SimOps 2018

Important Info

In this section:




$425 - SSH Member  
$550 - Non-member, includes 1 year SSH Membership 
$295 - Pre-conference offering: CHSE & CHSOS Certification Blueprint Review Course

Included Meals

Friday, July 27: Breakfast, Lunch and Reception
Saturday, July 28: Breakfast and Lunch

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Headquarters Hotel: Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront Hotel
Special Rate: $218 per night*

Book Your Room*

*To receive the special rate, please use the provided link.



Oregon Health & Science University

OHSU’S Robertson Life  Science  Building

2730 S.W. Moody Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
OHSU Mailcode: CL4SC 
Maps and Directions
OHSU Simulation
Parking $10 per day

Transit Map

For a detailed transit map from the headquarters hotel to SimOps, please download the PDF below. 

Transit Map PDF  

Exhibit Hall 


Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront Hotel


Thursday - July 26, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Grand Opening Exhibitor Reception (cash bar)

Friday - July 27, 2018
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Breakfast with Exhibitors and Spectrum of Ideas set up
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Reception with Exhibitors (cash bar)
Saturday - July 28, 2018
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Breakfast with Exhibitors and Spectrum of Ideas set up

SimOps 2019 - Date & Location


July 17-19, 2019
Eastern Virginia Medical School | Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning
Norfolk, VA


SimOps 2018 – Level Up: Invent Your Success

SimOps is the largest regional hands-on healthcare simulation training and education event for operations and technical professionals. The conference attracts 200+ professionals to participate in workshops, hand-on sessions, leadership discussions and networking events.

This year’s theme, Level Up: Invent Your Success, provides the framework for this year’s content.  We will provide novice and expert courses that will help inform our work in simulation operations, open the door to new technologies and enhance the professional development of the simulation operations specialist. Course content categories include:

  • Technical Operations include: scenario development and programming, equipment repair & maintenance, course set-up, AV/IT solutions, in-situ simulation, mobile operations, confederate/acting tips, medical terminology, vitals basics, simulation operations 101
  • Administrative Operations include: development of simulation staff roles, responsibilities and job descriptions, ROI, how to gain buy-in of your simulation center, data analytics, learner usage, manikin and equipment usage, inventory and equipment tracking, hiring, training and evaluation of sim center staff, facility maintenance
  • Professional Development include: simulation certifications and accreditation, simulation-based training and fellowships, career development, professional advancement, communication techniques and critical conversations, conflict resolution, interprofessional training, standardized training for simulation educators and facilitators, internal and external collaboration, community outreach
  • Educational Technologies include: novel moulage, improvisation techniques, DIY solutions, low cost solutions, simulation technologies including 3D and virtual reality, novel content delivery methods, online and distance learning, flipped classroom and other innovative delivery formats 

Plenary Speakers

Opening Plenary Session

The Impact of Professional Development at NASA

SPEAKER: Mark Sonada, Chief, Operations Division, NASA 


Closing Plenary Session
Invent Your Career Success

SPEAKERS: Scott Atkinson, CCEMT-P, BA, Assistant Director, L3 Healthcare; Maeve Geary, Special Effects & Medical Simulation, PhD Candidate & Consultant; Jamie Stiner, CHSOS, Simulation Operations Specialist for the High Reliability Team (HR Team) for University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) 

Pre-conference Courses

Offered July 26th, 2018 - 1:00 - 5:00 PM PST 

Silicone Casting, Molding, and other Tissue Mimicking Materials 

Silicone skin and task trainer parts can be costly for simulation centers. In this workshop participants will get hands-on experience creating silicone sim skin and a complete two-part mold in a way that doesn’t require expensive equipment or a fume hood. This course also covers basic terminology, an overview of the silicone products available and their suggested applications.
Faculty: John Fell, Teresa Roman-Micek


Diagnose and Repair Your Manikin: The Sim Show Must Go On!

This course addresses maintenance and repairs for Laerdal adult, pediatric and infant manikins through a hands-on immersive experience. Participants will gain an understanding of how a manikin works and what tools are necessary to perform repairs and replace parts. They will be introduced to available resources for technical service, use of adhesives and proper cleaning techniques to extend the life and use of the equipment.
Faculty: Hans Lamkin, Adam Dodson

Pre-conference courses are an additional $295. 

Onsite Certification Blueprint Review Courses

Offered July 26th, 2018

8:00 AM- 5:00 PM PST


Gain the confidence and knowledge you need to develop your personal action plan for study by attending one of SSH's Certification Blueprint Review Courses, now being offered online. Led by experienced simulation experts, these courses provide essential information to help you as you pursue certification. Attendees are encouraged to have a working knowledge of simulation education with at least 12 months of experience working in the field of simulation.  Registration is only $295 and includes study resources!

Join us and:
  1. Learn the components of the certification process. This interactive course introduction will focus on exam prerequisites, the application process and the study resources.
  2. Identify your exam content strengths and weaknesses. The CHSE or CHSOS exam blueprint will be the basis for discussion.
  3. Develop your personal action plan. Instructors will help you create a step-by-step action plan that includes a timeline, study tools and resources, key dates and more

SimOps 2018 Planning Committee

SimOps 2018 Planning Committee (L to R): Ryne M. Ackard MS, CHSE, CHSOS, Director, Mary Morton Parsons Clinical Simulation Learning Center, School of Nursing, University of Virginia; Melissa Lowther, AS, CHSOS, Simulation Operations Specialist, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine; Sean Cavanaugh, CHSOS, Associate Director, NYU Winthrop Simulation Center 


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