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A Letter to Jenny Rudolph from Our Colleagues in Edmonton, Alberta

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Mary Fey with the CMS team and Albertan sim educators at MacEwan University in Edmonton.

Colette Foisy-Doll is a Registered Nurse (RN) and a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator who has been on the faculty at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, where she now serves as Director of the Clinical Simulation Centre, since 1994. She was one of the first pioneers of simulation-based undergraduate nursing education in Canada and has served as a consultant for the development of more than 20 simulation programs in Canada and around the world, including programs in Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and most recently in Turkey and Ukraine. She is also an alumna of the Center for Medical Simulation Comprehensive Instructor Workshop. MacEwan University has offered the Comprehensive Instructor Workshop twice, and most recently hosted the CMS Gateway Debriefing Workshop.

We recently received a touching letter from Colette Foisy-Doll, Director of the Clinical Simulation Centre at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. MacEwan had just hosted the CMS Gateway Debriefing Workshop, a one-day course which introduces healthcare education faculty to the foundational principles of “Debriefing with Good Judgement.”

Here’s what Colette had to say about the workshop:

Dear Jenny,

I trust that life is bringing heaps of goodness your way and I hope all is well in your world.

I am writing to send good news by letting you know what an amazing and transformational learning event Mary [Fey] and the CMS graduate facilitators provided for MacEwan University and our Interdisciplinary Healthcare Education Partnership community of practice. I was so very proud to be hosting this session and since last Thursday, have been barraged with wonderful remarks and positive feedback.

In keeping with the Center for Medical Simulation tradition of excellence through teaching Debriefing with Good Judgment, Mary provided us with a powerful and stimulating learning experience that was enhanced by the many gifts she so openly shares. She is amazing, and you already know that. It was especially meaningful to have Mary stay for our premier Sim-IPE HELP! Save Stan event where she got right in there, modeling debriefing and providing valued feedback for our facilitators.

She is a kindred spirit to all, not unlike other members of the CMS team. To me, this is one of the defining characteristics of your team and your collective work – you genuinely care about and for others and your commitment to empowering people fosters instant connections and life-long bonds that reach far beyond the outcomes of simple training sessions. Education is most valuable when it is emancipatory….

It is absolutely essential to spread the CMS word and to continue to transform our healthcare teams and environments one voice at a time while building capacity in our education/healthcare community. The Gateway course is very important because it brings the CMS experience to vast numbers of educators/HCPs that otherwise could not afford to partake. I hope many go on to taking the full course, but if they do not have access to funds, this is a huge opportunity to learn.

I am watching and noticing as CMS continues to expand and develop its programming and am excited to feel that I can play a small part of it!

All the very best to you and the team.

Cheers, Colette

 

And here is what Jenny Rudolph, Executive Director of CMS, had to say in response:

Dear Colette,

Thanks for this very touching and heartfelt message. It sounds like the Gateway course had a wonderful impact and that Mary Fey’s work was as magical as I know it to be.

You, of course, seeded the ground for this marvelous work with your long-standing commitment to excellence in debriefing, your skill, and of course heart!

What you describe below is the kind of impact and feeling that I think helps us all know why we are doing this work and inspires us to work hard to do more.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write.

Fondly,

Jenny

 

CMS Faculty Lead Four Courses at Australian Affiliates

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Center for Medical Simulation faculty, including Jenny Rudolph, Demian Szyld, Mary Fey, Walter Eppich, Julian van Dijk, Kate Morse, and Robert Simon trekked to Australia in February to help lead four sessions of CMS’ Simulation as a Teaching Tool courses.

Two courses took place at the Western Centre for Medical Education in Melbourne/St. Alban’s, Victoria, from February 14th to 17th and February 21st to 24th. Two took place at Mater Education in Brisbane, Queensland, from February 21st to 24th and from February 28th to March 3rd.

The Simulation as a Teaching Tool Simulation Instructor Workshop immerses healthcare simulation leaders and instructors in an inter-professional learning environment where participants learn to teach clinical, behavioral, and cognitive skills through simulation. This course draws from simulation-based pedagogy in field ranging from aviation to healthcare, psychology, experiential learning, and organizational behavior. Participants explore teaching methods that are applicable across the healthcare education spectrum, from undergraduate and graduate medical education to the nursing and allied health domains.

The day to day practice of the Simulation as a Teaching Tool course varies and includes simulation scenarios, lectures, small and large group discussions, and practical exercised on feedback and debriefing. The course also includes professional networking and events for sharing course and professional experiences.

Reflections on My Month at CMS

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Emily Fish is a resident in Anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She spent the month of October at the Center for Medical Simulation on an elective rotation. The goal of the rotation program is to expose residents to the potential and operational use of simulation for education, clinical training and research. Over the course of the month, residents develop simulation scenarios including patient records, plot, setup, debriefing notes, and references.

