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55 – AR/VR in Healthcare Simulation

I was joined by Jack Pottle, co-founder of Oxford Medical Simulation, a VR simulation company to discussed augmented (aR) and virtual reality (VR) in healthcare simulation.  Jack started his career as a psychologist, and has now been a doctor in acute medicine for the last 7 years. He got involved […]

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Simulcast Journal Club June 2018 – First Aid

Introduction :   Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series that aims to encourage simulation educators to explore and learn from publications on Healthcare Simulation Education.  Inspired by the ALiEM MEdIC Series, each month we publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion.  We moderate and summarise […]


54 – SSIH Sim Ops Pause & Discuss

  SimOps is a healthcare simulation training and education event for operations and technical professionals. The conference attracts 200+ professionals to participate in workshops, hand-on sessions, leadership discussions and networking events.  In this ‘pause and discuss’ I am joined by David Biffar, Assistant Director, Operations, from the Arizona Simulation Technology […]

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53 – Advances in Simulation: What’s in a Name?

In this episode of our continuing collaboration with Advances in Simulation, Jesse takes the helm as we put Victoria in the guest seat with Glenn Posner, to discuss their recent publications in Advances.   The articles for discussion were both published in the second half of 2017. ‘Simulation in the […]


ep. 12 – Rapport with Jenny Rudolph

So we all need to get along in simulation debriefing, right?  So easy to say, and yet rapport building can be difficult in any group, let alone one that has just been confronted with their own performance  Jenny Rudolph from the Center for Medical Simulation was our guest in discussing […]

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Simulcast Journal Club Podcast 13 Monthly Wrap

Welcome to the Simulcast Journal Club Podcast and monthly wrap post. Please read our pdf summary of the Journal Club article, the month’s discussion and our expert commentary here. Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month.  Kumar A, Sturrock S, Wallace EM, et al. Evaluation of learning from Practical Obstetric […]


Simulcast Journal Club April 2018 – Unconditional Love

Introduction :   Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series that aims to encourage simulation educators to explore and learn from publications on Healthcare Simulation Education.  Inspired by the ALiEM MEdIC Series, each month we publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion.  We moderate and summarise […]

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Simulcast Journal Club Podcast 12 Monthly Wrap

Welcome to the Simulcast Journal Club Podcast and monthly wrap post. Please read our pdf summary of the Journal Club article, the month’s discussion and our expert commentary here. Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month.  Eppich, W. and Cheng, A. (2015). Promoting Excellence and Reflective Learning in Simulation (PEARLS). […]


Simulcast Journal Club March 2018 – PEARLS Before Snythe

Introduction :   Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series that aims to encourage simulation educators to explore and learn from publications on Healthcare Simulation Education.  Inspired by the ALiEM MEdIC Series, each month we publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion.  We moderate and summarise […]

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Simulcast Journal Club Podcast 11 February Wrap

Welcome to the Simulcast Journal Club Podcast and monthly wrap post. Please read our pdf summary of the November Journal Club article, the month’s discussion and our expert commentary here.   Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month.  Hicks, C. and Petrosoniak, A.   “The Human Factor : Optimising Trauma Team Performance in Dynamic Clinical Environments ”  Emergency Medicine […]


Advances in Simulation: SESAM

Our next joint podcast with Advances in Simulation focused on the SESAM Conference.  SESAM is the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine, and hosts an annual conference.  This podcast was inspired by a blog post by Gabe Reedy highlighting the ‘best of’ work presented at SESAM 2017 in […]

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Simulcast Journal Club February 2018 – Sound and Fury

Introduction :   Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series that aims to encourage simulation educators to explore and learn from publications on Healthcare Simulation Education.  Each month we publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion.  Inspired by the ALiEM MEdIC series, we moderate and summarise […]


Advances in Simulation: Learning From Success

In the next of our series with Advances in Simulation, we consider Dieckmann et al.  Variation and adaptation: learning from success in patient safety-oriented simulation training  In their own words “we describe the learning from success (LFS) approach to simulation and debriefing. Drawing on several theoretical frameworks, we suggest supplementing […]

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Simulcast Journal Club Podcast 10 & November Wrap

