Laerdal continued to expand their support of SimGHOSTS by sponsoring the 2013 Keynote Address by simulation thought-leader Timothy Clapper, PhD.





With a background in education and technology, Timothy presented "TeamSTEPPS: Empowering Simulation Technology Specialists" to provide SimGHOSTS with new communication tools to utilize with their programs. Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) is a powerful, evidenced-based teamwork and communication tool that can make a difference for Sim Lab operations. Timothy provided an overview of TeamSTEPPS, followed by engaging, audience-participatory, team-based clinical demonstrations, which will generate the buy-in and confidence needed to begin the TeamSTEPPS curriculum integration process.

Click here to view the Laerdal Sponsored SimGHOSTS 2013 Keynote Address hosted on the San Antonio College website here.


After Timothy's presentation, SimGHOSTS 2013 attendees heard from three individuals who wish to be considered for The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Presidential race. Those who have previously attended a SimGHOSTS event will be also be allowed to vote for this first community-elected position. Finally, SimGHOSTS Founder and ongoing Executive Director Lance Baily demonstrated a new project that has been called Industry Game Changing¯ by those at the event!

The session began with an update from newly appointed non-profit SimGHOSTS Organization Event Team Chair Ryan Eling with some key survey data from our emerging technical and professional community. Next, Keynote Speaker Dr. Timothy Clapper PhD (in Education), shared how to empower simulation technicians in their healthcare-based programs by using TEAMSTEPPS communication methods. Timothy covered numerous examples why brain-based learning requires healthcare educators to teach more by doing, and why team-based communication practices are necessary to move healthcare into the 21st century. Dr. Clapper explained how these same communication methods can empower simulation technicians to debrief staff teams within simulation learning environments. This presentation has been seen by technicians within our community and remarked as ground breaking and powerful!

About the Keynote Speaker




Timothy Clapper, PhD, is an Education and Simulation Consultant. Following a 20-year career in the US Army, Dr. Clapper taught leadership and academic success courses in both affluent and socioeconomically disadvantaged inner-city high schools. As an Education Consultant, he assisted thousands of teachers with integrating technology and differentiating instruction to the needs of their learners. As Director of Education at the Institute of Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning (iMSAL) in New York City, and Assistant Dean for Simulation and Technology at the University of Texas-Arlington, he developed and facilitated simulation-based instruction for thousands of physicians and nurses. As a Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) Master Trainer, he has improved the teamwork skills and clinical practice of interprofessional teams at numerous healthcare facilities. In addition, Health and Hospitals Corporation, the largest public hospital system in the U.S. with oversight of the 11 public hospitals in New York City, saw a significant reduction in clinical errors following his team-based and skill-based courses. The team-based courses that he developed for clinical teams were recognized by the Joint Commission as "best practices".¯ Using his unique brand of Brain-Based Learning (BBL), Dr. Clapper trained hundreds of clinical educators with moving off the teacher-centered platform to become better simulation debriefers and facilitators of learning. Dr. Clapper has authored more than 25 academic publications in advanced learning theory, retention and transfer of learning, clinical simulation, and improvement in clinical practice and teamwork.

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More about the Keynote Presentation

Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS®) is a powerful, evidenced-based teamwork and communication tool that can make a difference for patient safety. As many in the simulation community look to move beyond Kirkpatrick's first two levels of educational assessment, the presenter, in the roles of Simulation Technology Specialist, Director of Education, Dean and Consultant, has used TeamSTEPPS to change the culture and practice of entire departments at more than 11 inner-city healthcare facilities. The Joint Commission is looking for evidence of a TeamSTEPPS improvement process with each hospital accreditation visit. Simulation technology specialists are the backbone of any simulation program and need to be empowered to lead and support a TeamSTEPPS initiative in their own simulation environment. The presenter will provide an overview of TeamSTEPPS, followed by engaging, audience-participatory, team-based clinical demonstrations, which will generate the buy-in and confidence needed to begin the TeamSTEPPS curriculum integration process.