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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 […]


Simulcast Journal Club Podcast 3

In our March journal club podcast Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month Marshall, S. D. (2017) “Helping experts and expert teams perform under duress: an agenda for cognitive aid research.” Anaesthesia, 72: 289–295. doi:10.1111/anae.13707. We shared some highlights from the online discussion, and Ben’s pdf summary is also included here. There’s more to a good […]

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Journal Club Summary March 2017 – Coffee, Checklists and Self Flagellation

Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series heavily 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 the discussion at the end of the month, including exploring the opinions of experts from the field. For March we discussed […]


Pause & Discuss – Translational Sim (VB as Guest)

I shifted to the other side of the mic a couple of weeks ago – as interviewee. I had spoken at a breakfast meeting of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, and was then interviewed by Anthony Frangi of @popupradioAU about Translational Simulation – my take on how we […]

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Pause & Discuss – Are you Experienced? Recruiting for ISS Debriefing Study.

There is increasing use of ‘in situ’ simulation (ISS) – conducted in the actual care environment – as a healthcare simulation modality. This method supports teamwork training, process improvement and the identification of safety threats related to the environment or care systems within that real clinical environment.1,2 The shared reflective […]


ep 6. Fellowship of the Sim – Training to be a Simulationista

Learning to be an effective simulation educator is a challenge. Education theory and practice, technical aspects and leadership are just some of the knowledge and skills involved. In this episode of Simulcast we were joined by Demian Szyld, (pronounced ‘shield’…….. “like the weapon” he told me).  Demian (@demianszyld)  is the […]

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Simulcast Journal Club Podcast 2

In our February journal club podcast Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month “Communication in interdisciplinary teams: exploring closed-loop communication during in situ trauma team training”. We shared some highlights from the online discussion, and Ben’s pdf summary is also included here. In short, it seems there’s more to communication skills training than […]


Simulcast Journal Club March 2017 – Coffee, Checklists and Self Flagellation

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 […]

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Simulcast Journal Club February 2017 – Would You Like Fries With That?

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 1

Happy New Year from Simulcast We’ve really enjoyed the Journal Club at Simulcast over the last 6 months. A great array of articles, insightful comments from readers and nice perspectives from expert contributors, and brilliantly curated by Ben Symon. We hope it’s another way to bring the healthcare simulation community […]

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Journal Club Summary November 2016 – Dancing the Quickstep

Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series heavily 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 the discussion at the end of the month, including exploring the opinions of experts from the field. […]


Pause & Discuss – APMSH Day 2 with Lance Baily of SimGHOSTS

Day 2 of the Asia Pacific Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (APMSH) with Lance Baily   On Day 2 of APMSH I attended a fascinating workshop with Lance Baily of SimGhosts and Healthy Simulation fame. Lance works in Las Vegas and has established a global reputation in the technical aspects […]

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Pause & Discuss – APMSH Day 1

Day 1 of the Asia Pacific Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (APMSH) with Kathy Adams and Jesika Gavilanes A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Asia Pacific Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (APMSH) in Singapore. I gave a talk on some of the in situ ‘translational’ simulation work […]


ep 5. Put the Rubber to the Road – In Situ Simulation

Be open and honest with the team about the true objectives you are trying to achieve. When these are focused on doing better for the patient, people will join the ride. Case: You’ve been running fortnightly scenarios in the nearby simulation centre. These are part of the resident training program […]

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Simulcast Journal Club November 2016 – Dancing the Quickstep

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 […]


Journal Club Summary October 2016 – An Act of Betrayal

Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series heavily 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 the discussion at the end of the month, including exploring the opinions of experts from the field. […]

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ep 4. The Safe Container for Simulation

Make the unpredictable, predictable enough Case: We considered this an all too familiar case study…… You’re facilitating a sim session in your ED. The junior docs and the nurses arrive,  a few straggle in late. You do a nice RTR (Round the room) but everyone seems a bit anxious and they are shifting in their […]


Pause & Discuss – 3 from Vic at Aus Sim Congress

1 – Pause and Discuss with Jessica Stokes-Parish Jessica Stokes-Parish (@j_stokesparish) was a co-convenor for the 2016 Australasian Simulation Congress. In this short interview on Day 1 we talked about the highlights of the conference so far, and her work on women speakers at conferences and women in STEM more […]

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Simulcast Journal Club October 2016 – An Act of Betrayal

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 will publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion.  We will […]


Journal Club Summary September 2016 – Theory of Evolution

Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series heavily 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 the discussion at the end of the month, including exploring the opinions of experts from the field. […]

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ep 3. Getting Started in Simulation Research

Read widely and join the conversation Case You’ve got your sim program up and running. The sessions are regular and you’ve managed to find a time when the doctors and nurses can both come. You’ve mastered the technical stuff well enough and you’ve run some cracker scenarios. Your debriefing is […]


Simulcast Journal Club September 2016 – The Theory of Evolution

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 will publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion.  We will […]

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Journal Club Summary August 2016 – Debriefer Knows Best

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 […]


ep2. Eppich Debriefing

Debriefing is a social event – wisdom from Walter Eppich   Case: Ellen felt anxious walking into the debrief room. The ED team had just finished an in situ simulation where the focus was on rapid sequence intubation (RSI) in head injury, and using the new intubation checklist. This was […]

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U.S. Navy aviation ordnancemen debrief after completing an event during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in the Gulf of Oman June 19, 2013. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs/Released)

Simulcast Journal Club August 2016 – Debriefer Knows Best

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


Pause & Discuss – Australasian Simulation Congress with Julian van Dijk

This is the first in what will be ad hoc mini-episodes in which we pause and discuss a topic of interest in the simulation community, highlight upcoming conferences, grab vox pop style interviews with great simulationistas and generally stop, take five and appraise the landscape. Collaboration is vital for successful […]

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ep1. The Future Vision of Simulation in Health Care. Are We There Yet?

Case:  You have been asked to develop a five-year strategic plan for simulation services in your hospital. Through your literature review you recall an article by David Gaba, ‘The future vision of simulation in healthcare’. All your dreams have been answered. In 2004 Gaba mapped the dimensions of organisational applications of simulation. You are thrilled […]


Welcome Inside Simulcast

We are very pleased to be launching a new podcast and blog dedicated exclusively to health care simulation. So what can you expect from Simulcast? A monthly 30 minute podcast with expert guests discussing case-oriented solutions to a simulation question, drawing on the best available evidence when it exists and […]

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