Welcome to the Simulcast Journal Club Podcast and monthly wrap post. Please read our pdf summary of the November Journal Club article, the month’s discussion and our expert commentary here. In our November journal club podcast Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month – a classic debriefing article.   Rudolph, J., Raemer, D. and Simon, R. […]


ALiEM MEDiC X-over Wrap: The Case of the Difficult Debrief

In early November the Simulcast Team combined forces with the team behind the ALiEM MEdIC Series for a joint case discussion around “The Case of the Difficult Debrief”.  After a fantastic online discussion involving a number of simulation superstars, a summary of the case and the discussions were uploaded at the ALiEM Website here.  For those who […]

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Debrief 2 Learn X-over: Faculty Development

A highlight of my recent trip to Canada was meeting many simulation experts and enthusiasts.   Adam Cheng (@DocChenger) suggested we record a podcast on faculty development in simulation programs, as we also had Dawn Taylor Petersen from the University of Alabama and Ryan Brydges (@rbrydges) from the Wilson Centre at University of Toronto visiting.  We’re very pleased to release this podcast jointly […]


ep. 11 – Designing Better Sim Cases

Kyla Caners (@drcaners) from emsimcases.com was our guest on this Simulcast episode on scenario design. She and Jesse shared tips on knowing what you’re trying to achieve, planning the scenario, using templates, finding ‘supporting objects and ‘road testing’ and peer review for sim cases. Design requires a lot of attention to detail […]

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Simulcast Journal Club November 2017 – Sticks and Stones

Introduction :   Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series heavily inspired by the ALiEM MEdIC Series.  It aims to encourage simulation educators to explore and learn from publications on Healthcare Simulation Education.  Each month we publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion.  We moderate and summarise the discussion at the […]


Simulcast Journal Club Podcast 9 & October Wrap

  Welcome to the Simulcast Journal Club Podcast and monthly wrap post. Please read our pdf summary of the October Journal Club article, the month’s discussion and our expert commentary here. Two announcements to kick off our October Journal club podcast.  Check out the great work of Komal Baja and colleagues in […]

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ALiEM MEdIC – The Case of The Difficult Debrief

Those who participate in the Simulcast Journal Club would know we took inspiration from the brilliant case-based discussion format from Academic Life in EM’s Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series. This month marks the first exciting collaboration with the MEdIC team on The Case of the Difficult Debrief. Jump into […]


Pause & Discuss – The Harms Involved in Improving Patient Safety

Many healthcare simulation programs are aimed at improving patient safety, and yet these programs also carry their own safety risks – to participants, and to the institutions and patients whose safety we are trying to improve.  Ann Mullen joined us in this episode of Simulcast to discuss the Foundation for Simulation Safety – an initiative that she and Dan Raemer from Center for Medical […]

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Simulcast Journal Club October 2017 – Catherine Winterbottom’s 13th Birthday

Introduction :   Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series heavily inspired by the ALiEM MEdIC Series.  It aims to encourage simulation educators to explore and learn from publications on Healthcare Simulation Education.  Each month we publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion.  We moderate and summarise the discussion at the […]


Simulcast Journal Club Podcast 8 & September Wrap

Welcome to the Simulcast Journal Club Podcast and September monthly wrap post. Please read our pdf summary of the July Journal Club article, the month’s discussion and our expert commentary here. In our September journal club podcast Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month   Chung HS, Dieckmann P, Issenberg SB. It is time to consider cultural differences […]

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Advances in Simulation: Tracing the Prescription Journey

In the third of our series with Advances in Simulation, we discuss Tracing the prescription journey: a qualitative evaluation of an interprofessional simulation-based learning activity.  Cooke et al. evaluated an interprofesional simulation activity involving medical and pharmacy students, using a qualitative analysis. The simulation involved followed a patient journey from presentation in a community setting, through an assessment and prescribing process, to the dispensing […]


Simulcast Journal Club -The First Year ebook

What is it? This is our first ebook, a collection of the first 12 months of the Simulcast Journal Club, an online, open access journal club featuring healthcare simulation literature.  Each month includes the expert commentaries from a number of world renowned simulation experts. Why do we do it? The biggest single driver […]

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Official Broadcast: Australasian Simulation Congress – Serious Games Stream

