SimGHOSTS event attendees will be selecting one of the following individuals during the opening ceremonies of SimGHOSTS 2013 to represent them as President for the August-August 2013-2014 year. Online voting ballots for previous SimGHOSTS 2011 / 2012 attendees who could not attend the 2013 meeting will be sent via email tomorrow morning. Watch the Keynote address tomorrow at 8AM Central Time to hear from these candidates directly! Official Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists Non-Profit Organization Bylaws Description of Presidental Duties:
Subject to such supervisory powers as the Board may give to the chair of the Board, if any, the president shall, subject to the control of the Board, be the general manager of the Corporation and shall supervise, direct, and control the business, activities, affairs and the officers of the Corporation. The president shall preside, in the absence of the chair of the Board, or if there is none, at all Board meetings. The president shall have such other powers and duties as the Board or the Bylaws may prescribe.
The Candidates (Ordered by Last Name): Scott B. Crawford, M.D. Instructor – Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso campus EM Physician – University Medical Center  Dr. Scott Crawford is an instructor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso campus and an emergency medicine physician at University Medical Center in El Paso. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Texas Tech in 2012. Dr. Crawford earned his M.D. from Rush University in Chicago in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in physics from The Colorado College in 2004. He has designed/installed computer enhanced classroom and teaching tools since 1999. Scott Crawford has experienced simulation as a learner for three years before being asked to assist with scenario and simulation design.  Since that time he has worked to expand his center’s networking and audio/video debriefing system utilizing the information gathered from both the SimGHOSTS and the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) conferences.  Dr. Crawford plans to maintain an active membership with both the SimGHOSTS and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  He is currently working as a simulation technician and instructor at the Regional Training and Simulation Center at Texas Tech University in El Paso, where he works to provide immersive inter-professional simulation experiences for nursing students, medical students and residents of all specialties at the rapidly growing Texas Tech El Paso medical campus. He is also an instructor for the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Trauma Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and Team STEPPS courses. Dr. Crawford would like to use his knowledge and experience to help further the status and advancement opportunities for the technicians of the healthcare simulation world.  The designers and operators of healthcare simulation provide an enriching and invaluable teaching tool to allow healthcare workers on all levels to gain knowledge, gain confidence, and improve communication to create better patient outcomes. Simulation technicians are the backbone of healthcare simulation, whether they work as solo educators or are part of an interdisciplinary team at a large multicenter university.  Simulation technicians need a united voice to make sure they get the credit and advancement opportunities they deserve to continue learning, building and growing within their field. Joey Failma Senior Simulation Clinical Educator (Linkedin Profile As Senior Simulation Clinical Educator, Joey J. Failma has 29 combined years in different types of businesses and institutions. They include health care, biotechnology, construction, and financial institutions. He comes with a strong leadership background in Technology, Technical Support, Customer Service, and Human Resources. The positions he has held include: Business Manager (Final Touch Construction), Simulation Technical Coordinator (WELLS Center), Systems Conversion Specialist (Symitar), Education Specialist (Colorado State Employees Credit Union) and Customer Service Manager (QIAGEN, Inc.). Mr. Failma was first introduced to the simulation industry in 2005. With not much knowledge in the field of simulation, he became an integral part of building a simulation center in 2006 from the ground up. He continued that success with implementing a simulation program and introducing simulation to the faculty and learners at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Anschutz Medical Campus. He also partook in the design and build out for the College of Nursing simulation lab.  In 2007, Mr. Failma became affiliated with the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE), at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He took on the simulation arena working with patient human simulators, set-up of the simulation rooms (L&D, ICU, and OR). With his EMT-Basic background his simulation technology experiences combine Laerdal Medical, Gaumard Scientific, CAE Healthcare, and Education Management Solutions (EMS) thus making him a diverse educator, programmer, and technician. In 2009, Mr. Failma became a Master TeamSTEPPS trainer to assist in improving collaborations and communications with clinicians, patients, learners, and simulation technicians. He has made numerous trips to the rural hospitals within the state of Colorado to conduct TeamSTEPPS with COPIC Insurance making a difference with their risk management division. In the last eight years, Mr. Failma has collaborated with clinical content experts in developing and demonstrating simulation scenarios in interprofessional events, residency programs, high-stakes assessments, and remediation. His success as a senior simulation clinical educator, patient human simulator programmer, and technician was highly due to his clinical simulation familiarity, education, and training. Ferooz Sekandarpoor IT Manager  Ferooz Sekandarpoor is the IT Manager for Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation at University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada. He is also the simulation subject matter expert for the faculty of medicine for the province of BC. The Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation where Ferooz Sekandarpoor works is one of the very first centre to be accredit by American Collage of Surgeons and now one of the first centre to be accredited by Royal collage of physician of Canada. Prior to joining University of British Columbia Ferooz worked as a network administrator for United Nations Development Program internationally. He has a master degree in information technology and computer science a holds many leading industries certificates such as (MCSE, CISCO, Polycom, Tandberg, Security+ and Ethical Hacking). Ferooz has a passion for technology and learning, his vast set of skills allows him to be a very effective member of a team. While he is working fulltime for UBC he is also the CEO of his own consultancy company called BrainNet Consulting Inc. his company is committed to providing IT & technology consultancy services in the fields of Academic Telemedicine, Video Conferencing and Medical Simulation technologies. Ferooz likes to pay back to his community where he lives he volunteered some of his skills for almost 6 years in producing TV shows where he record and edited TV shows for local community TV. In 2012 Ferooz has successfully finished his Project Management Professional course at University of BC and looking forward to get his PMP designation in near future. Ferooz Sekandarpoor presented in national and international conferences such as Internet Society in year 2000 in Yokohama Japan and he was one of the presenters in the last years of SIMGHOST 2012 meeting in Las Vegas where he presented his talk on how to design a Sim Centre. Summery of Projects that Ferooz Sekandarpoor has been designed: -  King Saud University Simulation Centre (Saudi Arabia) - BC Children and Women (Vancouver BC) - Prince George hospital simulation centre (Price George, BC) - University of Northern BC simulation centre - Terrace Hospital Simulation centre - Fort St. John Hospital Simulation centre (Fort St. John, BC) - CIME Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan -  Nanaimo General Hospital Sim Centre  Network IT Experience: - Expertise in Network, Servers management, VMware, Firewalls, Switches, fiber optic, Audio Visual design and support. Medical Simulation Experience: Extensive experience in support, install troubleshoot and integration of the Medical Simulation such as (HPS, ECS, METIMan, PediSim, SimMan, SimMan 3G, GI-Mentor- URO-Mentor, Surgical Sim, Mimic Robotic Surgery, Mentice VIST, Harvey, BabySim and In-depth knowledge of B-line medical, EMS, CAE Learning Space debriefing systems.  For more information about Ferooz Sekandarpoor please visit his profile on Linkedin