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2023 Presentations






Simulation and the AI Revolution

ChatGPT exploded onto the scene this year, bringing with it the ability to answer questions, write stories and even hold a conversation. What implications does ChatGPT and the future of AI development have on the healthcare simulation space? Join PCS CEO Balazs Moldovanyi as he discusses the benefits, drawbacks, and current limitations of today’s artificial intelligence and what it means for simulation.

Speaker: Balazs Moldovanyi



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New Simulation Technology Makes Simulationists Rethink

Avkin is the industry leader in wearable simulators but have you seen the technology that sets the products apart? Products were designed by a former sim tech who knew the limitations of old products. Get an inside look with industry experts on how Avkin revolutionized expectations of the current industry. User friendly technology has simulationists raving about the realism of incorporating these products into their simulation labs across the world. 


Speaker: Adam Cowperthwait



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High Fidelity Simulation Without the Square Footage

It is said that fighting for simulation space can often mimic a war zone, what is it again? Beg, Borrow, Steal? Well no longer do you have to rely on square footage to complete high fidelity simulations. Telesimulation is often done in graduate programs, but now undergraduate programs can incorporate telesimulation with live people. Learn for industry leaders on how their partnership with Avkin has led to high fidelity standardized patient encounters over zoom. 

Speakers: Megan Weldon CHSE and Lauren Gaddis MS, BS, NREMT, CHSE



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Inovus Medical

Awarding CPD / CME in surgical simulation



  1. Understand the importance of CPD / CME in surgical education
  2. Understand strategies to implement CPD / CME in surgical education
  3. Apply & execute, with examples, of CPD / CME awarding in surgical simulation via the LapAR & TOTUM platform

Content Description:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Continuing Medical Education (CME) points are an essential part of healthcare education – especially in surgical training – as this provides a standardised and structured opportunity to stay up-to-date.

Maintaining and improving skills and knowledge is crucial not only for providing the highest-quality patient care, but also to help surgeons meet regulatory, accreditation and revalidation of professional license requirements.

Beyond basic requirements, a clear commitment by the surgeon to upkeep CPD / CME points can enhance reputation and career prospects. It can also provide a platform to share knowledge and experiences with peers, as well as open up doors to networking and new trends in research.

As we discovered in previous Learning Labs, simulation-based training for surgical procedures has been gaining even more traction in the last few years on a background of steady growth in the last decade. It has proven to be an effective and safe learning environment to perform and record a range of settings from basic tasks to full procedures.

With the more recent advent of ‘digital surgery’, the delivery of training in the live theatre environment is changing significantly giving way to a plethora of emerging technologies that are allowing surgical training to be ‘connected’ in ways never previously imagined – including remotely certifying CPD / CME points!

In this Virtual Learning Lab, we will show you strategies to implement CPD / CME awarding within surgical simulation settings, including specific examples.

We hope that you will be able to take away something new from this Learning Lab that can be applied to your own surgical simulation settings!


David Rawaf, MD. (BSc, MSc, MBBS, MRCS) Surgeon & Clinical Excellence Lead



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Build Your Own Interoperable Medical Simulations! Introducing Vcom3D’s New MedSim DevKitTM

Medical simulation enables the training of tomorrow's providers without putting today's patients at risk. Building effective medical simulations can be a complex endeavor, but Vcom3D’s new MedSim DevKit™ can facilitate this process. This MedSim DevKit™ contains all the necessary components for building your own medical simulations that are interoperable with the Modular Healthcare Simulation and Education System (MoHSESTM) ecosystem.
Vcom3D’s MedSim DevKit™ is a time and money saving collection of hardware and software tools that supports a range of applications, including physical, VR, AR, and Mixed Reality. 
Using the MedSim DevKit™, you can create or adapt your simulation task trainers,manikins, and/or modules to plug-and-play with other MoHSESTM -compatible simulation modules.
As part of this learning lab, we will show how to easily create a physical and virtual MoHSES-compliant module using Vcom3D’s new MedSim DevKitTM. By the end of this session, learners will have a thorough understanding of the process of building 
interoperable medical simulations and will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop their own simulations utilizing the MoHSES standardand resources.


