May Presidential Message > The Society for Simulation in Healthcare

SSH members,

Your Board of Directors, committees, commissions, SIGs, and sections are hard at work.  I assure you none of them are sitting around playing cards!

Some highlights of the past few months include the successful Women in Leadership conference held in Dallas. We had over 50 women and men in attendance!  Thank you to Christine Park and the members of the planning committee, which included our valued partners, INACSL and ASPE.

In addition, here are additional highlights of just some of the work being accomplished by SSH committees, working groups, and programs:

Working toward an SSH Advocacy Agenda

The External Relations Committee is committed to an exciting goal this year – to develop and pursue an SSH advocacy agenda. 

As many of us have seen the recent news involving disparaging remarks about nursing, there is a great need for a grassroots advocacy program to help elected officials and governing bodies at all levels understand simulation’s role in healthcare and the immense benefits it provides.

Working with our members, advocates, affiliates, and partners, we endeavor to build a strong advocacy agenda for healthcare simulation.  

Code of Ethics continuing to expand its reach

The Healthcare Simulationist Code of Ethics was formulated by a global working group to support the quality and ethical practice of healthcare simulation around the world. Thank you to all the contributing authors who dedicated time and expertise to develop and produce the Code of Ethics.

As of now, 23 associations and four institutions have adopted the Code of Ethics. Additionally, it has been downloaded consistently as a resource from the website. A full list of contributing authors, as well as the associations and institutions that have adopted the code, can be found at

SSH Certification continuing to grow

We are excited to announce that there are currently over 2,030 individuals now certified as CHSE, CHSE-A, or CHSOS worldwide.

After a thorough international practice analysis, new exams for both CHSE and CHSOS were launched in January 2019. Thank you to the organizations and individuals involved who helped with the practice analysis that supported the development of the new examination blueprints. We had 45 subject-matter experts participate during meetings in Tampa, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam.

For more information about Certification products please visit

SSH Accreditation continuing worldwide expansion

SSH Accreditation is a peer-reviewed, customized evaluation of your healthcare simulation program.

This accreditation examines simulation program’s processes and outcomes in assessment, research, teaching/education, and systems integration. SSH Accreditation accredited its first healthcare simulation program in 2010 and now has over 144 accredited programs in 17 countries.

The Standards of Performance were developed with all programs in mind.  The Standards are not prescriptive but instead describe the desired outcomes and processes that are hallmarks of quality healthcare simulation. 


For information about how your program can become accredited please visit


SimOps 2019

If you haven’t already, mark your calendar for what we believe will be one of our most exciting SimOps conferences ever, July 17-19, at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.  This conference, focused on the needs of simulation operation specialists, offers attendees an opportunity to learn and network about the unique sim ops environment.

And, don’t forget, there are some really great pre-conference courses that will get things rolling right into the conference. You can still register at discounted early-bird prices until May 16. Register at and help make the event an awesome one!

IMSH 2020

Please save the date for IMSH 2020 in San Diego, California, USA, January 18-22. IMSH 2020 marks a major milestone as our 20th year of international meetings exclusively centered around simulation in healthcare and the health professions.

The Planning Committee for IMSH 2020 would like the 20th anniversary meeting to not only be a celebration of where we came from, but to also inspire our future, and where we are going.  While our visions for the future continues to evolve, the reason behind why we do what we do hasn’t. 

That reason is patients.  Patients have been and will continue to be the constant throughout this journey.  As we inspire the next generation of simulation professionals, we want to celebrate the accomplishments that have allowed us to get where we are.

We also want to ensure that as we progress, we keep patients at the core of our efforts.

Look for more information soon regarding this milestone event!

Call for Content for IMSH 2020 is open

Speaking on IMSH 2020, submissions are being accepted for course proposals, research abstracts, and SimVentors presentations. Submissions will close June 12, 2019. Please visit for more information about the different content areas and how to submit your proposal.

In June, KT will be representing the Society at the SESAM meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, along with President-elect Bob Armstrong, followed by ASPE, and INACSL. She will report on those activities next month. If you are attending any of those meetings, let her know!

Thank you all for your support of simulation and patient safety, and we look forward to seeing you at an SSH event soon!

KT Waxman, DNP, MBA, RN, CNL, CENP, CHSE, FAAN, FSSH, 2019-20 SSH President

Jennifer Manos, MBA, MSN, RN, SSH Executive Director

Kevin Helm, MBA, CAE, SSH Associate Executive Director

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