Introduction of a Simulation Consortium Blog Site

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harveyWelcome to the first post of a new Simulation blog site!

We look forward to building a learning community of interested readers and contributors on the topic of developing consortiums for effective health care simulation centers. We have seen that simulation pedagogy, while a relatively new area of health care education, is taking hold across the country and the globe. Health care educators and administrators are anxious to pursue the diffusion of this new innovation to improve the quality and safety of health care for patients.

Our goal is to publish at least two posts per week covering a variety of topics on simulation methodology, strategic planning, and implementation of simulation programs. We invite you to make comments and share your own thoughts and practices.

We will also regularly welcome posts from other contributors as new topics emerge and resource experts are identified through the dialogue that we envision occurring through your input.
Recent posts and most popular posts will be archived and made available for reading at any time.
Our role is to help facilitate ongoing discussions and provide a forum where the learning community can explore areas of interest, share their knowledge and expertise and apply effective practices in their simulation programs.

Some of the future topics to be covered in upcoming posts include:

  • The benefits of building a consortium
  • Sharing vision, mission, and values
  • Leadership governance structure and stewardship
  • Developing successful strategies for implementation
  • Establishing goals and meaningful outcomes
  • Planning for professional development
  • Sustaining simulation programs
  • Simulation design, practices, and evaluation
  • We look forward to your participation with us as we collectively seek to promote and improve our understanding of simulation education practices!

Posted by Pam Jeffries and Jim Battin

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20 Comments

  1. Susan Ramnarine-Singh on

    I love your new Blog site. I am trying to help integrate the use of simulation as a teaching strategy here at Central Texas College.

  2. Susan Ramnarine-Singh on

    I love your new Blog site. I am trying to help integrate the use of simulation as a teaching strategy here at Central Texas College.

  3. susan singh on

    I am looking forward to learning more of how to use simulation as a teaching strategy.

    Susan

  4. susan singh on

    I am looking forward to learning more of how to use simulation as a teaching strategy.

    Susan

  5. Thanks for your comment Susan. We are in a start up mode and will have more postings very soon.

  6. Thanks for your comment Susan. We are in a start up mode and will have more postings very soon.

  7. Pam Jeffries on

    Hi everyone,
    Welcome to our new blog site; I see the postings from Central Texas and others. What information would be helpful as you begin to use simulation as a new teaching strategy? We want to discuss healthcare educators’ needs in the blog and create a community of professionals dialoguing with each other was we embark on this important, exciting topic.

    Building a consortium in your area around simulations can be a challenge but is so important to do, especially with interprofessional education (IPE) being at the forefront of higher education. Please post your comments on how you have helped to facilitate partnerships within your organizations and tips on developing the consortiums that have worked for you. We look forward to hearing more. Thanks.
    Pam

  8. Pam Jeffries on

    Hi everyone,
    Welcome to our new blog site; I see the postings from Central Texas and others. What information would be helpful as you begin to use simulation as a new teaching strategy? We want to discuss healthcare educators’ needs in the blog and create a community of professionals dialoguing with each other was we embark on this important, exciting topic.

    Building a consortium in your area around simulations can be a challenge but is so important to do, especially with interprofessional education (IPE) being at the forefront of higher education. Please post your comments on how you have helped to facilitate partnerships within your organizations and tips on developing the consortiums that have worked for you. We look forward to hearing more. Thanks.
    Pam

  9. Dr. Jeffries,

    I am interested in faculty professional development with the use of simulation and integrating simulation into the curriculum. Our simulation center is still in the growing stages and I want to be able to help move toward student centered learning strategies. I attended a workshop consortium at Blinn college in Bryan College Station and am planning a workshop for our faculty to become more engaged with the use of simulation which I hope will benefit our students in the long run.

