SimOps 2021

Important Info

SimOps 2021

Tampa, Florida
July 14-16, 2021
CAMLS - Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation 

And, if you are unable to join us in-person...

SimOps Delivers 2021

Live Stream of Keynotes (July 15 & 16)

  • Virtual Prerecorded Sessions (Available July 15, 2021 – October 15, 2021)

Program and Schedule

A DRAFT version of the program(s) are now availabe. Please view below. 

Draft In-Person Program

Draft Delivers Program

Host Site


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CAMLS - Center For Advanced Medical Learning And Simulation

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 Click for Address and Directions: 124 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

The University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) is one of the world’s largest, free-standing simulation facilities exclusively dedicated to training healthcare professionals. CAMLS is part of the USF Health Downtown Initiative.CAMLS provides simulation experiences for educating students; training health care faculty in simulation education; and preparing health care professionals to acquire, maintain and enhance their clinical practice to meet today’s workforce needs and improve patient care in Tampa Bay, Florida and around the globe.

CAMLS is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Tampa, Florida and is open seven days a week to accommodate the numerous demands that challenge today’s domestic and international healthcare providers and researchers.

The CAMLS facility, opened in 2012, is a 90,000-square-foot, three-story facility that provides a state-of-the-art, high-fidelity clinical environment with 60,000 square feet dedicated to surgical skills labs, operating trauma suites, and patient exam rooms, plus more than 25,000 square feet of meeting and conference space.

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SimOps 2021: UNIFY will be offered in two convenient formats:

1. Live In-Person - Join us in the beautiful Tampa, Florida, July 14-16, 2021 at CAMLS - Center For Advanced Medical Learning And Simulation.

And, if you are unable to join us in-person...

2. Virtual Conference - SimOps Delivers: Can’t attend live? Join us online for SimOps Delivers!

SimOps 2021: UNIFY, being held in the Tampa, Florida, July 14-16, 2021 at CAMLS - Center For Advanced Medical Learning And Simulation. Now being offered for a seventh year, SSH SimOps is designed to support the professional development of the Simulation Operations Specialist (SOS).

SimOps explores the innovative application of operational technology in a team-based environment. Through the use of new tools, best practices and experiential learning techniques, SimOps enables healthcare simulation professionals to advance their skills while building stronger team connections for the future. Through hands-on learning experiences, inventive demonstrations, a cutting-edge exhibition hall, and the latest research findings impacting simulation operations, SSH SimOps provides a unique experience for the SOS that strengthens the community of practice.

The SimOps 2021 Planning Team proposes the theme, Unify, as a symbol of the common ties that draw all SOS into the field of healthcare simulation. One of the greatest strengths of the Simulation Operations and Technology Section (SOTS) is the vast array of backgrounds and experience brought to the field. Finding commonalities within these varied roles and responsibilities will assist in moving the operations field forward into the future.

The power of the word Unify is unlimited. Not only does it stand as a theme to rally all members of the operations community, it also serves as a reminder that the field is united in one common goal: to improve patient safety. Unify serves as a reminder that cohesiveness within the profession will ultimately guide the field toward the goal of a safer future.

The SimOps 2021 Planning Team wants to encourage attendees to ignite their passion and help create an impulse of positive change as a collective group on the future of healthcare simulation.


Registration will open mid-May 2021.






In-Person Only





*includes a year of SSH membership


*includes a year of SSH membership

Preconference Course


Virtual Only

Package Price 

(10-15 prerecorded sessions)




*includes a year of SSH membership


*includes a year of SSH membership

Accredited Program Package (3 individual package registrations)


*includes membership for any registration who is not a current SSH member

Non-Accredited Program Package (3 individual registrations)


*includes membership for any registration who is not a current SSH member


Additional prerecorded sessions

$25.00 each additional course


1 - Earlybird ends June 9, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET.

* - Includes membership for any registration who is not a current SSH member

Plenary Speakers

Opening Keynote:
Shelita Kimble MEd, BS, CHSOS

Shelita Kimble is the Sr. Systems Analyst with the TIPS (Teaching, Inter-Professional, and Simulation) Education Center at The University of TX MD Anderson Cancer Center. She began her simulation career when she joined the Texas Woman’s University (TWU) School of Nursing Education Center for Clinical Innovations and Advanced Technologies in 2006. Initially, as an Information Technology (IT) consultant, Shelita was tasked with implementing the complex Memorial Hermann Virtual Hospital system, a remote patient monitoring system. In 2007 Shelita was asked to join the team full time as the Nursing Technology Implementation Manager. While at TWU, she participated with the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Faculty Development Grant: Increasing Nursing Capacity by Improving Faculty Competence and Confidence in High-Fidelity Simulation and the Interdisciplinary Clinical Collaborative Practice Project (ICCP), which used targeted TeamSTEPPS™ communication strategies in a simulated clinical environment. Upon completing these grant project initiatives, Shelita transitioned to the Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIE) as their Simulation Technician.

