We are seeking submissions in 12 major tracks. NOTE: the same content tracks are being used for both Course Proposals and Abstracts - Research Study/Innovation Projects.
The IMSH 2018 Content Tracks are:
- NEW! Technology/Innovations in Simulation. Share the cutting-edge innovations in technology that will shape the future delivery and effectiveness of healthcare simulation. What simulation tools will we use in the future? How do we successfully reimagine seemingly impossible challenges and limitations in today’s technology for tomorrow’s learner? We’d like to create a glimpse into the future of healthcare simulation, showcasing new tools and delivery formats that will make the delivery of education through healthcare simulation more realistic, effective and accessible.
Topics include, but are not limited to: augmented reality; virtual reality; serious games; new developments in assessment technologies, such as eye-tracking, motion tracking, force sensing, EEG, ECG, brain imaging; new manikins and task trainers; creation of low-cost task trainers; innovations in moulage; technology to enhance standardized patient programs; and many more!
- Administration. A particular interest for us this year is Return on Investment (ROI) - Justifying the need for, and demonstrating effectiveness of simulation in healthcare is crucial to obtain institutional leadership buy in for sustaining existing programs and developing new programs. Tell us how you demonstrate ROI in healthcare simulation, and offer content that will help your colleagues better advocate for simulation around the globe. Additional topics in this category include all facets of simulation center management and administration: organization and governance; human resource management; financial and management; scheduling; continuous quality improvement; security and confidentiality maintenance; policy and procedure framework; and creating and maintaining a safe learning environment.
- Assessment of Learners. These entries demonstrate the creation, validation and, application of assessment instruments across a variety of domains, including behavioral skills, psychomotor skills, individual, and team behaviors. We are also looking for content that outlines robust assessment metrics in simulation-based training. NOTE: Content describing NEW technologies related to learner assessment should be submitted in the Technology/Innovations in Simulation track.
- Course Exemplars. Share your examples of specific scenarios, courses and curricula here. Of specific interest are exemplars of curricula that address difficult and challenging training problems. Course exemplars may include content specific to a particular learner discipline. NOTE: Content describing NEW technologies and innovations related to specific course delivery options should be submitted in the Technology/Innovations in Simulation track.
- Debriefing. Entries that showcase various debriefing strategies are welcome here. Of particular interest are submissions which address particularly challenging and difficult debriefing situations.
- Evaluation of Programs. Content should provide insights and perspectives on the analysis of data and utilization of strategies and techniques to evaluate a simulation program’s overall effectiveness in meeting programmatic objectives.
- Faculty Development. Train your sim faculty! Content in this category is targeted to the faculty who teach and train using simulation-based education. Showcase recruitment, professional development, and evaluation strategies used to train simulation faculty. Content that covers development of “train the trainer” curricula and courses should be included here. Also accepted into this category are proposals that highlight and demonstrate the application of learning theories specific to simulation-based training. NOTE: Specific examples of the faculty development courses you use or have developed should be placed in the Course Exemplars track.
- Interprofessional Education (IPE). The IPE category includes entries that focus on interprofessional team training, designing scenarios for interprofessional learners, and overcoming barriers to building an interprofessional simulation program. NOTE: Specific examples of Interprofessional Education courses you use or have developed should be placed in the Course Exemplars track.
- Leadership. The development of leadership skills within healthcare simulation is not only a SSH priority, but also a mandate for simulation stakeholders if we are to gain recognition and move the agenda of simulation forward in today’s challenging healthcare environment. Share your expertise in leadership as we continue developing this important content area.
- Patient Outcomes, Quality & Safety. Content in this category highlights best practices and evidence-based strategies that have a documented impact on improved provider competency, patient safety, patient outcomes and overall healthcare quality. The positive impact simulation has on patient care is emerging, and evidence of improved outcomes on patient safety is the next goal. Share interventions that enhance patient safety.
- Research Methods. Entries in this category are designed to enable both early and advanced researchers to better design, implement and analyze simulation-based research initiatives. This category includes all components of conducting research in simulation, including study design considerations; identifying a conceptual framework; strategies for effective writing and presentation of research findings; funding strategies; research methodologies; data analysis; and validity of findings. Specific research studies and findings should be submitted to the Abstract - Research Study/Innovation Project content section.
- Technical Operations (Tech Ops). Topics included in Tech Ops cover simulation center technical operational considerations including scenario programming; equipment repair and maintenance; facility maintenance; course preparation; use of technology; novel moulage and improvisation techniques; and professional development strategies for the operations specialist. NOTE: New inventions, innovations and discoveries in technical operations should be submitted in the Technology/Innovations in Simulation track.