From the Int'l Pediatric Simulation Symposia & Workshop 2013: Pt. 2

April 1, 2021
April 1, 2021

By Lance Baily, founder and editor, 

Last month HealthStream sponsored’s attendance to the 5th annual IPSSW (International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop) in New York. 

In Part 2, we interview Lisa from HealthStream about the powerful uses of SimManager, learn how Dr. Wong’s puppets can help with pediatric education, and hear from Dr. Renuka Mehta about how to build and expand a medical school simulation program.

I then met with Lisa Kinakin, Healthcare Regional Account Manager at HealthStream, to learn why they chose to support Pediatric Healthcare at IPSSW as well as how SimManager can help programs track competencies and expand training through simulation. (A quick note of disclosure here that while HealthStream sponsored a portion IPSSW and this video production, that the IPSS organization does not specifically endorse HealthStream or any other particular simulation-based vendor).

Lance: One of the major topics here today at IPSSW 2013 has been blended learning, can you talk to us about how HealthStream can support that in healthcare education/training?

Lisa: Fortunately HealthStream has a continuum in the blended learning environment. We begin with our courseware, we move into a soft simulation using HeartCode, and then we move into scenarios using high-fidelity simulators. We really have the scope of blended learning at our fingertips which I think that's really important in this venue to be able to approach all of those.

Lance: Right. So another huge area covered here today has been about research in terms of implementing simulation to as a way to maintain competency not only in initial training such as residency type skills but also in hospital rotations, whether that be in-situ or just-in-time training to maintain most of that retention  Can you talk to us about how SimManager can be used as a platform to schedule and maintain this type of ongoing program and culture of simulation training?

Lisa: We feel strongly that competency is an ever-changing ever-flowing thing that you don’t just take a one time skills test and you’re done – but it is something that is actionable and that people need to constantly be taking a look at competency in term of an ongoing evolution over time and skill level. SimManager is a great platform in order to maintain those competencies; for example taking a look at your classes, making sure your curriculum is where it needs to be, using a schedule to building in simulation events and scheduling courses, downloading scenarios and allocating them to simulators – all of that is just part of the functionality of simmanager which is an excellent platform to use when evaluating competency.

SimManager capabilities include:

  • Ability to manage simulation rooms, equipment, instructors, and techs
  • Track, manage, and report
  • Schedule and assign simulation learning activities
  • Manage simulation content
  • Integrate simulation scenarios into learning curricula
  • Customize role management
  • Schedule reports for simulator utilization and activity
  • Upload and store simulator debriefing files
  • Capture activity on learner transcripts
  • Integrate with Laerdal simulators
  • Integrate with SimCenter product suite, including SimStore, SimDeveloper & SimView

Having the most fun throughout the event was Dr. Julielynn Wong, Medical Doctor and Puppeteer! I spent some time meeting her friends and learning about the opportunity to utilize puppets in pediatric events. Julielynn shared “I was trained as a public health and preventive medicine specialist and I elected to train in television puppeter under a Jim Henson protege named Michael Earl (who has won 4 emmys), because I wanted to apply tv-puppet techniques to have better capabilities in healthcare communication. I have worked with the SuperSpritz program, a nutrition educational program which utilizes “vegetable” puppets that have super powers to make it cool for kids to like vegetables. The goal was not just to give children knowledge but to inspire behavior-change too.” If you think about it, simulation manikins are just really expensive versions of puppets which also help to train knowledge, skills and behavior changes!

Lastly, I spoke with Dr. Renuka Mehta, Medical Director at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia’s Pediatric Simulation Center to hear some advice about increasing the use of simulation in a residency program and why she is so interested in SimManager.

Dr. Mehta suggested “First of all a person has to have passion to run simulation, and second of all you most show that simulation does help. I have done so many small and medium sized studies to show that simulation is really helpful and that’s why learners like it. Obviously there’s a shortage of money available, but there are great number of grants and philanthropic funds as well so eventually your budgets will work out. You may not start with a huge program, and while you do need money, you can start with small resources to slowly build up. And then, once all the employees like simulation, the students like simulation, the residents and faculty like simulation – then you can start using your program as an advertisement tool for future students. So sometimes you have to get started not from top-down but bottom-up as well. Our program is now featured in the paper and used as advertising for next year’s learners.

Looking at the SimManager product, I found that it will help me to build up my simulation program by maintaining the calendar, the competency of my employees and their trainees, the programs equipment, and overall, my time management.”

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