Looking Back on the Years in Simulation

01/07/2016

Blog post by SimGHOSTS board member Lizzy Wooley, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Texas Simulation Technician Baylor Scott and White Hospital.

At the end of the year, I had a moment to look back the journey that got me to where I am now. Everyone says “You never know what the future holds or where life will take you” and I would say mine was quite an adventure. My journey with medical simulation began in Seoul, South Korea about 4 years ago. With a background of International business, I got my first full-time job at medical simulation company after graduating college. Just like many people who first started the simulation career, I had no idea what simulation is and how it worked. The company I worked for was a distributer for many simulation vendors from the United States, and I was able to get hands-on opportunities on many simulation solutions including A/V, high-fidelity, mid-low fidelity manikins, task trainers, etc. As I got more involved with work, I was more fascinated by this field. Especially visiting IMSH 2012 in San Diego, which opened my eyes about the future of simulation. I saw that simulation was a huge part of medical education in the United States, and then I’ve decided to start the new career where I could learn more.

 In mid 2013, I moved to Dallas, TX and took EMT class to build up some medical knowledge. After passing the EMT national license exam at the end of the year, I was lucky enough to get a simulation technician job at a well-known hospital in DFW area. With a great support of the simulation team, I was able to learn and experience new things everyday including the top-to-bottom operations of bioskills lab (aka. Cadaver lab).

It’s been exactly two years since I started my career as a simulation technician, and I’ve got more involved in simulation communities such as the SimGHOSTS (The Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists), the American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI), and recently had a great opportunity to work on the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs which our hospital finally got accredited for all five standards (Core, Assessment, Research, Teaching/Education, and Systems Integration). It was a very honorable moment since there were only 4 institutions in the world where have same level of accreditation, and we hold the only one position in Texas. During the preparation, I’ve learned what we need to have to build an efficient simulation center as well as what we could do better for the future.

Another part of my career is being a board member of SimGHOSTS which helped me tremendously to get involved with simulation technology and the International community. SimGHOSTS has been expanding the events to Australia, UK, and even UAE last year which opened the discussion panels to the all simulation technician, technologists, and specialists internationally. I am very happy to be a part of the group.

I like what I do and how it affects the patient safety whether it is directly or indirectly. I still have a long way to go to become a true simulation champion, but I won’t stop learning and catching all opportunities in the community. Many thanks to all people who work in the simulation field, either education side, or business side, and hope this new year will be another great year for the medical simulation industry.