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Atul Malhotra and Arunaz Kumar joined Vic to speak about their work delivering obstetric and neonatal simulation workshops in India, and their recent article in Advances in Simulation. We talked about ONE-Sim – Obstetric Neonatal Emergency Simulation – workshops conducted in LMIC, Australia, and online. Atul and Arunaz have reflected on the process and outcomes in the paper, and we talked about the interplay of generic principles in simulation delivery, with context adaptation.   Impressive work, and […]

143 Advances in Simulation: ONE-Sim in Southern India



Is rapid cycle deliberate practice a better way to train for paediatric cardiac arrest? How can simulation and ‘institutional ethnography’ be used to explore ‘latent social threats’ in healthcare? Ben and Vic discuss these papers in our November journal club, as well as an amazing technical report on VR modelling to improve surgeons preparation for complex neurosurgical procedures, and […]

141 Journal Club Podcast November 2021





Ben and Vic kicked off this episode talking about some upcoming healthcare simulation events – NYSIM Hot topics virtual symposium October 22nd (USA) , The ASPIH ‘Moving Upstream’ conference 8th – 10th November (UK), and the RCPSC 2021 Simulation Summit, November 4th and 5th (Canada)  We gave some shout outs to friends of Simulcast who’ve joined us in Twitter conversations and […]

138 Journal Club Podcast October 2021



There is a new journal on the block. The International Journal of Healthcare Simulation – Advances in Theory and Practice is led by Editor in Chief Debra Nestel AM and “provides a forum to share scholarly practice for advances in simulation across diverse applications in health and social care.” Peer viewed, and open access, IJOHS is jointly owned by […]

137 New Journal – International Journal of Healthcare Simulation



We recorded the September Journal Club during Healthcare Simulation Week – a chance to reflect on the amazing work of the healthcare simulation community.   Our first paper showcased the work of the STEPs (Simulation To Enhance Patient Safety) team at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth. Rory Trawber et al. write about Improving Simulation Accessibility in a Hospital Setting […]

135 Journal Club Podcast September 2021



This special episode is s joint release from Simulcast and The Emergency Mind podcast, with Vic talking with co-hosts Dan Dworkis and Andrea Austin.  We start by discussing what Dan and Andrea mean by ‘Emergency Mind’ – “Leveraging the mental models and lessons from his own practice of emergency medicine—as well as from experts in the military, business, and athletic worlds—how […]

134 Simulcast Emergency Mind Crossover


In the August Journal Club episode Ben and Vic look at articles involving the clinical outcomes from simulation training, trauma team leadership and serious games. We applauded a study looking at the association of simulation training with rates of medical malpractice claims among obstetrician–gynaecologists. This segued nicely into discussion of return on Investment for QI/ educational interventions offer to us by Shah and […]

133 Journal Club Podcast August 2021


How should we design and deliver healthcare Simulation Fellowships?   In this episode of the podcast we discuss the thoughtful approach taken by Michael  Meguerdichian, Komal Bajaj and Katie Walker at NYHHC Sim, and their recent paper on the topic in Advances in Simulation – Fundamental underpinnings of simulation education: describing a four-component instructional design approach to healthcare simulation fellowships.  We […]

132 Advances in Simulation: FUSE for Fellowships




We know that simulation debriefing can be hard. Poor facilitation risks psychological safety breaches or simply ineffective conversations. Faculty development probably helps us improve, especially if its part of a community of practice. The Meta Debrief Club in NHS Lothian draws on these principles in their monthly ‘debrief the debrief’ sessions.  Ed Mellanby, Nathan Oliver and Chris Schnieke-Kind offer us the story of how the Meta Debrief […]

130 Meta Debrief Club


Practising communication, with good feedback, helps us get better at our jobs in healthcare. This is especially important for ‘high stakes communication’ (but really is there any other kind 😊). In this episode of Simulcast, Vic speaks with Laura Rock about her recent paper – Communication as a High-Stakes Clinical Skill: “Just-in-Time” Simulation and Vicarious Observational Learning […]

