SimGHOSTS 2017 USA 

Pre-Con Workshops: August 1st, 2017
Main Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017
Host: WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Location: 3000 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27610

SimGHOSTS worked with Simulation Champion Dr. Amar Patel to bring the 2017 USA event on August 1st-4th to the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh, North Carolina!

About the Center for Innovative Learning

WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning is designed to facilitate realistic multi-disciplinary clinical training and education using human patient simulators, educational gaming and other technologies. Funded by The Duke Endowment, the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning offers education for all levels of healthcare providers throughout the region, including:

  • WakeMed Health & Hospitals employees
  • Wake AHEC students
  • Capital Regional Advisory Committee members
  • Wake Technical Community College students
  • Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance (SAHA) affiliated hospitals

The Center for Innovative Learning features a nurses station, intensive care/trauma suite and a flexible patient care room that can be used for general medical or birthing. Each area is designed to mimic a typical inpatient unit and features the same technology, supplies, equipment and design found in units throughout a hospital. In the Center, healthcare providers administer treatment to human patient simulators that can bleed, cry, breathe and die.

The goal is to allow clinicians to practice their skills, learn from their mistakes and gain confidence. They also have the opportunity to keep their skills current for those high-risk procedures in which they need to maintain proficiency but rarely have the need to perform.

Based on the concept that "hindsight is 20/20" and that two thirds of the learning process occurs in reflection, the Center for Innovative Learning also features an extensive A/V system where every sound and action is recorded. Following a simulation experience, students and educators go immediately to the debriefing room to review the video and critique themselves.

The Center for Innovative Learning provides a unique training environment for healthcare providers and is unique in that it can also take simulation experiences outside the walls of the Center and into the hospital or field to create a realistic environment to meet the needs of the customer. Additionally, the Center offers training to providers across the healthcare continuum, including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and first responders alike.

About Longtime SimGHOSTS Supporter and Center Director Dr. Amar Patel

Amar Patel is the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Dr. Patel is responsible for integrating technology-based educational programs to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, hybrid education, and online learning applications. With over 20 years of experience in the fire and EMS services, disaster medicine, and critical care transport as a firefighter, a paramedic, a researcher, and an educator, Amar’s passion for improving quality and patient safety is seen in his work through process improvements and engagements across the organization.

Amar has served as an Advanced Life Support Program Instructor and the Project Manager of Medical Simulation for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role he was responsible for developing new curriculum, as well as integrating medical simulation into all of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Programs. He was the lead developer of simulation scenarios and technical simulation expert at the local and state level. Amar has taught numerous instructor courses, including ones offered on an international circuit.

Amar is currently involved in simulation-based research projects that focus on integration and implementation of simulation and how process changes affect the healthcare delivery model. He has contributed to numerous simulation articles and textbook chapters on education return on investment, administration, sustainability, just-in-time training, and simulation center design, and is an internationally recognized thought leader on simulation-based education and ROI.

Dr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in computer music from Goucher College, a Master's of Science in Emergency Health Services Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a doctorate in health sciences from Nova Southeastern University.

Learn more about the WakeMed Simulation Center here!

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS Events?

Anyone responsible for the technical operation of a medical simulation lab including full-time or part-time Sim Techs, or clinical educators tasked with operating the day-to-day of simulation spaces. As well, anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology should strongly consider attending as most major industry vendors are encouraged to attend.

Other meetings are better suited for clinical educators specifically looking to learn how to teach with medical simulation. 

*New Thought* Administrators of simulation programs should also consider sending their institution's AV and IT related staff members who are responsible for supporting the simulation program. In our most recent events, staff from AV and IT departments outside of the healthcare simulation program found immense benefit from participating in SimGHOSTS to better understand the needs of their institution's simulation program!

SimGHOSTS events provide hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Much much more!