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NYSIM Fellows Mary Ellen Sheldon and Silvana Pimentel co-chaired the Symposium for Fellows in Healthcare Simulation on April 11, 2016 at NYSIM. Over forty fellows, fellowship directors and others attended the one day symposium. The attendees traveled from all points in the US, as well as from New Zealand, Lebanon and Brazil. The distinguished plenary speakers were Dr. Chad Epps, President for the Socie-ty for Simulation in Healthcare and Associate Professor and Associate Director of Office of Interprofessional Simulation, University of Ala-bama, Dr. David Gaba, Associate Dean for Immersive & Simulation based Learning, Professor of Anesthesia, Stanford University, Ms. Bon-nie Driggers CEO, SimHealth group, Professor Emeritus Oregon Health & Sciences University and our own Dr. Thomas Riles, Executive Di-rector NYSIM, Associate Dean for Medical Education & Technology.

A panel of former fellows shared their thoughts and ideas about how their fellowship impacted them and their current positions. Ten fellows presented original research and capstone projects including such topics as central line training, in-situ simulations, ECMO manage-ment utilizing simulation, and assessing tracheostomy skills. The day concluded with a networking cocktail reception where fellows, direc-tors and staff where able to have more in-depth discussions surrounding simulation. The evaluations were overwhelmingly positive. We hope to see you next year in the Spring of 2017!

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Farewell Dr. MaryLeigh Moore

Dr. MaryLeigh Moore spent four weeks at NYSIM as part of her Research and Study Leave in order to ex-plore and compare the use of simulation in undergraduate medical education in the United States and New Zealand.

At the University of Otago – Christchurch (UOC), Dr. Moore is the Director of the UOC Simulation Centre, as well as the Clinical Skills Director and Clinical Skills vertical module convenor. Her academic interests cover two main areas: simulation-based medical education to develop clinical and professional skills, and medical law and ethics. We would like to thank Dr. Moore for her contributions during her time at NYSIM.

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Our own Dr. Veronica Learner was elected as the Vice Chair for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare OB/GYN Special Interest Group. Her term of service will start January 1, 2016 and end December 31, 2017. We are excited to have a growing simulation leadership presence in the international society. Speaking on her new role, Dr. Lerner said, “I have been in the ‘trenches’ of all aspects in simulation, and now I am hoping to take it to the next level and to facilitate collaboration, coordination, innovation and growth in our simulation community at SSH.”

Congratulations Dr. Learner!

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NYSIM IT Announcements: Website Refresh

We are happy to announce the refresh of our website: http://nysimcenter.org. The new design enhances the user experience to be more intuitive and user friendly. You will continue to have access to:

  • Program/Tour reservations
  • Symposiums/courses registration
  • SimulationIQ Login

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In recognition of sustained and significant service to Society for Simulation in Healthcare. (www.SSiH.org) Dr. Demian Szyld was appointed to the Board of Directors for a three-year term. Demian continues to be active in the Affiliations Subcommittee, the External and Strategic Relations Committee, and the Accreditation Program. Along with NYSIM Nursing Director, Grace Ng, he chairs the new Formal Training (Fellowship, Masters, and Certificates Affinity Group). SSH is the largest simulation-based education and training society with more than 3000 members and sponsors an annual interprofessional meeting, the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare.

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Chris graduated in 2015 from New Jersey City University with an accelerated B.S. in Nursing. His first B.S. was in Engineering Physics with a minor in Philosophy from Fordham University. Chris originally joined the NYSIM team as a full time Simulation Facilitator in June 2012 and continued with us per session during his nursing program. He is excited about starting his career as a Registered Nurse, particularly in the fields of Palliative Care and Psychiatric Nursing.

When asked “Why did you want to become a simulation facilitator” he answered "My first career was in the nonprofit sector, specifically in the field of Immigrants’ Rights. I was preparing to transition to a new career in the Health Sciences when I heard about this opportunity to work with NYSIM as a Simulation Facilitator. NYSIM continues to be an amazing resource for my personal and professional development!"

One fun fact about Chris: When Chris is not at NYSIM, he is teaching poongmul-nori (Korean percussion) to LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islanders and their allies. These drummers can be found marching/performing at various events throughout the city, including the annual NYC Pride Parade.

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We are pleased to announce Dr. Sondra Zabar’s appointment as an Assistant Director at NYSIM and her role leading our Standard-ized Patient (SP) Program. She will focus on bringing new SP programs from CUNY and NYULMC to NYSIM and maintaining our high quality standardized patient educational and assessment activities. Dr. Zabar is the Director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at the NYU School of Medicine. She is the Director of the Program for Medical Education Innovations and Research (PrMEIR), established in 2006 with the mission of advancing medical education scholarship at NYU and instituting best practices for patient-centered, evidence-based medical educa-tion through research, faculty development, and an internal grants program. She is a Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and a member of the NYU School of Medicine Curriculum Committee, and she directs the NYU School of Medicine Stand-ardized Patient Program.

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