Serious Games Stream Ben Symon covered the “Serious Games” stream at the Australasian Simulation Congress in Sydney. Serious Games “…are those designed for a primary purpose other than pure entertainment”.   The ASC included the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge – Australasia (SGSCA), with a number of outstanding entrants.  Dale Linegar convened the Games section of the ASC. He spoke to […]


Official Broadcast: Australasian Simulation Congress – Day 3 Wrap

Day 3 at the Australasian Simulation Congress in Sydney Victoria Brazil and Ben Symon hosted a wrap of Day 3 at the ASC.  Our coverage starts with a session on “Hands off teaching” with Rod Peadon and David Gillespie from Coffs Harbour.  We then covered the final health plenary on The future of healthcare simulation, involving some leading figures from the simulation community. Leonie […]

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Official Broadcast: Australasian Simulation Congress – The Exhibitors

The Exhibitors at ASC17 Victoria Brazil interviewed a series of industry exhibitors at the Australasian Simulation Congress in Sydney.  The podcast featured Graeme Foulds from Laerdal Australia, one of the main meeting sponsors, Charles Henden from the Valley General Hospital Virtual Hospital, and some defence simulation from Lockheed Martin.


Official Broadcast: Australasian Sim Congress – Standardised Patients with Cathy Smith

ASPE and Simulated Patients with Cathy Smith at ASC 2017  Simulated Patient methodology has been featured in a number of sessions at the Australasian Simulation Congress in Sydney  Victoria Brazil spoke with Cathy Smith, the member of ASPE – the Association of Standardised Patient Educators . We discussed some hot topics in […]

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Official Broadcast: Australasian Sim Congress – Day 2 Wrap

Day 2 at the Australasian Simulation Congress in Sydney  Victoria Brazil and Ben Symon hosted a wrap of Day 2 at the ASC, with a focus on Serious Games and interprofessional education.  Jeffrey Brand from Bond University gave an insight into the panel discussion and the state of the art […]


Official Broadcast: Australasian Sim Congress – In Situ Sim

In situ simulation at the Australasian Simulation Congress in Sydney  Victoria Brazil and Ben Symon interviewed panelists from the final plenary for Day 1 at the ASC  We heard from Alison Michaels and Steph Barwick about their Popup simulation program in Brisbane, and Cameron Knott from Victoria about how ISS […]

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Official Broadcast: Australasian Sim Congress – Day 1 Wrap

Day 1 at the Australasian Simulation Congress in Sydney Victoria Brazil and Ben Symon hosted a wrap of Day 1 at the ASC, with a focus on teamwork and In situ Simulation.  Keynote speaker Eduardo Salas presented the highlights of 30 years of teamwork research, and we interviewed him after […]


Advances in Simulation: From Research to Policy, How Much Evidence is Enough?

In the second of our series with Advances in Simulation, we consider Ryan Brydges 2016 editorial – From simulation research to education policy: how much evidence is enough?   In this article he considers the question – What level of evidence is required for translation of healthcare simulation research to policy? or institutional practice ?  Ryan uses the specific example […]

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Simulcast Journal Club September 2017 – Trouble in Paradise

Introduction :   Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series heavily inspired by the ALiEM MEdIC Series.  It aims to encourage simulation educators to explore and learn from publications on Healthcare Simulation Education.  Each month we publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion.  We moderate and summarise the discussion at the […]


Simulcast Journal Club Podcast – Ultrasound Special Edition

Resa Lewiss (@ultrasoundREL) joined Simulcast for this month’s journal club – reviewing a paper focused on the use of simulation for assessment of point of care ultrasound (POCUS) skills.  Resa is an emergency physician, self described ‘global soul’, and experienced educator and thought leader in POCUS.  The paper discussed was […]

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Simulcast Book Review – ‘Healthcare Simulation Education: Evidence Theory and Practice’

Michelle Kelly (@KellyKelmich) was our guest on Simulcast for the inaugural Book Review, discussing Healthcare Simulation Education: Evidence Theory and Practice – a recently published textbook for the simulation practitioner.   Editors Debral Nestel, Michelle Kelly, Brian Jolly and Marcus Watson have drawn together a diverse range of authors to produce […]