129 Just-in-time Sim for Communication, with Laura Rock



Ben and Vic are joined by Eve Purdy this month to discuss the UK national strategy for simulation, how to prepare for for systems-based simulation (the ‘pre-work phase’) , cultural consideration in simulation debriefing, and how simulations in ACLS training may perpetuate gender bias in emergency medicine.  We give a shout out to ASPiH, the UK based learned sociality for healthcare simulation, […]

128 Journal Club Monthly Podcast May 2021



Ben and Vic dive into video supported feedback of actual resuscitations in this months Simulcast Journal Club. We review 2 papers on the topic – Filming for auditing of real-life emergency teams: a systematic review – and a case study of a Canadian emergency department experience – Ethical, legal and administrative implications of the use of video and audio recording . In […]

126 Journal Club Monthly Podcast April 2021



Vic is joined by Susan Eller to review the highlights form the recent SESAM (Society for Simulation in Europe) conference. They pick our messages from the keynote speakers including Vicki LeBlanc, Patrea Andresen, Cristina Diaz-Navarro, and Doris Ostergaard. There are also some reflections on how to run a great virtual conference, and trends in using simulation for systems. Congrats to Marc Lazarovici , […]

125 Simulcast at SESAM Conference 2021



This month Ben and Vic discuss articles about engaging with children, parents and caregivers in healthcare simulation – as educators, as simulated patients and as learners in sim.  Ben shares his own experience in  partnering with consumers , and of others in developing “paediatric patient-focused and family-focused simulations”  Vic reviews a qualitative exploratory analysis […]

123 Journal Club Monthly Podcast March 2021



In our latest episode in the collaboration with Advances in Simulation, Vic speaks with Christina Condon and Suzanne Gough, two of the authors on a recent paper on VR simulation for clinical care of patients with respiratory conditions. We talk about research process, VR modalities, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and future direction for research in the field of […]

122 Advances in Simulation: Virtual Reality in Clinical Care


This month Ben and Vic review a landmark paper on fidelity in simulation –   Hamstra S, Brydges R, Hatala R et al. Reconsidering Fidelity in Simulation-Based Training. Academic Medicine 2014;89:387-392.  – and attempt to summarise the excellent discussion this month. Reconsidering our terminology and renewing our focus on learning tasks were recurring themes.  Our next […]

Journal Club Monthly Podcast February 2021





Mentors can be powerful influences on our careers – in simulation and more broadly. In this episode Vic talks with Resa E Lewiss and Adaira Landry about mentors and mentoring – why and how. The pandemic has also highlighted We reflect on some thoughtful personal stories of mentoring from three friends of Simulcast – Gabe Reedy, Sonia Twigg and Kari White. […]

118 Mentoring for the Simulation Practitioner


This month we discussed Kerrey et al. Developing a Profile of Procedural Expertise: A Simulation Study of Tracheal Intubation Using 3-Dimensional Motion Capture.    Ben and Vic summarised the article and online discussion, and took a deep dive into procedural skills simulation.  We reviewed a paper by the PEARL group at Stanford on 3D printed simulator for closed reduction of distal radius fractures, […]

116 Journal Club Monthly Podcast October 2020



In this episode Vic is joined by Robbie Llyod and Alex Jolly to talk about Project Wingman – an insitu simulation program in the UK that involves airline pilots as co-debriefers and coaches.  Robbie is an emergency medicine senior trainee and fellow podcaster (check out Pondermed) who is undertaking a year as an Education Fellow at the Whittington hospital  . […]

115 Project Wingman – What can pilots really teach ...


Welcome to the first episode of Simulation 101 – and what better place to start than the pre-brief!   Have you ever been involved in a simulation where you didn’t really know what to do? Had the awkward feeling where you didn’t know what was ‘real’ or what was allowed?   In this […]

114 Sim 101: The Pre-Brief





This month we discussed “Leung, J.S., Brar, M., Eltorki, M. et al. Development of an in situ simulation-based continuing professional development curriculum in pediatric emergency medicine. Adv Simul 5, 12 (2020).  Ben and I recap on the paper and the online discussion, Including the expert contributions from James Leung, the first author  An we reviewed 3 extra papers – two looking at different ways healthcare […]

