James Lipshaw

Jenny Rudolph Facilitates Workshop at Madigan Army Medical Center


On November 9th and 10th, 2016, the Faculty Development Fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center played host for the semi-annual Education and Leadership Workshop. The Center for Medical Simulation was honored to send Jenny Rudolph, Executive Director, to lead and facilitate teaching on creating respectful and honest feedback which reveals learner frames.

Over 100 medical educators and leaders from Madigan Army Medical Center, the local VA, and the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho (WWAMI) network attended the Education and Leadership Workshop. Speaking at the conference were Colonel Michael Place, MD, hospital commander, on integrating principles of becoming a High Reliability Organization and Graduate Medical Education; Colonel Jessica Servey, MD, Uniformed Services University Faculty Development Educator, on Leaners in Trouble and the Educators Portfolio and Curriculum Vitae; and Major General Jeffrey Clark, MD, Director, Health Care Operations for the Defense Health Agency, on leadership lessons.

CMS was pleased to reconnect with alumni of its Comprehensive Instructor Workshop involved in the Faculty Development Fellowship, including the Program Director, Colonel Douglas Maurer, and fellows Major Heather O’Mara, Lieutenant Colonel Laurel Neff, and Lieutenant Commander Richard Thompson.

Pictured in photograph, from left to right, members of the Madigan Army Medical Center Faculty Development Fellowship: Col. Douglas Maurer, Program Director; Maj. Heather O’Mara, Fellow; Lt. Col. Laurel Neff, Fellow; Maj. Jeffrey Burket, Fellow; Capt. Mary Noel, Fellow; Maj. Michael Arnold, Fellow; Lt. Cmdr. Richard Thompson, Fellow.

James Lipshaw

Dan Raemer, CMS Faculty Lead American College of Rheumatology Workshop


From Dan Raemer, the Center for Medical Simulation’s Chief Curiosity Officer:

“Brad Morrison, Laura Rock, and I presented a workshop on Providing Effective Feedback at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in Washington, DC on November 21, 2016. Although the session was scheduled for an early hour, it was very well attended and the participants responded enthusiastically to the notions of Feedback with Good Judgment. We were able to provide some motivation, content, and practice for the participants improving their feedback to students, coworkers, and peers. Using some intriguing videos of good and bad feedback enabled us to make the session relevant to a medical specialty we have not traditionally served.”

James Lipshaw

Center for Medical Simulation Nurse Educator Scholarships Awarded

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The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) and the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) are pleased to announce that our CMS Nurse Educator Scholarships have been awarded for our 2016 and 2017 Comprehensive Instructor Workshops.

These ten $2500 partial tuition scholarships were made available through the generosity of an anonymous nurse donor who seeks to improve the ways that simulation is used in nursing education.

The scholarships were awarded to five teams of two nursing educators from healthcare organizations and education programs using or seeking to use simulation in their nurse training curricula.

The winners of the ten scholarships for 2016 and 2017 are:

  • Lori Mooney and Ann Felauer from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Helen Catena and Jenny Chatfield from the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Alberta, Canada.
  • Joanne Dunderdale and Carol Kostovich from the Loyola University Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Melissa Jarvill and Seon-Yoon Chung from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.
  • Nichole Kelsey and Maureen Washock from the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

We welcome these five nursing teams to our Comprehensive Instructor Workshops and looks forward to seeing them at CMS in Boston in 2016 and 2017.


James Lipshaw

CMS Leadership, Faculty among SSH Academy Inductees

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The Center for Medical Simulation congratulates the many CMS faculty, board members, graduates, and friends who were appointed as inaugural fellows of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s SSH Academy.

CMS team members in the first group of fellows include Chief Curiosity Officer Dan Raemer, Director of Educational Innovation & Development Janice Palaganas, faculty member Walter Eppich, Executive Director Emeritus Jeff Cooper, and Board of Trustees member James Gordon.

CMS is proud to be represented in the SSH Academy by so many members of our faculty and leadership team, and looks forward to seeing them formally inducted at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in Orlando, in January 2017.

James Lipshaw

Roxane Gardner Accepted into Prestigious Faculty Fellowship

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The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) is pleased to announce that Roxane Gardner MD, MSHPEd, DSc and the Sr. Director of Clinical Programs at CMS  has been accepted into the Faculty Fellowship for Leaders in Collaborative and Humanistic Interprofessional Education at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  She is one of 11 clinicians accepted into this national multi-site project.

Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH)/Harvard is one of the national sites, and the first pediatric site, chosen to implement curricula to develop leaders who will serve as collaborative role models committed to creating successful strategies to educate others about humanism and to developing future generations of IPE leaders at their institutions. The program at Boston Children’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School is unique in that it has been designed as a Faculty Fellowship, rather than convening a seminar.

Roxane will be part of a larger cohort of interprofessional leaders and evolving leaders in interprofessional education from the following participating institutions: University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, University of Minnesota Medical School, Yale School of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Indiana University School of Medicine.  A link to the Fellowship webpage is available at: http://ipepweb.org/faculty-fellowship-interprofessional/ 

Congratulations Roxane!

James Lipshaw

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.

James Lipshaw

Connie Wang: My Experience on Rotation at CMS

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Connie Wang 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 have had the most incredible experience at the Center for Medical Simulation. I reflect on this month and am astounded by the knowledge I have gained as well as the progress I have made in the world of simulation. Before taking the simulation elective, my experience of simulation was limited to running through a scenario as a learner. The difference that my sim elective month made was to dig deeper into my understanding of the entire simulation process. It allowed me a chance to witness the technical process of preparing for a simulation. I saw the energy it took to make sure all the details played out correctly.  I was also able to experience being a debriefer of a process, instead of just a participant. This elective has taught me that there is an art to debriefing and there are certain ways to approach the debriefing process that can elicit the most from the learners. Everyone at the simulation center is very nurturing and capable. They harbor a safe haven where I felt comfortable learning new skills. Simulation is the past, present, and future… and now I feel prepared to head forward with simulation in my future career.

-Connie Wang, MD

James Lipshaw

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.

James Lipshaw

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.

James Lipshaw

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.