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A podcast dedicated to the discussion of healthcare simulation. Debunking dogma, demystifying jargon and translating knowledge. Hosted by Dr Victoria Brazil and Jesse Spurr


Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month, including expert commentary from Ann Mullen (@keepsimsafe) 

Schroeder J, O'Neal C, Jagneaux T. “Practically Saline”. Investig Med High Impact Case Rep. 2015;3(4):2324709615618980 PMID 26663812. 

And we talked about a few other sim papers across a range of topics and research methods 

Bearman, M. , Greenhill, J. and Nestel, D. (2019), The power of simulation: a largescale narrative analysis of learners experiences. Med Educ. doi:10.1111/medu.13747 

Gardner AK, Abdelfattah K Getting better all the time? Facilitating accurate team self-assessments through simulation BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning Published Online First: 12 January 2019. doi: 10.1136/bmjstel-2018-000411 

O’Shea CI, Schnieke-Kind C, Pugh D, et al The Meta-Debrief Club: an effective method for debriefing your debrief BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning Published Online First: 02 February 2019. doi: 10.1136/bmjstel-2018-000419 

(and check them out at @MetaDebriefClub) 


And Ben introduced the March paper 

Fraser, K., Meguerdichian, M., Haws, J., Grant, V., Bajaj, K., & Cheng, A. (2019). Cognitive Load Theory for debriefing simulations: implications for faculty development. 

So we’ll be back at the end of March with our wrap – join the discussion at simulationpodcast.com 

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Our third podcast from IMSH starts with a focus on disruptive innovation, big data and artificial intelligence, based on the opening plenary by Joel Selanikio (@jselanikio) who also gave a TeD talk on the topic. Vic had a fan girl moment speaking to Ron Harden, living legend of medical education and General secretary of AMEE, abut his reactions to the talk.  

We also spoke to Yue Dong (@dongyue), one of the conference organisers, for his reflections. 

Ben finished the day with a chat with Suzie Kardong-Edgren (@SuzieEdgren) about Tag Team Patient Safety Simulation

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Our second podcast from #IMSH2019 features a deep dive on Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice with Bram Welch-Horan (@DrBramPedsER ), and some reflections on the topic from Belinda Lowe (@Belinda_J_Lowe ), Bond University Simulation Fellow. 

We then shifted focus to research and publishing in simulation with Michelle Kelly (@KellyKelmich )   summarising the session on ‘Articles of Influence’, and Sharon Muret-Wagstaff , one of the associate editors of Simulation in Healthcare, giving us some tips on how to be a peer reviewer. 

Ben and Vic reflect on other parts of Day 2, especially the morning plenary by Sir Ken Robinson, who inspired us to think about creativity and learning. Join the 56 million people who have watched his TeD talk on the topic here. Play more!  

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In this special edition of Simulcast, we feature three articles on simulation applied to point of care ultrasound (POCUS).  Vic visited the team at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Ultrasound Division (@jeff_sono) in Philadelphia, led by Dr Resa E. Lewiss (@ultrasoundREL)   

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Resa chose 3 articles for us to review, each focused on different aspects of using simulation for POCUS education. These have obvious relevance for those who use ultrasound at the bedside, but anyone using simulation for clinical skills training will find our discussion interesting. 

The papers:- 

  1. Mackay FD, Zhou F, Lewis D, Fraser J, Atkinson PR. Can You Teach Yourself Point-of-care Ultrasound to a Level of Clinical Competency? Evaluation of a Self-directed Simulation-based Training Program. Cureus. 2018;10(9):e3320. Published 2018 Sep 17. doi:10.7759/cureus.3320 
  1. Chetioui, A., Masia, T., Claret, P.-G., Markarian, T., Muller, L., Lefrant, J. Y., … Bobbia, X. (2018). Pocket-sized ultrasound device for internal jugular puncture: A randomized study of performance on a simulation model. The Journal of Vascular Access. https://doi.org/10.1177/1129729818812733 
  1. Fikri M. Abu-Zidan and Arif Alper Cevik. Kunafa knife and play dough is an efficient and cheap simulator to teach diagnostic Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS). World Journal of Emergency Surgery 2019. 14:1 

On the podcast I am joined by Resa Lewiss, Zack Risler (@zrisler), Kelly Goodsell (@k_goodsell), Dan MIrsch (@DanMirsch), Mark Magee (@markamagee), Arthur Au (@arthurkau), and Rishi Kalwani (@RishiKalw) 

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Ben and Vic at IMSH – podcast one 


The International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) is the biggest sim conference in the world. This year it was held in San Antonio, Texas, USA and Simulcast was a podcast partner for the meeting. Over the next few weeks, we’ll release five podcasts of conference highlights. 

Ben and Vic interview speakers, attendees, organisers, researchers, tech gurus and educators, and bring you some of our perspectives on what are useful lessons for our simulation practice. 

I this first instalment, we hear from the incoming president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), KT Waxman (@KTWaxman). Ben interviewed an enthusiastic Komal Bajaj (@KomalBajajMD) about the Women in Leadership pre-conference activity, and James Leung (@drjscleung)  from the Impacts group on paediatric simulation research. 