111 Journal Club Monthly August 2020




This month we discussed “How to include medical students in your healthcare simulation centre workforce” by Viggers et. Al. We have already recorded a wonderful episode with Sandra on this paper that can be found here….  Ben and I recap on the paper and the online discussion, as well as the expert opinion […]

109 Journal Club Monthly Podcast July 2019


In this latest episode in our collaboration with Advances in Simulation, Vic speaks with Sandra Viggers (@StarSkaterDk) about her recent paper and the program she describes for involving medial student sin the simulation mission at her institution in Copenhagen.  We were joined by South African anaesthetist Rowan Duys (@HealthThink) and discuss the recruitment, roles and professional […]

108 Advances in Simulation: How to include medical students in ...




The COVID intubation box, a hot topic on social media – is it safe or effective?  Jessica (not Jesse…) hosts her first podcast with guests Jonathan Begley, Albert Chan and Vic Brazil exploring a new paper in Anaesthesia – An aerosol box for intubation in COVID-19 patients: an in-situ simulation crossover study. <link https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/anae.15115 >  We cover why […]

106 The COVID-19 Intubation Box


Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month(s) – Cheng, A et al  A Conceptual Framework for the Development of Debriefing Skills.  – and attempt to summarise the brilliant discussion from the blog comments. Read the summary here We discuss the elements of ‘good debriefing’, reflect on the value of having a conceptual framework for […]

105 Simulcast Journal Club Monthly Podcast May 2020


Vic spoke with (Dr) Jess Stokes-Parish and Steph Barwick about the ‘Women in Simulation’ Initiative within Simulation Australasia. Diversity is important in professional communities and Steph and Jess explained a bit about the background to this initiative, the work so far and how this can positively influence policy and support diversity […]

104 Women in Simulation



Can simulation be ‘too real’? Can this ‘hyper-reality’ actually have negative impacts on learning?  Vic takes a deep breath and dives into theory with the team from Queens University Belfast, including Jenny Johnston, Helen Reid and Gerry Gormley. We discuss their recent Medical Education article – Into the uncanny valley: simulation versus simulacrum?   Eve Purdy joined the chat to […]

103 Simulation or Simulacrum: Can Simulation Be Too Real?


This month Ben and Vic discuss 4 papers, in a bit of a variation to our usual format.  In the first paper, the authors compare VR and ‘live’ team-based simulation for interprofessional student groups, and suggest these modalities have the same outcome, as measured by performance on a team communication assessment. Next we discuss Natarajah and colleagues’ brilliant work […]

102 – Simulcast Journal Club Monthly Podcast April 2020





In this next instalment in our collaboration with Advances in Simulation, Ben speaks with Dr Barbara Walsh and discussant Dr Ben Lawton (@paedsem) regarding how to bring simulation to the masses.  Community-based in situ simulation: bringing simulation to the masses  Authors: Barbara M. Walsh, Marc A. Auerbach, Marcie N. Gawel, Linda L. Brown, Bobbi J. Byrne and […]

99 – Advances in Simulation: Bringing Sim to the Masses






Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month and consider the learning impact for active participants versus observers in sim. Vic stumbles her way through explaining a meta-analysis…  Delisle, M., Ward, M., Pradarelli, J., Panda, N., Howard, J. and Hannenberg, A. (2019). Comparing the Learning Effectiveness of Healthcare Simulation in the Observer Versus […]

94 – Simulcast Journal Club Monthly Wrap Podcast November/December 2019





In the latest instalment of our Advances in Simulation (@AdvinSimulation) series, Vic was joined by Nora Colman (@noracolman) and Sue Barnes to discuss how simulation can be used to plan and test new healthcare facilities and systems.  They each brought immense personal experience to their publications, and we discussed ways to smooth the paths for others with […]

91 – Advances in Simulation: Sim for clinical systems and ...



