Simulation Champion Award April 2018


Congratulations to the SimGHOSTS Simulation Champion for April: James Orr, Simulation Specialist at UTHSC Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation in Memphis, Tennessee.


James was nominated by a colleague who believes that James’ performance deserves recognition as in the short time he has worked with the UTHSC simulation team he has consistently performed above expectations to ensure the quality of simulation education delivered at the center.


James is a retired EMS professional who transitioned into simulation. His simulation experience was limited when joining the UTHSC team so James enthusiastically learned as much as he could from colleagues. He reciprocated by using his clinical expertise to help increase the fidelity of simulations and supporting his fellow team members to learn more about the clinical aspect of simulation operations. James has also contributed to workplace culture and team performance. In busy simulation centers there is always work to be done and important tasks like professional development, innovation and special projects are often postponed to “when we are less busy”. James proposed that each team member have a dedicated time allocation each week for professional development and work on special projects. His suggestion was implemented and the benefits were realized very quickly.


As James learned more about simulation he was able to identify other ways that he could contribute to the outcomes of the center. He contributed to the development of a neonatal exchange transfusion trainer for a local neonatologist to use in simulations with Residents and was part of the team who presented the low-cost manikin at IMSH 2018 and to the Tennessee Simulation Alliance. As a former emergency flight medic, James has been instrumental in working with a local emergency flight provider to incorporate simulation into their annual training program. James and the UTHSC team work with the emergency flight provider to deliver simulation experiences.


James’ commitment to simulation and to the team at UTHSC is such that he drives 90 miles each way to the UTHSC campus. His attitude and work ethic have quickly established him as a highly valued team member who inspires his colleagues to strive for their best when planning and delivering quality simulations. As quoted by a colleague, “no one makes better use of their 8-hour days than James”.


The SimGHOSTS team agree that James is exactly the type of person that we would all love to have working in our simulation programs as his performance exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding healthcare simulation technology specialist.

James will receive an Award Certificate and a 3 month SimGHOSTS subscription for his nomination. Each July, voting for the Simulation Champion Trophy is opened featuring the monthly award winners from the previous 12 months. The winner is announced at our USA event in August and receives a trophy and a free registration to a SimGHOSTS event of their choice the following year. If you would like to nominate a Simulation Champion, please fill out the nomination form here.