March Presidential Message > The Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Happy March! In my February column, I reviewed the seven priorities of your Board of Directors. In case you missed it, we will be working on these priorities over the next 24 months:

  1.  Strengthen our organizational infrastructure

  2.  Develop an advocacy agenda for healthcare simulation

  3.  Increase the depth and breadth of our educational offerings

  4.  Innovate about the future of IMSH

  5.  Advance simulation in healthcare globally

  6.  Continue to facilitate the publication of research

  7.  Extend the types of accreditations and certifications offered

This month, I’ll expand on priority four: the future of IMSH. SSH’s annual meeting has been a tremendous success and an asset to our members and non-members. Our annual attendance has grown year over year and the depth and breadth of offerings is impressive.  Members have contributed thousands of hours of workshops, seminars, research posters and presentations and the showcases and exhibit hall are highly attended events. Yet, your Board recognizes that the traditional model of a large annual meeting with the usual format may not be the best for the future. Our members have motivated us to think in an innovative way about how we conduct IMSH. As simulationists, innovation is what we do and we are up for the challenge.

Christine Park, MD, SSH past president, has formed a visioning task force to look at the future of IMSH. What should the format be? How should we deliver content? What about regional meetings? How do we engage our members in the content? What platform(s) should IMSH be delivered in? These and other questions will be asked as we move forward.

What can you do to contribute to this effort? Share your thoughts and ideas about IMSH with Andrea Burtnick at any time.

Your Board of Directors and I are proud of the work that you do for patient care.  We extend our warmest thanks to all of our volunteers and our exceptional SSH staff for their work.


I look forward to hearing from you about what you are doing and how you are solving challenges in simulation every day. Stay well and keep on simulating!


- Joseph Lopreiato

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