Simulation Spotlight
Jan. 3, 2014

Texas' first accredited simulation center
Dennis and new co-host Noemi Rojas talk with Dr. Hoi Ho, Associate Academic Dean for Faculty Affairs & Develpment, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine; and Claudia Cortez, rehabilitation counselor at TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. They talk about the Advanced Teaching & Assessment in Clinical Simulation, the only accredited Center in Texas by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.More

Free Webinar: Navigating IMSH
Join the IMSH Planning Committee, Connie Lopez, Tom Dongilli and Augusto Scalabrini-Neto on a free webinar designed to help you make the most of IMSH 2014. Whether you are new to IMSH or a veteran attendee this webinar is for you. Learn about the courses, special events and how to best navigate the worlds largest gathering of healthcare simulation professionals.More

Training session turns real: UVA medical student saves man's life
Augusta Free Press
For years, retirees Jim and Louise Malloy have enacted a wide range of physical maladies in their role as "standardized" patients at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Standardized patients help to prepare medical students for their future interactions with patients in hospitals and clinics. For Jim, his role as a standardized patient recently proved lifesaving. In March, Jim was assigned to play a patient with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), a condition in which a small section of the lower aorta begins to balloon. Common in men between 65 and 75 years old, such aneurysms can easily go undetected and can be fatal if they burst.More

Health app certification program halted
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Happtique launched as a place physicians could go to find trusted apps, vetted for their credibility, privacy and security standards, that could be "prescribed" to patients. But just days after the first class of certified mobile apps was announced, the certification program was halted when an outside app developer and blogger found it to be significantly flawed, raising concerns about the thoroughness of the vetting and certification process.More

How high-tech simulations ready med students for real-life situations
The Globe and Mail
Patients have enough to fret about before an operation or a tricky procedure without worrying if their doctor honed his hand-eye coordination playing video games. The good news is that teaching hospitals have ultra-expensive and high-tech simulation centers where medical students can practice their suturing and cutting skills on robots instead of people.More

Healthcare changes to watch for in 2014
USA Today
Starting Jan. 1, the Affordable Care Act was in full force, as millions of uninsured Americans either now have health coverage or will get it this year. But experts say that's just one of many changes to watch for in 2014, including how the law will affect elections, what the states will decide about Medicaid expansion, and what insurers will do to react to their quickly changing demographics.More

Medical students discuss 'red flags' about the future of healthcare
The Huffington Post
David Freudberg writes, "In the din of polemics and punditry about healthcare reform, we have not heard much from one vitally important voice: that of young people now attending medical school, to whom we will entrust the future of healthcare. Students who get into medical school are often regarded as academia's cream of the crop. And those I met are bright enough to realize that our health system is ailing in ways that go beyond the remedies prescribed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which took effect New Year's Day."More

Unprecedented, atom-scale simulation of G protein-coupled receptor site's transformation
Roughly 40 percent of all medications act on cells' G protein-coupled receptors. One of these receptors, beta 2 adrenergic receptor site, naturally transforms between two base configurations; knowing the precise location of each of approximately 4,000 atoms is crucial for ensuring a snug fit between it and the drug.More