two major awards at the 2016 Simulation Australasia Annual Awards Dinner in Melbourne, Australia.

Mater Education won the prestigious Simulation Australasia Project Innovation Award for their project “Opening Mater Private Hospital Springfield: Keeping Patients Safe.” In October 2015, Mater Education coordinated a one-of-a-kind simulation event before the opening of the Mater Private Hospital Springfield. In this simulation event, the entire hospital facility ran as a simulation for a full 24 hours, with volunteers performing the roles of hospital patients. This complex simulation gave Mater Education the ability to test hospital-wide processes and new facilities before the hospital opened to the public, increasing staff comfort and confidence and improving patient safety.

The Mater Education team also brought home the award for Best Poster or Short Paper Abstract, for their poster, “Simulation Based Training Program to Improve Delivery of the Impacted Fetal Head at Caesarean Section.” This poster displayed information about the program which Dr. Michael Yu, Dr. Erin Wilson, and Dr. Sarah Janssens developed, which uses the “Desperate Debra” simulator to train learners on issues involved in fetal head disimpaction at caesarean section.


CMS Affiliate Program
The Center for Simulation (CMS) based in Boston, MA, USA, is one of the oldest, most respected, and most influential simulation centers in the world. Through its Affiliate Program, CMS works closely with a select group of international healthcare organizations committed to developing the full potential of their simulation programs. To learn more about becoming a member of this select group of Simulation Centers of Excellence, email CMS at info@harvardmedsim.org.

Demian Szyld Joins CMS as Senior Director of the Institute for Medical Simulation

Demian SzyldThe Center for Medical Simulation is pleased to announce that this fall, Demian Szyld, MD, EdM, will be joining us as Senior Director of the Institute for Medical Simulation (IMS), our simulation educator training program, succeeding his mentors Jenny Rudolph, PhD, and Robert Simon, EdD. Demian will be working with IMS Associate Director Mary Fey, PhD, RN, to build on a long-standing commitment to innovation and excellence in curriculum and faculty development. Demian will also work closely with Robert Simon to coordinate and advance the CMS Affiliate Program.

Demian will serve on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Department of Emergency Medicine. He will practice Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) with a joint appointment in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He will work closely with CMS, BWH, and MGH colleagues to advance our research program in the areas of debriefing and feedback.

Demian teaches several of the Institute for Medical Simulation Program’s courses in English and in Spanish. He helps others perform at their best via his excellent feedback and reassuring support. Demian has a strong commitment to reflective practice both in everyday work and in formal processes of faculty development.

Demian will be moving on from his post as the founding Medical Director of the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences, where he created the fellowship program, served as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at NYU School of Medicine and worked clinically in the Bellevue Hospital Center Emergency Department. Demian currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. He is the cohost of the bi-monthly podcast, Simulacion de Sur a Norte, and an Editor for Advances in Simulation. He publishes, presents and teaches widely in the field of simulation including at international meetings in Chile, New Zealand, Canada, England, the USA, and Mexico.

Demian represents a new generation of clinical educators with formal training in simulation-based education. Mentored by Chuck Pozner, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the STRATUS Simulation Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, he was in the avant garde as the first simulation fellow at STRATUS. During that time, he pursued a Master’s in Education with a focus on Technology, Innovation and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This focus on technology-enhanced learning will serve him well as he and Mary Fey work with Janice Palaganas, PhD, RN, NP and Roxane Gardner, MD, PhD, MHPE to connect the CMS high-touch in-person learning model to our online collective learning initiative known as the Interprofessional Community of Practice (iCoP), funded by a two year grant from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.

Crisis Management in Acute Care Settings Available November 2016

medhead 10The Center for Medical Simulation congratulates Robert Simon and fellow co-authors Michael St Pierre and Gesine Hofinger on the upcoming publication of the third edition of their book, Crisis Management in Acute Care Settings: Human Factors and Team Psychology in a High-Stakes Environment.

