SimGHOSTS Simulation Champion Award Winner for November


The SimGHOSTS Simulation Champion Award nomination for November 2018 has been awarded to Bryan Cotton, Simulation Specialist at Texas Health Resources.

Bryan was nominated by a colleague who describes him as the ambassador of their simulation center. When reviewing and researching Bryan’s nomination there were two traits that really stood out to the judges - Bryan’s creativity and his altruism.

Bryan is a highly dedicated simulation specialist who uses his creativity, technical ability and network of contacts to create realistic training solutions for EMS, nursing and medical simulation participants. A major driver behind Bryan’s work is improvement in patient care through quality simulation-based education. His attention to detail means that he is able to identify potential for improvement and works to create a solution. He has been able to provide solutions for a range of procedures including toenail removal, peritonsilar abscess and neonatal needle cricothyroidotomy. As is often the case with inventors, Bryan routinely spends his own time researching, testing and creating new models and equipment to support the learners in his program. His expertise and flexible approach are highly regarded by his colleagues who have come to rely on him to manage implementation of new projects. Regardless of the discipline(s) involved, colleagues see Bryan as the person who can make the simulation they envision a reality.

Resourcefulness is another of Bryan’s strengths. He has created a network throughout the health system to acquire expired supplies for the benefit of the center and more importantly, to keep costs at a minimum.  Bryan led a project for the replacement of his center’s AV solution. He researched the vendors, navigated the lengthy institutional review process, acquired the new vendor and organized the appropriate internal and external resources to complete the project. By utilizing supplies already at the center, Bryan devised a simple yet ingenious branched ECG adaptor lead that allows an ECG trace to be viewed on more than one screen.

As a founding member of the Simulation Professionals of Texas (SPOT), Bryan volunteers his time to support the healthcare simulation technology profession. He is also active sharing his knowledge and expertise in online forums, conference presentations and with colleagues. Bryan mentors aspiring medical students and current medical scribes in simulation activities to develop them as simulation center volunteers. Several former volunteers are currently in medical school and Bryan has inspired them to participate in simulation education later in their careers.

The SimGHOSTS team were also impressed with Bryan’s dedication to supporting not only the Texas Health Resources simulation program, but also to the wider professional community and agree that his performance exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding healthcare simulation technology specialist.

Bryan 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.