Simulcast Journal Club Podcast 7 & July Wrap

Welcome to the Simulcast Journal Club Podcast and July monthly wrap post. Please read our pdf summary of the July Journal Club article, the month’s discussion and our expert commentary here. In our July journal club podcast Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month.  Peterson, Dawn Taylor PhD; Watts, […]

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ep. 9 – The Trojan Horse of Simulation

The dasSMACC (social medial and critical care) conference was recently held in Berlin. Simulation was a theme woven throughout the conference, and we thought a simulcast episode recapping on some of the messages and themes was timely. Smacc has arguably redefined the way we think about medical conferences – great […]


Advances in Simulation and Simulcast Collaborative

Simulcast is pleased to announce a collaboration with Advances in Simulation, an open access simulation journal based in Europe. In this interview with Editor in Chief Professor Debra Nestel (@DebraNestel), we profile the content, people and philosophy of the journal. Debra is already a friend of Simulcast, and wrote the […]

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Simulcast Journal Club July 2017 – Who Watches the Watchmen?

Introduction :  Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series heavily inspired by the ALiEM MEdIC Series.  It aims to encourage simulation educators to explore and learn from publications on Healthcare Simulation Education.  Each month we publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion.  We moderate and […]


Simulcast Journal Club Podcast 6 & June 2017 Wrap

In an effort to streamline blog posts, we are continuing a merged Journal Club Podcast and monthly wrap post. Please read our pdf summary of the May Journal Club article, the month’s discussion and our expert commentary here   In our June journal club podcast Ben and Vic discuss the paper […]

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Pause & Discuss – Silver-Q Interprofessional Simulation Program

Norma Robinson leads an interprofessional simulation program involving medical students from University of Queensland Rural Clinical School and nursing students from the University of Southern Queensland. The program is based in Toowoomba but has now been scaled up to include students from many part of rural southern and central Queensland. […]


SimHaus at DASSMACC

Sara-Catrin Cook joined me for short chat about all things sim at smacc. Sara is part of a group who has put together a comprehensive simulation theme woven through the conference, including the SIMHaus – a showcase within the Tempdrom where attendees can meet and talk to other simulation enthusiasts […]

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Simulcast Journal Club June 2017 – Beer Pressure

Introduction :  Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series heavily inspired by the ALiEM MEdIC Series.  It aims to encourage simulation educators to explore and learn from publications on Healthcare Simulation Education.  Each month we publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion.  We moderate and […]


Simulcast Journal Club Podcast 5 & May 2017 Wrap

In an effort to streamline blog posts, we are continuing a merged Journal Club Podcast and monthly wrap post. Please read our pdf summary of the May Journal Club article, the month’s discussion and our expert commentary here   In our May journal club podcast Ben and Vic discuss the papers […]

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ep. 8 – Live. Die. Repeat. Gamification of simulation training

This month we turned our focus to simulation delivery formats, and in particular a novel approach described recently. Sunga K, Sandefur B, Asirvatham U, et al. LIVE. DIE. REPEAT: a novel instructional method incorporating recursive objective-based gameplay in an emergency medicine simulation curriculum BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning 2016;2:124-126. […]


Simulcast Journal Club May 2017 – Hard Outcomes

Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series heavily inspired by the ALiEM MEdIC Series.  It aims to encourage simulation educators to explore and learn from publications on Healthcare Simulation Education.  Each month we publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion.  We moderate and summarise the […]

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Simulcast Journal Club Podcast 4 & April 2017 Wrap

In an effort to streamline blog posts, we are trialling a merged Journal Club Podcast and monthly wrap post. There were some great responses from our journal clubbers this month, and we have a non-judgemental expert commentary from debriefing maestro, Dr Adam Cheng. Please read our pdf summary of the article, the month’s […]


ep 7. Moulage and Making Stuff

This episode was a ‘mix tape’ of moulage and other techniques to achieve physical realism in simulations – including procedural and anatomy teaching Clare Scott offered her considerable expertise in moulage and making bespoke manikins for trauma simulations. She emphasized keeping in simple, keeping it real and doing your research – online […]

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Simulcast Journal Club April 2017 – Hello Old Friend

Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series heavily inspired by the ALiEM MEdIC Series.  It aims to encourage simulation educators to explore and learn from publications on Healthcare Simulation Education.  Each month we publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion.  We moderate and summarise the discussion at the end of […]