Crisis Management in Acute Care Settings comprehensively addresses how human decision making and human factors can affect patient safety in acute care. The text identifies frequent errors and allows healthcare professionals to improve patient safety and give more effective treatment in emergency situations. Springer calls this book, “The required reference for all who are learning about, teaching, or providing acute and emergency healthcare.”

Crisis Management in Acute Care Settings will be available in November 2016 from Springer, in print and electronically.




Janice Palaganas to Deliver Debra Spunt Lecture at NLN Education Summit

Janice Palaganas SimhealthThe Center for Medical Simulation is pleased to announce that Janice Palaganas, PhD, RN, will be delivering the Debra Spunt Lecture at the National League for Nursing Education Summit on Friday, September 23, 2016.

The National League for Nursing (NLN) Education Summit takes place this year in Orlando, Florida from September 21st to September 23rd, 2016. The summit facilitates nurse educators from across the world to meet and discuss service, collaboration, research, best practices, and professional growth.

Janice Palaganas serves as the Director of Educational Innovation and Development at CMS. In her lecture, “Know Bounds to Know No Bounds,” Janice will discuss simulation as a platform for interprofessional education. She will explore how clinical care is brought to life via simulation, and how these simulations help bring to the surface hidden assumptions and thought processes which members of different professions hold. Simulations, along with debriefings, allow us to develop common ground and new appreciation for the contributions of each profession to patient care.

Janice will show how simulation can expand professional boundaries and create powerful organizational change. She will bring simulation to life with cutting-edge research, real clinical examples, and interactive audience exercises.

Find Janice Palaganas on Twitter: twitter.com/jcpalaganas

NLN on Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCs69j-7ABCzIBfaM79KAa6A

NLN on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NationalLeagueforNursing/

Follow the summit on Twitter with #NLNSummit2016

Center for Medical Simulation Offers Nurse Educator Scholarships

Nurse Educator Scholarship Opportunity
“Fostering Great Nurses Through Great Teaching”

The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) and the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) are pleased to announce the “Center for Medical Simulation Nurse Educator Scholarship” a newly funded opportunity for ten, partial tuition scholarships for nurse educators who wish to attend simulation instructor training at CMS in Boston.

The Institute for Medical Simulation (IMS), the simulation instructor training program of CMS, has been conducting workshops since 2004. These scholarships are available for the interprofessional course known as the Comprehensive Instructor Workshop held at CMS in Boston and are aimed at improving the skills of simulation educators.

Ten, $2,500 partial tuition scholarships 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 five teams of two 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.

The Center for Medical Simulation and the MGH Institute of Health Professions are both 501(c)3, nonprofit educational, charitable foundations.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Scholarships will be awarded to five teams, each one consisting of two registered nurses from the same institution, BS minimum—MS or higher preferred. If a team receives final acceptance, each nurse on the team will be offered a $2,500 partial scholarship.
  • At least one of each team’s two nurse applicants must have some leadership responsibility in their organization. The goal is for the team to be able to move simulation education forward in their organization. One member of the team might be a mentor of the other or they might be peers.
  • Both applicants on a team must meet all criteria as listed in the application instructions for attending an IMS Comprehensive Instructor Workshop.
  • To apply for a partial tuition scholarship, both members of each team should apply for the same IMS Comprehensive Instructor Workshop from the list of published workshop dates held at CMS in Boston.
  • After submitting your application online, provide the following documents via email to CMS-IHP-Scholarship@harvardmedsim.org:
    • A letter describing your team’s project as well as the role each of you will play in it.
    • A letter on your institution’s stationery, signed by a senior institution official, declaring the institution’s support for your simulation activities and the project you are proposing. If your institution is paying the balance of the tuition support, the letter should state that the institution is assuming responsibility for payment. If the institution is not assuming responsibility for payment, the individual(s) must make payment prior to final acceptance.

Within two weeks of applying, your team will be notified if it is tentatively accepted for the workshop and scholarship. Final team acceptance and reserved seats in the workshop are predicated on payment of the tuition for both team members.