Doug Rahm, Senior Software Developer



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The Importance and Impact of Virtual Reality on Interdisciplinary Healthcare Simulation Training

Tyler Andre MD presents the importance and impact of Virtual Reality on Interdisciplinary Healthcare Simulation Training. With an extensive network of academic and community partners, SimX built a marketplace of Simulated Patient Encounters and a collection of Virtual Manikins. Dr. Andre will highlight how immersive VR environments and interactive patient discussions allow team-based interdisciplinary learning.


Dr. Tyler Andre



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The Value of Simulated Medications Versus Expire Medications  in Clinical Training


Learning objectives:
  1. How to save valuable educator time with simulated medications vs expired meds or “homemade meds”
  2. How simulated medications reduce overall costs, even if receiving “free” expired meds for training
  3. How simulated medication training improves medical practitioners’ competencies, cuts down on errors, improves patient safety and ultimately helps save lives


Content Description:

Simulated Medications Overview

Medical Errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in hospitals, and one of highest medical errors is medication errors.

“Medication administration errors are typically thought of as a failure in one of the five “rights” of medication administration (right patient, medication, time, dose, and route). These five “rights” have been historically incorporated into the nursing curriculum as the standard processes to ensure safe medication administration. Recent literature, however, has emphasized that medication administration is part of a complex medication use process, in which a multidisciplinary care team works together to ensure patient-centered care delivery. As such, it has been emphasized that the five “rights” do not ensure administration safety as a standalone process. Therefore, four additional “rights” were proposed to include right documentation, action/reason, form, and response.

As modern healthcare delivery systems continue to evolve, emphasis on system design (i.e. technology & clinical workflows) has become a priority to complement the medication administration process. System-related causes of medication administration errors may include inadequate training, distractors, convoluted processes, and system misconfiguration.”

Training with simulated medications has been proven to have many advantages which help improve medical practitioners' competencies, and in return, improve patient safety and reduce health care costs.

Medical simulation allows the acquisition of clinical skills through hands-on practice rather than an apprentice style of learning.


  • Better Tools = Better Learning
  • Learning the “Rights of Medication Administration” with true-to-life tools
  • The value of accurate expiration dates
  • Medication names spelled in full (versus truncated names)
  • Barcoded simulated medications
  • Distilled water vs. sodium chloride in simulated medications for use with HPS’s
  • Safety measures, authorization forms, enhanced product warning and product-use protocols surrounding simulated meds
  • Expired “controlled substances” not an option so simulated versions are critical
  • Full simulation protocols versus mixing “real” and “simulated”


  • Time & cost saving for educators
  • Mistakes are more costly than supplies
  • Valuable educator time being used for filling, re-filling, labeling, etc.
  • Value of realism and quality in simulated products
  • Already overly taxed/stressed clinicians and clinical educators trying to recreate meds
  • Time-saving partnerships (medication management systems & simulated EHR/MAR systems)
  • Availability of real/expired meds
  • Changes in current protocols, best practices & simulation standardizations


  • Benefits of Learning through Simulation
  • Reproducible curriculum for all trainees/learners
  • Instant performance feedback
  • Improved psychomotor skills through repetition
  • Enhanced clinical decision making
  • Fostering of multidisciplinary teamwork


Wendy Lagrange, Vice President



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The Virtual Learning Lab Series will offer qualifying Corporate Roundtable members with an opportunity to utilize the various SSH platforms to increase digital engagement with the SSH database of more than 25,000 members and non-members. This unparalleled opportunity will expand industry reach while you showcase your products and services to the leaders in the field of healthcare simulation. In this increasingly competitive market, gaining visibility and meeting with key decision makers from around the world is an opportunity you cannot afford to miss.  

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