We share some highlights of the #SimCongress19 held on the Gold Coast, Australia. The episode includes thoughtful reflections from our own Ben Symon, an interview with Tash Yates (@DrTashY)  about simulation to shape resilience in medical students, and Ian Summers (@IanMeducator)  on the conference highlights.  Thinking about conferences in 2020? Some links to the events Vic […]

90 – Simulcast at ASC19 Montage



At our live ‘Simulcast presents..” session at the Australasian Simulation Congress, Vic interviewed Sarah Janssens (@SJanssensSimOG), an Obstetrician / Gynaecologist ad simulation leader from the Mater Hospital. They speak about Sarah’s research on shared leadership in maternity teams – including models of leadership, measures of team performance, and what it means for how […]

88 – Simulcast Presents at ASC19 – Leadership with Sarah ...








Looking for great online simulation education resources for yourself or for your team’s faculty development?   In this episode Vic speaks with Christina Choung (@ckchoung) and Karen Schafer (@KarenShafer) from Vancouver Coastal Health about their new resources at https://bcsimulation.ca/  (you can also get there via https://simulation.vchlearn.ca/ )  We talked about the content of these modules, the challenges of faculty development, and some lessons learned […]

83 – FOAMsim and Online Learning with VCHlearn


The Australasian Simulation Congress is on 2nd–5th September at the Gold Coast. Check out the website-https://www.simulationcongress.com/ Vic spoke to Sharon Clipperton (@sjclipperton), the Congress convenor about the keynote speakers, abstracts and other highlights of the event. We also spoke with Komal Bajaj (@KomalBajajMD) about her talk–change, sustainability and ‘new power’ […]

82 – Australasian Sim Congress 2019 Preview



You’ve arrived at the place to get involved with Simulcast’s celebration of Healthcare Simulation Week 2019. In terms of format – please submit a short (under 3 minutes) audio recording (mp3 preferably) telling us a bit about what you and your team are doing in simulation or related activities (QI, […]

81 – Healthcare Simulation Week 2019


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,   Bochatay, N., Bajwa, N., Blondon, K., Junod Perron, N., Cullati, S. and Nendaz, M. (2019). Exploring group boundaries and conflicts: a social identity […]

80 – Simulcast Journal Club Podcast Monthly Wrap July 2019


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 papers of the month, including expert commentary from Kristian Krogh. Eve Purdy, Charlotte Alexander, Melissah Caughley, Shane Bassett, Victoria Brazil. Identifying […]

79 – Simulcast Journal Club Podcast Monthly Wrap June 2019




“You suck at airway” – Scott Don’t play the anesthesiologist’s game.  For most emergency, critical care and prehospital providers, airway management is rare and episodic, providing little opportunity for practice, improvement and skill development.  Master one technique, know it cold: Scott talks single-technique mastery and first-pass success, anywhere other than […]

ResusTO ep. 4 – Critical Airway Management and Mindset (CRAMM). ...






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, including expert commentary from Stuart Rose.  Hollingsworth, C., Wesley, C., Huckridge, J., Finn, G. and Griksaitis, M. (2017). Impact of […]

77 – Simulcast Journal Club Podcast Monthly Wrap April 2019




‘Non-technical skill’ is not a great term for the range of skills and behaviours we expect of our healthcare professionals. It also belies a not so subtle hierarchy of skills where ‘hard’, technical, ‘medical expertise’ are afforded primacy, sometimes to the detriment of our patient care.  Our latest collaborative podcast with Advances […]

76 – Advances in Simulation: Words Matter


Another debriefing course! Who benefits?  Kristian Krogh, Albert Chan, and Nancy McNaughton    Many health professional educators attend courses on simulation debriefing, but do they actually perform better as simulation debriefers as a result?   Writing in Advances in Simulation, Kristian Krogh (@DrKrogh), Albert Chan (@gaseousXchange) and Nancy McNaughton (@uto_nancy) provoke us to consider this issue in their commentary – Another debriefing course! […]

75 – Advances in Simulation: Another Debriefing Course! Who Benefits?




