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UNCsim had another strong presence at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) this weekend in Los Angeles.

Medical students Mr. O’Gorman and Mr. Cutshaw presented on their Simulation Lab Integrated Curriculum Experience (SLICE) student driven skills sessions. The SLICE program has allowed the students to “augment lecture-based classroom learning with low-pressure, high-fidelity simulations that increase perceived competence and confidence before entering clinical rotations.”(1).

Dr Carol Durham presented with Dr Sharon Decker of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Dr Jill Sanko of University of Miami Healthcare on “Training Teams in Systems Thinking using Friday Night at the ER”. This is a remarkable gasification of applied systems thinking.

Additionally, Dr Durham was involved in work with Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare (GNSH) to continue developing a toolkit for changing the conversation around simulation. There are resources available to assist in understanding decision makers and also to discuss ROI (return on investment). The GNSH is soliciting feedback about the toolkit and also seeking cases where simulation has made a difference in practice and/or education. There are ~ 10 cases available at this time. You can view these cases here.

The interprofessional team of Ms Michele Kimmel with Drs Carol Durham, Ashley Kellish, Benny Joyner, and Kim Blasius presented a workshop based on their work rolling out new procedures and methods at NC Children’s Hospital. The workshop entitled, “Change Practice, Develop Policies and Be Successful in your Institution” helped teams realize the increased return on investment a health system can see from developing, evaluating, and implementing new policies and procedures with simulation methodology.

1. O’Gorman T, Cutshaw D, Swiman A, Hobbs GW, Joyner BJ Jr, Gilliland K, Shea P. Simulation Lab Integrated Curriculum Experience (SLICE): A Basic Clinical Skills Simulation Experience for Medical Students. 18th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare. January 2018.

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