The awarding of scholarships is on a rolling basis and will be provided to the first five teams that make payment and receive final acceptance into a workshop. Click here for more information about the CMS-IHP Nurse Simulation Educator Scholarship (link to PDF file for download).

The current full tuition for the Comprehensive Instructor Workshop during the Center for Medical Simulation’s 2017 Academic Year (July 2016—June 2017) is $5,075 for each applicant. The balance of tuition for each team member is $2,575 or $5,150 for the team.

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

Center for Medical Simulation announces appointment of Mary Fey, PhD

speaker_fey_lThe Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary K Fey, PhD, RN, CHSE as the Associate Director of its Simulation Educator Training Program (Institute for Medical Simulation). Dr. Fey (Mary) will help oversee our immersive four-and five-day educator training courses. She will also be directing CMS’ new one-day introductory debriefing course, Gateway to Debriefing with Good Judgment, which she designed and developed. Mary is succeeding Janice Palaganas, PhD, RN, NP, ANEF, who will now be leading our Josiah Macy Junior Foundation-funded initiative to develop an on-line interprofessional community of practice for faculty development.

Mary is a leader in simulation faculty development with a passion for psychological safety and reflective practice both in simulation education and nursing education more broadly. For the past several years she has been a lead faculty member in the University of Maryland and National League of Nursing’s Institute for Simulation Educators. She also brings a wealth of interprofessional faculty development experience to her new leadership role. Mary led the University of Maryland’s Debra L Spunt Clinical Simulation Laboratory, where she worked with faculty leaders from the seven professional schools to advance interprofessional education across the campus.

Mary also works to shape the quality of simulation education nationally and internationally via her work with professional societies. She is the Vice President for Outreach for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and serves on the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s Certification Committee. Mary was a lead author of the National League for Nursing’s “Debriefing Across the Curriculum” vision statement, and the International Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning’s (INACSL) best practice standards for debriefing and simulation design.

We are delighted to add a colleague with so much personal warmth, integrity, skill and experience to our team!

Janice Palaganas SimhealthJanice Palaganas, PhD, RN, NP, ANEF, the Director of Educational Innovation and Development at CMS will be turning her attention to web-based learning. Janice and Roxane Gardner, MD, MPH, DSc, MSHPE will be leading the creation of an online “third space” where faculty can develop skills related to interprofessional education. This Josiah Macy Junior Foundation-funded project will use collective, peer-to-peer, and mentor-led learning to enhance communication and reflective practice for educators working in interprofessional settings.

Please join all of us here at CMS in wishing Mary and Janice  the best in their exciting new endeavors.

Simulation Instructor Workshop at Mater Education in August 2016

Mater EducationThe Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) in partnership with its Australian Affiliate, Mater Education, will be offering  its internationally recognized “Simulation As A Teaching Tool” Simulation Instructor Workshop at Mater Education’s simulation facility in South Brisbane, Australia.

Taught by CMS’ Harvard Medical School faculty, CMS’ Simulation Instructor Workshop is a 4-day intensive immersion in healthcare simulation that is specifically designed for those educators seeking to develop high quality simulation programs. It covers all the high level elements and concepts involved in using simulation as a teaching tool.

Drawing on the disciplines of aviation, healthcare, psychology, experiential learning, and organizational behavior, participants learn how to teach clinical, behavioral, and cognitive skills through simulation. 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. Ample opportunities are provided for networking and sharing experiences. Attendees join a growing community of Institute graduates who are positioned as leaders in the field.


August 23 – 26, 2016.


Mater Education Practice Improvement Centre (MEPIC)
Level 4, Duncombe Building
Raymond Terrace
South Brisbane QLD 4101


To register, or for more information on the workshops, please click here

Simulation as a Teaching Tool Flyer

Apply now as seats are limited.


