Simulation Spotlight
Oct. 1, 2014

Simulation's 50 percent solution to nursing educators' quandary
In a city like Baltimore, part of a major medical region, competition for clinical placements makes finding open slots for nursing students a constant challenge. So a study showing that up to half of those clinical hours can be replaced in a high-quality simulation lab with no drop-off in learning is welcome news for the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing as well as nursing schools across the nation.More

The surge in US healthcare jobs: Looking ahead to 2022
Dorothy L. Tengler
On Monday, Oct. 6, 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 800 points, closing below 10,000 for the first time since 2004. America was in recession. Since then, the nation's labor market has at least partially recovered. So far in 2014, the United States has added nearly 1.6 million jobs. And through 2022, employment is expected to grow by more than 15 million jobs, or by 11 percent.More

How a patient safety expert says Washington medical residents can change the face of healthcare
Washington Business Journal
The plane crash analogy always comes up when patient safety advocates try to drum up more urgency behind the sheer number of medical errors that happen each year. The number of deaths from medical errors would be as if at least one 747 plane crashed every day, they say. "By about day three, we would shut down the airports and say, 'What's going on?'" says Paul Levy, a patient advocate and former president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.More

Report: New tool assesses skill development in robotic microsurgery
Wolters Kluwer Health via Medical Xpress
A new standardized assessment provides a useful tool for tracking surgeons' progress as they develop the skills needed to perform robot-assisted microsurgery, reports a study in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The Structured Assessment of Robotic Microsurgical Skills is the first validated instrument for assessing robotic microsurgical skills," according to the report by ASPS member surgeon Dr. Jesse C. Selber of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.More

Patient simulators aid skill development
AirMed & Rescue
Every medical professional at REVA Air Ambulance recently received additional medical training through the use of human patient simulators, after which the company said: "Utilizing this innovative technology prepares our employees to more effectively respond to emergency situations." Totaling over 200 medical professionals, they train with lifesize human patient simulators that mimic life-threatening conditions and endure invasive procedures without a whimper. More

Computer simulations help doctors learn to diagnose patients
San Francisco Chronicle
Ariela Hernandez, a middle-aged woman, visited the doctor's office, light-headed and coughing. She blinked and her chest rose and fell as she breathed. But Hernandez wasn't a real patient — just a simulation on a computer screen, created by a medical professional to help train doctors-to-be to diagnose patients.More

Medical students prepare for their careers with mannequins and actors
South Jersey Times
Students at the New Jersey Medical School of Rutgers not only learn from books, but participate in hands-on training with standardized patients and mannequins at the Clinical Skills Center in Newark. A standardized patient is a person who has been carefully coached to simulate an actual medical patient and are used in various ways in medical education.More

Become a contributing writer
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Simulation Spotlight, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SSH, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More