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Explore the Future of Healthcare Simulation 

Join the leaders in simulation research to focus on opportunities for synthesis with other technologies and visions of broader applications within the healthcare domain at the SSH 2017 Research Summit, held on the eve of IMSH, January 27-28.

The first Research Summit was convened in 2011. The goals of that Summit were to provide guidance for better simulation-related research, to broaden the scope of topics investigated, and to highlight the importance of quality research for the development of the field.  A key outcome from that meeting was that healthcare simulation is evolving and thus questions concerning “what can be done”  with simulation may be of less interest to SSH members than questions of “what should be done,” and “what could be done”.  

The 2017 Summit will continue moving the research agenda of our field forward by learning from healthcare simulation researchers who are advancing the state of the science and from simulation experts in industries other than healthcare.  Ten panels have been organized that consider how healthcare simulation can be expanded to address the present concerns of healthcare instructors and providers, better incorporate the experience of outside industries, and broaden the range of applications for which simulation can be used.  

Topics for discussion include:

  • Theoretical frameworks for research
  • The pursuit of validity
  • Synthesizing live, virtual, and constructive simulation

Improving healthcare safety and evaluating healthcare practices and technology

  • Patient outcomes and patient-centered applications 
  • Establishing collaborative networks; and
  • The next generation of simulation systems and delivery of healthcare


Meet the Research Summit Committee Members

 Committee Chair Mark W. Scerbo, Ph.D., is Professor of Human Factors Psychology at Old Dominion University and an Adjunct Professor of Health Professions at Eastern Virginia Medical School.




Dr. Aaron Calhoun, Associate Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the University of Louisville





Dr. John Paige, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery with appointments in Anesthesiology and Radiology at the LSU Health New Orleans (NO) School of Medicine (SOM).




Jill S. Sanko, PhD, MS, ARNP-BC, CHSE-A
University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies Assistant Professor
Academic and Research Director of Simulation
International Academy for Clinical Simulation and Research




Dr. John Sokolowski is the Executive Director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center and Associate Professor of Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering, both at Old Dominion University.




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