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Closing Keynotes:

Matthew Charnetski, MSMS 

My path to simulation has been a winding one at best. After graduating from Grinnell College with a B.A. in Biology, I joined the United States Antarctic Program working in various roles to support the United States scientific mission based out of McMurdo Station. Returning to the U.S. Matthew worked as an EMT and as a project manager on various electronic medical records implementation projects while attaining his paramedic certification. I worked as a critical care paramedic for the City of West Des Moines and the Iowa EMS Alliance where he still works part time. Getting my start in simulation at Des Moines University as a simulation specialist, I finished mymasters in medical simulation and moved to Kazakhstan to help build the simulation program and center for Nazarbayev University School of Medicine as the Director of Simulation and Standardized Patient Programming. Upon completion of my project there he moved to Jonesboro, AR to assist in the building of the simulation program at the NYIT - Arkansas campus as the Director of Simulation Learning. Currently I am the Director of Simulation Based Education and Research at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. I am also pursuing a PhD in Medical Education focusing on simulation curriculum transfer and cultural competency at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. I continue to be involved in healthcare education and simulation projects in Kazakhstan and is working my way back into my bicycling and skiing roots. 

Kati Maxkenzie, MS, CHSOS

Kati Maxkenzie is the Simulation Center Manager at Alameda Health System in Oakland, California. Kati has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Drama from the Queensland University of Technology (Australia), a Master’s in Healthcare Simulation from the University of San Francisco, and is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist and Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. She was a cochair on the planning committee for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare 2019 SimOps Conference, is faculty for the California Simulation Alliance, and has authored textbook chapters and presented at local, national, and international conferences on multiple topics about simulation operations and SOS career development.


Haru Okuda, MD, FACEP, FSSH 

Executive Director, Center of Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation Assistant Vice President, Office of Health Interprofessional Education and Practice University of South Florida Health

Dr. Okuda is the Executive Director of USF Health’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). In this role, he has oversight of a 90,000 ft2 state of the art, advanced training facility, with the mission of creating and providing experiential learning that improves clinical skills and patient care in the community and around the globe. In addition to this role, Dr. Okuda also serves as USF Health’s Assistant Vice President of the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice ( focused on creating interprofessional learning opportunities from early healthcare training to clinical practice. He is Professor at the Morsani College of Medicine and practices clinically in the emergency department at Tampa General Hospital. 

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Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
8:00 am – 5:00 pm: CHSE & CHSOS Blueprint Review Course
8:00 am – 12:00 pm: Preconference Course - Bubble Gum, Duct Tape and Super Glue... Lets Fix Some Manikins!
9:00 am – 12:00 pm: CHSE & CHSOS Testing
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Preconference Course - Lifecasting Basics for Simulation

Thursday, July 15, 2021
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Learning Labs
9:15 am – 10:15 am: Opening Keynote Session
10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Session 1 (90-minutes)
12:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Lunch with Exhibitors
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm: SimVentors & Professor Rounds
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Hands-on Technology Experience
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Session 2 (60-minutes)
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm: SOTS Meeting
5:45 pm – 7:00 pm: Learning Lab Happy Hour

Friday, July 16, 2021
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Learning Labs
9:15 am – 10:15 am: Closing Keynote Session
10:30 am – 11:30 am: Session 3 & Learning Labs (60-minute)
11:30 pm – 12:15 pm: Lunch
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Session 4 (90-minutes)
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Session 5 (60-minutes)
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Session 6 (90-minutes)

SimOps 2021 Planning Committee

Amanda Carmack, DNP, MBA, RN, CNE, CCRN-K - BIO

Colleen Reiner, M.Ed

Phil Wortham, BA, CHSOS - BIO

Jarrod Young, MBA, CHSOS - BIO

COVID-19 Plan

SimOps 2021 is paired with SimOps DELIVERS this year. Both events are planned to occur at the same time, and we are excited to provide unique learning, discussion, and growth opportunities in both in-person and digital formats. We will continue to monitor all health-based recommendations and/or mandates and make updated event-location decisions as warranted.


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