July Presidential Message > The Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Happy summer, SSH members!

I hope everyone is having a great summer and gearing up for Healthcare Simulation Week, Sept. 16-20. It is shaping up to be a fantastic event full of ways for SSH members and the healthcare simulation industry at large to celebrate all that we do!

As part of that, make sure that you submit your video in “The Benefit of Healthcare Simulation” video contest (see the full Healthcare Simulation Week media toolkit or check your email from SSH for more information). We will have Facebook live chats each day that week, of course, and we will be sure to remind you to tweet and post your activities on LinkedIn so we can better track all of the activity.

Going on currently at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, in Norfolk, Va., is what I believe will turn out to be one of our most exciting SimOps conferences, July 17-19. This conference, focused on the needs of simulation operation specialists, offers attendees an opportunity to learn and network about the unique sim ops environment.  

Board of Directors update

Your SSH board of directors met in person in May and began discussions about which organizations SSH should partner with and what the true definition of a partner is for the society. Now that the strategic partnership subcommittee of the ERSC falls under the direction of the BOD, we are working on a strategy around this important topic.

SSH leaders at SESAM

In June, I attended the SESAM simulation conference in Glasgow, Scotland, where I was honored to present a keynote address on team training and Interprofessional education (IPE).

SSH President-elect Bob Armstrong and I met with the SESAM board of directors to discuss our collective goals and strategies for global simulation outreach. Bob presented the SSH Code of Ethics and there was interest in adopting the code throughout Europe and interest in translating both the code and our dictionary into other languages.

SSH Immediate past-president Joe Loprieato attended the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) conference, and met with their board to discuss ongoing collaborations. Following that, I attended the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) where I met with their board to continue dialogue amongst our two organizations regarding our joint regional conferences and other collaborations.

With 52 affiliates within the SSH, it is important to attend as many simulation conferences as possible to continue dialogue around simulation advocacy globally. Other important meetings we will be attending this year include the NLN Nursing Summit (September) and Sim Canada (formerly SimOne) (October).


Save the date for IMSH 2020 in San Diego, California, to be held Jan. 18-22, 2020. IMSH 2020 marks a major milestone as our 20th straight year of international meetings exclusively centered around simulation in healthcare and the health professions. The IMSH 2020 Planning Committee 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.

That said, we will be recognizing all of our past presidents, too! I do sincerely hope that you will attend.

Sim-sational delivery!

Lastly, I read a story about a group of students who had an intense simulation as students focused on a birth of a baby that began suddenly before the patient could make it to the OB department. The very next day, while in their OB clinical rotation, those students heard screaming outside the hospital and ran out to find a man screaming that his wife was in labor – with the baby coming in their car. The students immediately took care of the woman, delivered the baby, and subsequently, transferred the patient and the healthy baby to the OB department.

When asked how they remained so calm and were able to perform, the students replied, “Well, we did this in sim yesterday so we were prepared.”

Just saying.

Thank you all for your support of simulation and patient safety, and I hope to see you at an SSH event soon!

KT Waxman


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