MGH Hosts June 14 Boston Simulation Community Meeting

Combined Boston Simulation Community Monthly Meeting
and CIMIT Boston Simulation Consortium Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday June 14, 2016 5:30-7:00PM

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
55 Fruit Street
Founders Building
Founders 130
Boston, MA 02114

Please join us Tuesday, June 14, 2016 5:30-7:00PM for a special combined Boston Simulation Community and CIMIT Boston Simulation Consortium Quarterly Meeting hosted at the Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston MA 02114 by Jim Gordon MD, MPA and colleagues. The meeting will be held in the Founders 130 Room, located on the first floor of MGH within the Founders Building at 55 Fruit Street, Boston MA 02114. Click here for a map of MGH Main Campus. There’s a sign in the Founders hallway with an arrow pointing down the hall that says, “Emergency Services Training Room”. The room itself is at the end of the hallway, on the right, and is labeled “Founders 130”.

At this meeting, we will learn about:

  1. Heart rate monitoring as a surrogate marker for stress and/or competence, Presenter: Roy Phitayakorn, MD MHPE (MEd) FACS at Massachusetts General Hospital
  2. Teaching anesthesia in Western Kenya. Presenter: Puneet Sayal, MD, Anesthesia Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and Tao Shen, MD, Anesthesia Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. NOTE: Puneet Sayal will be presenting on behalf of he and Tao Shen, both of whom are CA3 residents at MGH DACCPM.
  3. A Competency-based Approach to High Stakes Simulation Assessment of Resuscitation Skills in EM Trainees, Presenter: J. Damon Dagnone Msc MD FRCPC MMEd, CBME Faculty Lead, Postgraduate Medical Education, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Queen’s University, Canada.
  4. CIMIT-Boston Simulation Consortium: Member/Project Updates, Presenter: Jim Gordon, MD MPA at Massachusetts General Hospital

Roy Phitayakorn, MD MHPE (MEd) FACSRoy Phitayakorn, MD MHPE (MEd) FACS, has a clinical practice in general and endocrine surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Director of Surgical Education Research at the MGH and the Surgical Lead for Strategic Initiatives and Operations at the MGH Learning Laboratory. Dr. Phitayakorn also has a Masters degree in Medical Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago (MHPE). 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 Center for Medical Simulation in Boston.

Puneet Sayal, MDPuneet Sayal, MD is an anesthesiology resident at MGH about to complete his residency this week. He completed medical school at the George Washington University in DC and is headed to MD Anderson in Houston for a chronic pain fellowship.


Tao Shen, MDTao Shen, MD is an anesthesiology resident at MGH finishing her residency this week. She completed medical school at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and is staying at MGH for combined ICU and cardiac anesthesia fellowships.


Dr. J Damon Dagnone MD, FRCPC, MScDr. J Damon Dagnone MD, FRCPC, MSc, MMed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University where he is immersed in numerous academic activities. This includes simulation-based assessment, postgraduate resuscitation skills training, inter-professional team training, and curriculum design. Dr. Dagnone is the creator and ongoing director of the Queen’s University Simulation Olympics competition and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Simulation Olympiad national competition.

More recently in 2015, Dr. Dagnone was appointed the CBME Faculty Lead for Postgraduate Medical Education at Queen’s University. This role involves directing the transition to CBME based curriculums for all 28 postgraduate specialty-training programs within the School of Medicine by July of 2017.

Dr. Dagnone’s primary research interests include the development and validation of competency-based assessment tools for Emergency Medicine trainees, the development and implementation of a simulation-based resuscitation skills curriculum, and creating capacity for institutional change at Queen’s University for the CBME transition.

In 2012, Dr. Dagnone was the recipient of the Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences Education Award. He graduated with his MD from the University of Western Ontario, completed his Fellowship in Emergency Medicine and Master of Science degree at Queen’s University, and attained a Masters degree in Medical Education from the University of Dundee in Scotland.

Upcoming Boston Simulation Community Research and Education Meetings

  • July 2016: Summer Hiatus
  • August 2016: Summer Hiatus
  • September 13, 2016: Location: Center for Medical Simulation, Topic: TBA
  • October 11, 2016: Location and Topic: TBA
  • November 15, 2016: Location and Topic: TBA
  • December 13, 2016: Location and Topic: TBA

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!