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SSH Research Summit
Beyond Our Boundaries
January 27-28, 2017

Today simulation is used in many areas of healthcare to teach medical professionals
and guide researchers with the ultimate goal of improving patient safety.

Tomorrow? Well, that’s the question...

At SSH’s Research Summit, January 27-28, 2017, we’ll attempt to answer that question with two days of discussion, debate, networking and, above all, opportunity. We’ll explore ways in which we can shape the future of healthcare simulation by looking beyond our present boundaries to what we should, or even more excitingly, could, be doing.

How can tomorrow’s simulation methods address the present concerns of healthcare instructors and providers? How can simulation in different areas of healthcare be enhanced by other technologies in ways that we may not yet have considered? And what will the role of patients be in this rapidly changing landscape? Finally, how can we learn from what the leaders in our profession are doing today?

Join us as we investigate…
  • How research and methods from other domains can inform the present concerns of healthcare instructors and providers
  • How simulation in healthcare can be enhanced by technologies in ways that we may not yet have considered
  • The impact of simulation on patients, programmatic research, cost-benefit analyses, return on investment and reduction of risk
  • How to move the potential of simulation into the hands of patients and consumers
  • What we can learn from current leaders in our profession

Friday, January 27, 2017


Registration 7:00 AM –6:00 PM
Opening Plenary/Keynote Speaker “Let Patients Help
By Dave deBronkart
9:00 –9:45 AM

In November, for the first time, the Harvard Business Review wrote about the need to redefine patients' role in healthcare, and NPR aired a piece on patients directing some medical research. Four years after the IOM said care must be "anchored on patient needs and perspectives," the world is indeed changing. What is the modern clinician to do, if the future involves things they were never trained on?

Cancer survivor "e-Patient Dave" is a career veteran of high tech marketing who has seen much change and knows how to discuss it in meaningful terms. He will share his story and his vision for what he calls "the arriving future."

Break 9:45 – 10:00 AM
Panel 1: Theory/Theoretical Frameworks:
By Professor Ian Curran, Martin V. Pusic MD PhD and Ilene Harris PhD

This panel presentation will kick off the 2017 SSH Research Summit, Beyond Our Boundaries. The panel has three addresses delivered by prominent simulation education scholars. Talks and discussion will focus on The Learning Curve Framework in Simulation Education Research (Martin Pusic, MD, PhD); Paradigms, Paradoxes, and Prejudices (Ian Curran, MBBS, FRCA); and Conceptual Frameworks and Best Practices from Theories of Learning (Ilene Harris, PhD). The session and its individual presentations will underscore psychologist Kurt Lewin’s statement in 1945, “nothing is as practical as a good theory.”
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Panel 2: Simulation-Based Assessment: Broadening our Conceptions of Valid and Valuable:
By David A. Cook, MD, Jack R. Boulet, Ph.D and Lambert Schuwirth, MD PhD

Assessment Panel two will share implications from recent conceptual advances in assessment relevant to simulation – e.g., on assessment for learning, the broader consequences of assessment activities, and innovations in scoring and minimization of measurement error.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Panel 3: Context-based Research:
By Dr. Jose J. Padilla, Harry Robinson, PhD and LtCol Walt Yates, Marine Corps

Panel three will discuss the latest innovations, technologies, research and findings in the area of context-based research using live, virtual and constructive (LVC) simulation. LVC, the label used to identify the U.S. DoD’s approach to simulation-based training, has a long history of development and real-world application. The principles behind LVC may be useful in the healthcare simulation realm. LVC researchers, developers, and users will participate in the panel, and provide their insights into the value of the approach and where there is value to healthcare simulation. Colonel Walt Yates, Training Systems Program Manager for the U.S. Marine Corps, will speak to how his service’s adoption and use of LVC over the past 20 years has impacted performance.   
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Panel 4: Simulation-based evaluation of healthcare practices and technology:
By Elizabeth Baron, VR, Matthew B. Weinger, MD and Michael E. Wiklund

This panel will share cutting-edge conceptual advances in simulation-based assessment. Dr. Jack Boulet will explore recent innovations in assessment scoring practices, while Dr. David Cook will challenge us to consider a fuller range of consequences that can result from assessments – and to think through how best to design assessments for maximum positive impact.
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Break 3:00 – 3:30 PM
Panel 5: Improving healthcare safety through simulation:
By Jennifer J Adams, MD, Terry Fairbanks, MD MS and David Gaba

Panel five will discuss learning from mistakes, examining high reliability systems, and resilience engineering.
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Panel 6: Linking Simulation to Improved Outcomes (Learner and Patient) and ROI:
By Jared M. Kutzin, DNP, MS, MPH, RN, CPPS, CPHQ, CHSOS, NEA-BC, Dr. Amar Patel, DHSc, MS, NRP and John Vozenilek, MD

Panel six will connect the dots between simulation and cost-benefit analyses, Return On Investment (ROI), Key Performance Indicators (KPI), reduction of risk, and research.
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Research Summit Reception 5:30 – 7:00 PM


Saturday, January 28, 2017


Panel 7: Patient-centered simulation systems:
By Mary Mancini, RN, PhD, NE-BC, FAHA, ANEF, FAAN, Jane Lindsay Miller, Ph.D and Rick D. McKenzie, Ph.D

Panel seven will focus on the application of simulation based research and education to improve patient and family centered care. Topics include direct application of simulation for patients and families, simulation-based methodology, research opportunities, and outcomes that impact patient outcomes and safety.
8:00 – 9:00 AM
Panel 8: Establishing Collaborative Research Networks:
By Marc Auerbach, MD MSci, Vinay Nadkarni MD and Aaron William Calhoun

Panel eight will explore developing enhanced networking among simulation researchers in multiple domains for the archival and analysis of multi-site data, conduction of inter-institutional protocols, and linkage to other data repositories and registries. It will also discuss advantages and disadvantages as well as challenges and opportunities for research networks.
9:00 –10:00 AM
Panel 9: Design of next generation healthcare simulation systems:
By Matthew Lineberry, PhD, H. Chad Lane and Parvati Dev, PhD

Today’s education paints all learners with broad strokes. Given the great variation in individual learner’s knowledge and aptitudes, the broad stroke approach can mean wasted time, boredom and loss of interest with learners. This adaptive learning panel will discuss approaches that tailor unique training to the individual based on automated assessments and will explore the potential and practicality of adaptive learning and intelligent tutoring approaches. This multidisciplinary group features experts from the academic, development, