Simulation Champion Award May 2018



Congratulations to the SimGHOSTS Simulation Champion for May: Timothy Devine, Medical Simulation Specialist at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York.

Tim was nominated by a colleague who recognised that the expertise Tim has developed in his career as a health professional, simulation specialist and instructor makes Tim a valuable member of the NYIT Institute for Clinical Competence team.

Tim’s health career started as an EMT and then paramedic before moving into medical education and simulation.  In his role at NYIT, Tim’s responsibilities include conducting all mannequin based simulation programs at the Institute for Clinical Competence at the Old Westbury campus of the NY Institute of Technology.  He instructs in clinical skills such as EKG interpretation, defibrillation, interosseous cannulation and IV placement. Tim is also a certified instructor for the American Heart Association & is the Program Coordinator for all BLS and ACLS for the health professions students at NYIT.

It is Tim’s dedication to the 1200 students using the simulation facilities that has been noticed by his colleagues, and they aren’t the only ones who have noticed; many students have written grateful emails to the leadership team at NYIT acknowledging Tim’s contribution to their learning. Tim’s experience gained as a health professional is used to develop scenarios for medical, physician assistant and nursing students, as well as postgraduate medical residents and interns. Tim’s contribution to scenarios from his experiences, such as communication with law enforcement officers, first responders, and having family or bystanders interrupt learner attempts at patient care has equipped NYIT students for the challenges they may encounter on clinical rotations and in clinical practice. Tim will often stay late into the evening or come in on weekends to help students with their skills. On occasions, Tim has been able to identify students who are experiencing anxiety around participating in simulations and work with them to overcome their fears and successfully manage their anxiety.

Tim’s high personal standards mean that every simulation scenario is a quality learning experience, even if it is the thirtieth time he has run it that day. Not satisfied with the ‘voice of patient’ being provided for a manikin in a scenario, Tim tried several different methods using walkie talkies, baby monitors, mobile phones and iPads to get the most realistic solution for the learners. Tim arrives early and leaves late, always giving his best to ensure that the NYIT team and learners are well supported.

Tim’s work ethic and commitment to the simulation program at NYIT stems from his passion for saving lives and improving the quality and safety of healthcare. The SimGHOSTS team agree that Tim’s dedication exemplifies the performance of an outstanding healthcare simulation technology specialist and is a worthy recipient of the SimGHOSTS Simulation Champion Award.

Tim 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.