Simulation Spotlight
Nov. 27, 2013

Doing what's best for the troops
The Hill
As written by Dr. Robert DeMuth, "Having grown up in a military family and served as an Army physician in Iraq, I've seen firsthand the importance of our service members' safety, both on and off the battlefield."More

Serious Games and Virtual Environment Arcade and Showcase
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Join us at the IMSH 2014 in San Francisco for the 4th annual Serious Games and Virtual Environment Arcade and Showcase. The Serious Games and Virtual Environments Arcade and Showcase provides an environment where users of virtual and game-based technology can collaborate and network with students, clinicians, educators, startups and small and large established companies.More

New service for IMSH poster presenters
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare

We have developed a poster design, printing and shipping service for your convenience as you prepare for presentation. To access this service, click here and log in using your email address.More

2014 board of directors announced
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare has announced the results of the election to the 2014 SSH board of directors.More

Food-borne illness outbreak simulated
Imperial Valley Press
Imperial County, Calif., health authorities simulated a food-borne emergency recently as part of a statewide medical health exercise. "The annual statewide medical and health exercise is always a great opportunity to test our emergency response system and see where there may be gaps and opportunities for improvement," said Cedric Cesena, emergency medical services agency manger.More

UEA researchers pioneer 1st patient-specific 3-D virtual birth simulator
University of East Anglia via HealthCanal.com
Computer scientists from the University of East Anglia are working to create a virtual birthing simulator that will help doctors and midwives prepare for unusual or dangerous births. The new program will take into account factors such as the shape of the mother's body and the positioning of the baby to provide patient-specific birth predictions.More

To treat cancer, is the force strong with nanorobots?
Nanowerk News
Every day, more than 20,000 people around the world succumb to cancer, according to statistics compiled by the World Health Organization. Thousands more continue to suffer through treatment and its side effects. Since the drugs used to kill cancer cells are just as toxic to neighboring healthy cells, researchers have long coveted a drug delivery method that targets cancer cells alone, while bypassing the healthy ones. More

New family physicians tend to settle close to training sites
AAFP
Although it's long been thought that family medicine residency program graduates settle close to their residency training sites, new research from the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care confirms that claim. According to a Graham Center one-pager published in the Nov. 15 issue of American Family Physician, researchers used 2009 data from the American Medical Association Physician Masterfile to determine that 56 percent of family medicine residency graduates practice within 100 miles of where they completed their residency training.More

Private website touted as interim alternative to HealthCare.gov
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Despite doubts from many, President Barack Obama remains confident that the technical glitches that overshadowed the launch of the federal health insurance exchange in October will be fixed by Nov. 30. Obama said while the site was getting better each week, supporters should remind their friends and family that HealthCare.gov isn't the only place consumers could enroll for insurance. He said enrollment could happen over the phone, in person and by mail. What Obama didn't mention was that there is also an alternative website where consumers could shop for plans. And it's gaining a lot of attention.More

Boot camp targets gap in radiation oncologist training
University of Western Ontario via Medical Xpress
For the patient with laryngeal cancer — a cancer of the voice box — radiation therapy can be a lifeline. Alternately, it could be the thing that takes the patient's voice before the disease takes their life. This is precisely why radiation oncologists need training when it comes to contouring, a practice that outlines areas doctors must target to treat cancer, as well as healthy areas they need to avoid exposing to high doses of radiation.More

EMS look at new techniques for shooting incidents
Montgomery News
As tragedies like the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting and the Newtown, Conn., school shooting become more prevalent, emergency service providers have begun to adapt and change the way care is given. In Willow Grove, Pa., Second Alarmers Rescue Squad Assistant Chief of Operations Ken Davidson said the definition of a safe area for active shooter events has become a "working definition," and EMS providers have recognized the need to move out of the safe zones and into areas they might not have gone five years ago.More