Our final podcast from IMSH starts with a deep dive in to how simulation might help us ‘train’ more comprehensive leadership skills and behaviours – not just in the resus room, but rather in quality improvement and change management. @davidgrantsim , President of @SESAMSimulation , spoke to Vic on the topic.   Ben then turned our attention to followership […]

73 – Ben & Vic at IMSH with David Grant, ...


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, including expert commentary from Ann Mullen (@keepsimsafe)  Schroeder J, O’Neal C, Jagneaux T. “Practically Saline”. J Investig Med High Impact Case Rep. 2015;3(4):2324709615618980 […]

72 – Simulcast Journal Club Podcast Monthly Wrap February 2019



Our third podcast from IMSH starts with a focus on disruptive innovation, big data and artificial intelligence, based on the opening plenary by Joel Selanikio (@jselanikio) who also gave a TeD talk on the topic. Vic had a fan girl moment speaking to Ron Harden, living legend of medical education and General secretary of AMEE, abut his reactions […]

71 – Ben & Vic at IMSH with Ron Harden, ...


Our second podcast from #IMSH2019 features a deep dive on Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice with Bram Welch-Horan (@DrBramPedsER ), and some reflections on the topic from Belinda Lowe (@Belinda_J_Lowe ), Bond University Simulation Fellow.  We then shifted focus to research and publishing in simulation with Michelle Kelly (@KellyKelmich )   summarising the session on […]

70 – Ben & Vic at IMSH with Bram Welch-Horan, ...


In this special edition of Simulcast, we feature three articles on simulation applied to point of care ultrasound (POCUS).  Vic visited the team at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Ultrasound Division (@jeff_sono) in Philadelphia, led by Dr Resa E. Lewiss (@ultrasoundREL)    Resa chose 3 articles for us to review, each focused on different aspects of using simulation for POCUS education. These have obvious […]

69 – Journal Club Special Edition Sim & Sonography with ...







The International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) will be in San Antonio, TX, USA in January 26-30th, 2019.   Simulcast has partnered with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) to cover the event for our listeners, and Ben and Vic will be bringing you the highlights of plenary talks, research updates and the […]

65 – Simulcast Goes To IMSH


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, including expert commentary from Dr Marc Berg.  Resuscitation Education Science: Educational Strategies to Improve Outcomes From Cardiac […]

64 – Simulcast Journal Club Podcast Monthly Wrap October 2018




In situ simulation is increasingly popular for all the right reasons – highly realistic training with opportunities for team and systems testing. We’ve recognized there are risks, especially disruption of service and physical safety. But what about those patient and families ‘exposed’ to ISS? What do they think about it? What are their risks? And what […]

62 – Healthcare Consumers and In Situ Simulation


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, including expert commentary from Dr Gabriel Reedy (@gabereedy).  Cheng, A., Palaganas, J., Eppich, W., Rudolph, J., Robinson, T. and […]

61 – Simulcast Journal Club Podcast Monthly Wrap September 2018


A special cross-publication with the Center for Medical Simulation https://harvardmedsim.org/blog/victoria-brazil-translational-simulation/  Victoria Brazil: Translational Simulation Since the start of the modern simulation era, many in the healthcare simulation community have taken a “Field of Dreams” approach to our simulation efforts, believing, like the character Ray Kinsella in the movie of the […]

60 – CMS & Simulcast Translational Sim



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. This month’s journal club podcast was a special live recording from on stage at Don’t Forget the Bubbles conference in Melbourne. Ben, Victoria […]

59 -Simulcast Journal Club Podcast Monthly Wrap August 2018






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 […]

55 – AR/VR in Healthcare Simulation


  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 […]

54 – SSIH Sim Ops Pause & Discuss




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 […]

52 – Rapport with Jenny Rudolph




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 Podcast 12 Monthly 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 […]

Simulcast Journal Club Podcast 11 February Wrap


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 […]

Advances in Simulation: SESAM



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 […]

Advances in Simulation: Learning From Success