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NYSIM has purchased two Premature Anne task trainers and simulators from Laerdal. Premature Anne is a realistically proportioned 25-week preterm infant with features aligned with objectives of the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). The task trainer is designed to aide learners in strengthen competence in airway management techniques, delivering compressions, vascular access (umbilicus), and practice IV placement. While the simulator helps place learners in realistic scenarios to enhance their ability to assess, diagnose, and treat preterm infants.

For more information please visit http://www.laerdal.com/us/PrematureAnne

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The C21 Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) is part of a consortium sponsored by the New York State Department of Education and has existed in some form at NYU Langone for 28 years. It provides racially underrepresented and economically under-served high school students with direct exposure to careers in science and medicine. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity Affairs, the program gives students with demonstrat-ed interest and ability in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers and the licensed health professions an important step toward their professional goals.

While at NYSIM these students participated in a simulation on a hypothetical patient. That same week, the students watched faculty at NYU Langone’s Neuroscience Institute dissect a sheep’s brain in order to get a glimpse into both science and surgery. They also became officially certified in CPR, a skill they can now take with them wherever they go, and which gives them hands-on experience—literally—in the health sciences.

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NYSIM, Program in Medical Education and Research (PrMEIR) and the NYU Department of Surgery are celebrating a 10 year partnership with this summer’s Surgical Professionalism OSCEs. Starting in 2006, Drs. Mark Hochberg, Sondra Zabar, Adina Kalet and Colleen Gillespie developed a Professionalism Curriculum for NYU’s 45 surgical residents. The curriculum is known throughout NYU as Surgical Professionalism and Interpersonal Communication Education (SPICE). These interactive seminars, led by these three NYU faculty members, focus on:

Delivering bad news
Correctly using an interpreter
Interdisciplinary respect
Difficult conversations
Admitting mistakes
Identifying an impaired colleague
The keys to successful patient handoffs

The challenge faced by these educators was how to successfully evaluate the residents' newly acquired professionalism skills. Utiliiing the OSCE tool, si scenarios were developed. Actors were interviewed and the best were selected as Standardiied Patients. These OSCEs have been delivered to entering PGY 1’s and PGY 3’s annually over the 10 year period. The wealth of data is remarkable and has led to multiple national presentations and peer-reviewed publications. The NYU surgical professionalism curriculum is now all or part of over 70 national departments of surgery approach to instilling professionalism to their residency training. The partnership between NYSIM, PrMEIR and the Department of Surgery has made an important and positive contribution to teaching professionalism nationally to future surgeons. This work has been accepted for publication in the Annals of Surgery with e pected publication this fall.

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During the last week of June, NYSIM hosted the Center for Medical Simulation’s “Simulation as a Teaching Tool” instructor training course. This course is considered the premier faculty development program in simulation education. Janice Palaganas was the course director and Grace Ng and Demian Siyld were course faculty. Course participants included local faculty from NYULMC and CUNY as well as national and international guests who traveled from as far as Monterrey, Mexico and Bratislava in Slovakia.

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Farewell to Andrew White and Adam Eljarrah

NYSIM is pleased to announce Andrew White’s acceptance into the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine for the Fall of 2016! Andrew has been a simulation facilitator since joining the NYSIM staff in November of 2014.

Unfortunately, we are also saying goodbye to Adam Eljarrah who will be going back to school full time to obtain his Masters Public Health degree. We wish them the very best of luck and thank them for their dedication to our faculty and learners.

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NYISM SP Program Coordinators, Meg Anderson and Virginia Drda attended the 15th Annual ASPE (Association of Standardiied Patient Educators) Conference held in Tampa, FL , June 25-29 – packed with opportunities to learn, share and reflect on best practices in SP methodologies in medical education.

Virginia Drda represented NYSIM in the workshop presentation of “Identifying and Managing Problematic SP Behaviors” co-facilitated by colleagues Eliiabeth Kachur and Tony Errichetti, which initiated collaborative strategiiing among the more than 35 workshop attendees.

The conference introduced innovations, invited collaboration, inspired professional growth and built national and international connections. The power of presence, professionalism,and interprofessionalism in human simulation were thematic highlights this year.

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Silvania Pimentel Elected as Vice Chair

Dr. Silvania Pimentel was our NYSIM Simulation Fellow for 2015-2016. She has been elected as vice chair for the department of surgery at the Universidade Federal Do Parana in Braiil. She is the youngest and the first woman to be elected for this position. We know she will make amaiing strides in education in her new role. Best of luck Dr. Pimentel.

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