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As 2014 comes to a close, SSH would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of Simulation Spotlight, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.

NCSBN releases landmark simulation study
Sim One
From Aug. 20:Results have major implications for nursing education simulation-based training effectively prepares nursing graduates as they transition into the nursing workforce, according to the NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing) National Simulation Study.
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The medical mannequins 'brought to life' with emotions
From May 28: Medical mannequins can be a useful training aid but interacting with them can feel unnatural. But at Sheffield Hallam University augmented reality is now being used to 'turn' the mannequin into a real person. The app contains various scenarios, recorded by actors, to make the situation feel more realistic.
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CDC will offer more Ebola training to healthcare workers
The New York Times
From Oct. 15: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the agency would take new steps to help hospital workers protect themselves, providing more training and urging hospitals to run drills to practice dealing with potential Ebola patients. In response to the news that a health care worker in Dallas had contracted Ebola, a spokeswoman said the agency would also issue more specific instructions and explanations for putting on and removing protective equipment and would urge nurses and doctors to enlist a co-worker or "buddy" to watch them do so.
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On Being Present, Not Perfect | Elaine Meyer | TEDxLongwood
TEDx Talks via YouTube
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Elaine Meyer is on a mission to change the world one conversation at a time. In her intimate talk, Meyer draws on both professional and personal experience to illustrate the profound gaps in healthcare communication and how to close them.
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  Major Simulation Advance at IMSH
OtoSim Inc. will be unveiling OtoSim 2™, a breakthrough in otoscopic training and simulation at IMSH on January 11-13, 2015 in New Orleans (booth #906). An instrumented otoscope, left and right ear forms, vivid full-screen view and over 380 otoscopy images represent key improvements to the powerful capability proven by the original OtoSim™ platform. Visit us at IMSH for a demonstration—register now.

Some medical schools shaving off a year of training
Kaiser Health News
From Jan. 15: The chance to finish medical school early is attracting increased attention from students burdened with six-figure education loans: The median debt for medical school graduates in 2013 was $175,000, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. This year, the combined cost of tuition and fees for a first-year medical student ranges from just over $12,000 to more than $82,000. Some medical school administrators and policymakers see three-year programs as a way to produce physicians, particularly primary care doctors, faster as the new healthcare law funnels millions of previously uninsured patients into the medical system. Enormous student loans are cited as one reason some newly minted doctors choose lucrative specialties such as radiology or dermatology, which pay twice as much as pediatrics or family medicine.
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Ebola in the US: Are hospitals and healthcare workers prepared?
CBS News
From Oct. 8: U.S. hospitals and healthcare workers receive emergency response training for a variety of scenarios — from natural disasters to terrorism to handing an influx of patients with infectious diseases such as Ebola. But as details have unfolded about the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the deadly virus, many say the staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas were unprepared to handle the patient — and that this is likely the case at hospitals throughout the country.
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Doctor turns to 3-D printers in a race to save a toddler's mind
The Verge
From Sept. 10: Erin Mandeville was at a CVS buying medicine for her 5-month-old baby, Gabriel, last summer. Close to 4 p.m., she noticed her infant's eyes roll back in quick succession. It was the first of Gabriel's many episodes of infantile spasms that would follow. While Gabriel suffered from terrible seizures, known as mind erasers, doctors used a 3-D printed brain to pioneer a medical breakthrough and give him a normal life.
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Reinventing the simulation center OR
Healthcare Design
From May 21: When Cedars-Sinai Medical Center partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense on a simulation center to address trauma care workflow and procedures, they didn’t just think outside the box — they replaced it. "If you really want to simulate, you shouldn’t start with a predetermined box," says Carlos Amato, principal/western region healthcare market leader, architecture, for CannonDesign. Instead, the team replaced traditional walls and ceilings with movable parts and pieces that can flex and adapt to various needs, under both civilian and military settings.
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Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs: A comprehensive book for healthcare professionals
Society for Simulation in Healthcare via News-Medical.Net
From Dec. 3: Healthcare educators and practitioners seeking guidelines, best practices and recommendations for creating and managing cost-effective, researched-based simulation education and training programs now have a world-class road map in the new textbook Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs. The timely compendium— created and published by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in support of its mission to encourage excellence in healthcare education, practice and research through the use of simulation — features the contributions of nearly 140 expert clinicians and educators.
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Software development firm to open $1 million simulation center
Philadelphia Business Journal
From Aug. 27: Software development firm Education Management Solutions is building a 5,000-square-foot simulation center at its headquarters in Exton, Pennsylvania. The clinical training facility will mainly cater to educational institutions and hospitals within a 50- to 60-mile radius that can't afford their own simulation equipment.
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    The role of simulation in the reduction of medical errors (By Joan Spitrey)
Study: Care experience does not make students better nurses (Medical News Today)
Simulation is the real thing for Air Force training (Federal Times)
Ebola outbreak: How safe do US healthcare professionals feel? (Decoded Science)
Simulation, training industry executives optimistic about future (National Defense)

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