NYSIM News

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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On Thursday, June 2, 2016, The New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences hosted its 1st Annual Symposium for Administrators in Healthcare Simulation. This symposium was conducted in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic’s Simulation and Advanced Skills Center for Advanced Skills Train-ing. NYSIM welcomed over 25 simulation administrators from around the country for a day of plenary sessions, panels, and discussions. We were fortu-nate to have three speakers, including Dr. Morrison from MIT Sloan School of Management, who conducted a workshop on simulation center metrics. Following Dr. Morrison, NYULMC’s own Brian Nemiroff spoke regarding strategy map articulation. Lastly, Megan Sherman and Farrah Leland, JD from the Institute for Simulation in Healthcare at University of Washington (Seattle, WA), spoke about improving simulation center operations through creative staffing, and had participants play a simulation staffing game called “simopoly.”

NYSIM hopes that this symposium will be an annual event that rotates across simulation centers throughout the country and initiates conversations amongst simulation center administrators.

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We are excited to announce that our own Christopher Chung has accepted a position with NYU Langone’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a Registered Nurse. Chris graduated in 2015 from New Jersey City University with an accelerated B.S. in Nursing. He originally joined the NYSIM team as a full time Simulation Facilitator in June 2012, and continued with us per session during his nursing program.

Chris relayed this message to the NYSIM community:
“It is very difficult to express the amount of gratitude that I feel for each of you for this accomplishment. NYSIM has been such a comprehensive part of my journey into nursing. Indeed, it is impossible to distinguish between my working at NYSIM and my nursing development. I have drawn so much from my experience working with each of you and will undoubtedly continue to draw wisdom and inspiration in the future.”

On behalf of all NYSIM staff, we would like to wish Chris the best of luck for the next step in what promises to be an illustrious and fulfilling career.

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