We heard more from our friend Stuart Rose (@INFOdebriefing) on clinical debriefing, and reflected on the opening plenary.  

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Simulcast Journal Club podcast November 2018 episode 


Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month, including expert commentary from our own Jesse Spurr! Is this really the holy grail of ‘proof’ for insitu sim?  

Josey, K., Smith, M., Kayani, A., Young, G., Kasperski, M., Farrer, P., Gerkin, R., Theodorou, A. and Raschke, R. (2018). Hospitals with more-active participation in conducting standardized in-situ mock codes have improved survival after in-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest. Resuscitation, 133, pp.47-52. 


We also discussed 3 other papers, with a theme of scenario/ simulation design. 

The first two were focused on complexity science. 

On this topic, Jesse reminded us of this great post from Chris Hicks (@HumanFactOrzhttps://emcrit.org/emcrit/complexity-of-simple/ 


And finally – local work from the team at Mater hospital, including @ErinlW_ and @SJanssensSimOG  in Brisbane that adds to our understanding of realism, especially in procedural simulation. 


Thanks again to our listeners and contributors for a great year in 2018 


Vic, Ben and Jesse 


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In this episode of our continuing collaboration with Advances in Simulation, Victoria takes the helm and interviews two brilliant guests about a high profile, multi-journal simultaneous publication:

Advances in Simulation

Raemer, D., A. Hannenberg and A. Mullen (2018). "Simulation safety first: an imperative." Advances in Simulation 3(1): 25.

Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Raemer, D., A. Hannenberg and A. Mullen (2018). "Simulation Safety First: An Imperative." Simulation in Healthcare 13(6).

Journal of Surgical Simulation 

Raemer, D., A. Hannenberg and A. Mullen (2018). "Simulation Safety First: An Imperative." Journal of Surgical Simulation(5).


It is with great pleasure that we have Dan Raemer, one of the authors of the editorial ‘Simulation Safety First. An Imperative’ as guest today. Dan Raemer has had a long career in simulation and medical education spanning almost 40 years.  He is a bioengineer by training and been a member of a surgery or anesthesiology department for his entire working life.  Dan was the Chair of the Founding Board of Overseers for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and was it’s first President.  Now in partial retirement, Dan, along with a nurse educator, Ann Mullen, and a renowned anesthesiologist, Alex Hannenberg, all from Boston, USA have started an education-oriented foundation to promote simulation safety.

We are also lucky to have Kara Allen along to discuss. Kara is an anaesthetist who in involved with inter professional simulation, including education and systems testing. She developed the CRASH and STAR courses which now run across Australia and New Zealand, helping critical care specialists navigate career transitions and return to work after leave. This has led her to work in a number of simulation settings, from stand-alone centres to simulation facilities embedded in clinical settings. 

Victoria, Dan and Kara, traverse the unintended harms from simulation and discuss the equal harms of not using simulation as a translational tool. 


If this sound familiar to Simulcast listeners, it is because Vic interviewed Ann Mullen (one of the authors of this article) back in October 2017 about hers and Dan's project, Foundations for Healthcare Simulation Safety.

So read the article, think about your simulation safety and take the pledge to improve.


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December 5, 2018

65 - Simulcast Goes To IMSH

Simulcast goes to IMSH! 


The International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) will be in San Antonio, TX, USA in January 26-30th, 2019.  

Simulcast has partnered with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) to cover the event for our listeners, and Ben and Vic will be bringing you the highlights of plenary talks, research updates and the latest technology from the Expo Hall. 

We spoke to Joseph Lopreiato, the current President of SSH about the planned event highlights, the city of San Antonio, and building the healthcare simulation community. 

For more details about the event, check out the conference website and follow #IMSH2019 on social media. 



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Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month, including expert commentary from Dr Marc Berg. 

Resuscitation Education Science: Educational Strategies to Improve Outcomes From Cardiac Arrest: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association 

Cheng, A., Nadkarni, V., Mancini, M., Hunt, E., Sinz, E., Merchant, R., Donoghue, A., Duff, J., Eppich, W., Auerbach, M., Bigham, B., Blewer, A., Chan, P. and Bhanji, F. (2018) Circulation, 138(6). 


We also discussed 3 other papers, with a theme of assessment and feedback 

(and also discussed here by our friends at em simcases https://emsimcases.com/2018/10/23/limiting-gender-bias-in-simulation-assessment/ ) 


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This episode was recorded live at Markham Stouffvile Hospital in Canada. Victoria and Jesse were generously hosted by the hospital to share some lessons learned in simulation programs. This presentation was initially developed for a symposium in Dunedin in March 2018. We decide to reprise it, but instead of a presentation - Simulcast Live. Hope you enjoy and we'd love to here some of your lessons learned and keep adding to the myths and fails.

Thanks to Justin Morgenstern @First10EM for making the visit happen. We had a great time and the hospitality was amazing.

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