    Susan

  10. Dr. Jeffries,

    I am interested in faculty professional development with the use of simulation and integrating simulation into the curriculum. Our simulation center is still in the growing stages and I want to be able to help move toward student centered learning strategies. I attended a workshop consortium at Blinn college in Bryan College Station and am planning a workshop for our faculty to become more engaged with the use of simulation which I hope will benefit our students in the long run.

    Susan

  11. Pam Jeffries on

    Susan,
    Hi! Faculty Development in simulations is very important; I greatly support a faculty development program, orientation, and then follow-up to ensure clinical simulations are being implemented in a quality manner to obtain the outcomes we desire. Please let me know how your workshop for faculty goes; what activities worked and didn’t work. I, too, have a faculty development plan I can share, if desired. What about the others…what is your faculty development plan?
    Best,
    Pam

  12. Pam Jeffries on

    Susan,
    Hi! Faculty Development in simulations is very important; I greatly support a faculty development program, orientation, and then follow-up to ensure clinical simulations are being implemented in a quality manner to obtain the outcomes we desire. Please let me know how your workshop for faculty goes; what activities worked and didn’t work. I, too, have a faculty development plan I can share, if desired. What about the others…what is your faculty development plan?
    Best,
    Pam

  13. Karen Werskey on

    Pam and Jim,

    Thank you for the invite to this blog! You both have been such a vital part of our consortium and I’m excited to still keep in touch.

    Our group is currently focusing on on boarding more of our non-clinical areas into our sim labs. We have created a small research taskforce as well. We are meeting with as many of the senior management level individuals later in June to update them as well. We are wanting to continue using our labs clinically; however, we are embracing the non-clinical side as well through creating sims around HCAHPS scores.

    Our lab is getting more busy all the time. I am really noticing that several of our physicians are coming along side me to build sims too (e.g., ED and Anesthesia). I’m loving the challenge for sure. My current task is trying to align our lab with certification criteria. I will have to let you know how that process comes along!

    Looking forward to this blog!

    Karen

  14. Karen Werskey on

    Pam and Jim,

    Thank you for the invite to this blog! You both have been such a vital part of our consortium and I’m excited to still keep in touch.

    Our group is currently focusing on on boarding more of our non-clinical areas into our sim labs. We have created a small research taskforce as well. We are meeting with as many of the senior management level individuals later in June to update them as well. We are wanting to continue using our labs clinically; however, we are embracing the non-clinical side as well through creating sims around HCAHPS scores.

    Our lab is getting more busy all the time. I am really noticing that several of our physicians are coming along side me to build sims too (e.g., ED and Anesthesia). I’m loving the challenge for sure. My current task is trying to align our lab with certification criteria. I will have to let you know how that process comes along!

    Looking forward to this blog!

    Karen

  15. Dr. Jeffries,

    I would really appreciate your faculty development plan. It will help me see if I am missing anything during planning stages.

    Thank you,
    Susan

  16. Dr. Jeffries,

    I would really appreciate your faculty development plan. It will help me see if I am missing anything during planning stages.

    Thank you,
    Susan

  17. Good to hear from you Karen! It sounds like the applications of simulation continues to grow. As we all discussed early on, having physician support is a real plus. Connecting to HCAHPS scores will help solidly and integrate the role of simulation in key result areas and general process improvement work.

    Simulation management in and of itself will become a future core competency.

  18. Good to hear from you Karen! It sounds like the applications of simulation continues to grow. As we all discussed early on, having physician support is a real plus. Connecting to HCAHPS scores will help solidly and integrate the role of simulation in key result areas and general process improvement work.

    Simulation management in and of itself will become a future core competency.

  19. Pam Jeffries on

    Hi Karen,
    Thanks for responding to the blog; great to hear from you and enjoyed hearing about the progress of the EcO15 work. Keep up the great work and keep us posted.

    Best regards,
    Pam

  20. Pam Jeffries on

    Hi Karen,
    Thanks for responding to the blog; great to hear from you and enjoyed hearing about the progress of the EcO15 work. Keep up the great work and keep us posted.

    Best regards,
    Pam

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