“I am so grateful to have spent the past month at the Center for Medical Simulation–what a remarkable experience it has been! From gaining experience in the creation of high fidelity scenarios to improving my debriefing skills, the rotation was rich with learning opportunities. I was also fortunate to take the IMS instructor course, which was a truly transformative experience. The expert guidance of the instructors and the environment of teamwork and encouragement really foster the learning and growth of participants. Participating in the course has had a powerful effect on both the quantity and quality of introspection and self-evaluation I perform. I am more cognizant of potential assumptions I may have and will strive to be mindful of these and their potential impact in debriefing and elsewhere. The course has transformed the way I communicate not only with colleagues at work but in my daily life as well. I now find myself actively working on improving my communication skills using the techniques I learned in the course. I consider the course one of the most impactful experiences I have had in my medical training thus far. In fact, it has prompted a desire to incorporate simulation into my long-term career, and I hope to enter into sim fellowship as the next step in my growth as an educator.”

–Emily Fish, MD

CMS Hosts Alaskan Healthcare Providers

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Last week, the Center for Medical Simulation hosted two Alaskan healthcare providers, Susan Davis, EMT, CHP-c, and Danita Koehler, MD. Susan and Danita came to CMS representing Eastern Aleutian Tribes, a healthcare corporation working alongside the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to provide health services to communities in the Aleutian Islands and on the Alaska and Kenai peninsulas. These programs are part of the Alaska Community Health Aide Program, which provides resources to a network of more than 550 healthcare providers serving more than 170 rural villages throughout Alaska. ANTHC is Alaska’s second largest healthcare employer, with over 2,500 employees.

Susan and Danita attended the CMS Comprehensive Instructor Workshop in order to further their goal of bringing simulation training to these healthcare programs. The Community Health Aides / Practitioners who work in the CHAP program are the primary providers in their communities, working with limited resources to provide health education, prevent disease and injury, and ensure safe water and sewer services. These community providers work in conjunction with remote providers at hospitals, using teleconferencing to examine patients, discuss treatment options, and determine whether medevac resources are required in critical situations.

Simulation training will allow these frontline providers to safely train on and improve response times to many potential clinical situations, including early recognition of crucial signs and symptoms for issues like shock, sepsis, and psychiatric distress. Having spent a week at CMS training with an international and interprofessional team of healthcare providers, Susan and Danita are now better equipped to create, operate, and evangelize simulation programs for their healthcare organizations and their communities.

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.

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
info@harvardmedsim.org
617.726.3041

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.

Dates:

August 23 – 26, 2016.

Venue:

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

Registration:

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

Simulation as a Teaching Tool Flyer

Apply now as seats are limited.

 

CMS Announces Simulation Instructor Workshops This May in Singapore

nus-logoThe Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) in partnership with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine National University of Singapore will be offering two sessions of its internationally recognized “Simulation As A Teaching Tool” Simulation Instructor Workshop at the University’s Centre for Healthcare Simulation.

Taught by CMS’ Harvard Medical School faculty, this CMS Institute for Medical 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.

Dates:
Workshop 1: May 10 – 13, 2016
Workshop 2: May 17 – 20, 2016

Venue:
Centre for Healthcare Simulation Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine National University of Singapore.

Registration:
To register, or for more information on the workshops, please contact Ms. Mahanom Ahmad at medma@nus.edu.sg or Tel: +65 6516 1021 . Apply now – as seats are limited.

Click here for the Workshop’s Flyer

Four Nursing Teams Awarded Scholarships To Attend CMS’ Interprofessional Simulation Instructor Workshops In Boston

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The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) and the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) are pleased to announce that eight, partial tuition scholarships have been awarded to four, two member, teams of nurses to attend CMS’ basic interprofessional  Simulation Instructor Program, the Comprehensive Instructor Workshop, aimed at improving the skills of simulation educators.

The eight, $2,500 partial tuition scholarships (full tuition is $4,875) were made available through the generosity of an anonymous nurse donor who would like to improve the ways that simulation is used in nursing education. Her interest was 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. A selection committee consisting of the nurse donor and faculty members from IHP and CMS made the selections.  The eight nurses chosen were from:

  • Michigan State University
  • Brock University (Ontario, Canada)
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Vermont

Jeffrey Cooper, CMS’ Executive Director, was gratified by the tremendous response from all over the world to the scholarship offer. Jeff noted that the selection committee had a difficult time choosing from all of the outstanding team applications. He is hopeful that another round of scholarships can be offered next year.

 

Scholarships Available For Nurses To Attend CMS’ Simulation Instructor Workshops

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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
info@harvardmedsim.org
617.726.3041