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IMSH 2014 now accepting Works in Progress and Innovative Idea Posters
DEADLINE: Monday, Sept. 30
11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time (GMT -5)
Late submissions will NOT be considered.

The 14th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2014) is inviting abstracts on novel, innovative projects that are IN PROGRESS to Works in Progress & Innovative Idea Posters. Abstracts previously submitted to IMSH 2014 and currently under review are ineligible. Accepted authors will receive suggestions, gather feedback, and have opportunity to network with members of the audience.

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Implementation of an interactive virtual-world simulation for structured surgeon assessment of clinical scenarios
Journal of the American College of Surgeons (login required)
A novel simulation technology has emerged through the use of online 3-D virtual worlds in which it is feasible to create virtual patients. This study establishes the face, content and construct validity of online 3-D virtual patients in Second Life (a 3-D virtual world accessible via the Internet).
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Disaster simulation puts Minnesota agencies to the test
Red Cross volunteers were ready to respond to the disaster, armed with cots, medical supplies, toiletries and a registration table. They wouldn't actually treat any survivors, however, because the "disaster" was a simulation, as the Minnesota National Guard held a training exercise at Camp Ripley, teaming up with state and local government agencies and other organizations.
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  Process solutions Using Healthcare Simulation

FlexSim Healthcare simulation software will help you solve problems in room scheduling, staff utilization, resource allocation and patient flows. FlexSim’s 3D animation will help others visualize your solutions and validate improvements. Let FlexSim Healthcare model and validate your process improvement ideas before you implement them. Problem Solved. Download a Free Trial today.

Have you taken advantage of the SSH Live Learning Center?
The SSH Live Learning Center (LLC) offers more than 50 on-demand, courses for SSH Members. These webinars from the SSH Webinar Series and IMSH 2013, range from 45-60 minutes in length and are fully accredited. Content is pre-recorded, and available for on-demand viewing whenever you have an Internet connection. SSH members receive two courses every year.
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The cognitive demands of standardized patients: Understanding limitations in attention and working memory with the decoding of nonverbal behavior
Simulation in Healthcare (login required)
This study was designed to look at the challenges of standardized patients while in role and to use the findings to enhance training methods. The study investigated the effect of improvisations and multiple-task performance on the ability of standardized patients to observe and evaluate another’s communication behaviors and its associated mental workload.
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  MammaCare Foundation

MammaCare is the recognized standard for performing and teaching proficient clinical and personal breast examination. MammaCare intoduced a revolutionary self-administered CBE Simulator–Trainer and online learning platform, CBE ONLINE, to produce and validate breast examination competencies. This technology will train students and clinicians at US colleges of nursing and medicine this year.

Letting the mannequin die: Can learning occur?
Boise State University
Course Overview: If the learner' actions, commission or omission, are lethal, the simulation faculty needs to decide whether to let the mannequin die or not. This is a philosophy decision that should have been predetermined by the simulation users. Deciding upon death, or not, may depend upon differences in current and ultimate responsibilities of different clinical learners! This session' faculty will challenge the audience to consider if and when faculty should let the simulator die.
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Review: Comparative research on training simulators in emergency medicine
Simulation in Healthcare (login required)
Recent reviews and research agenda in simulation-based training for healthcare have repeatedly called for more studies comparing the effectiveness of different simulation modalities and approaches. Although a small body of such comparative research does exist, it is apparent that this line of research comes with particular methodological challenges. In this review, 20 studies comparing simulation modalities in emergency medicine were analyzed in terms of key methodological factors. Results of this literature review show that past studies are largely underpowered to detect effects of the magnitude likely to be found, researchers seeking to demonstrate equivalence of training approaches do not use appropriate statistical tests of equivalence, and studies often use performance criterion test beds that may not support valid conclusions about trainees' future performance on the job.
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A vision for the future of healthcare
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
Everyone has his own opinion of the future of healthcare. Whether it's politically or financially motivated, some believe we're headed for a bureaucratic morass, while others believe healthcare in America can be fixed with the Affordable Care Act. I have my own opinion and solution to one of the biggest challenges of healthcare — cost. The following is but one vision for the future of healthcare.
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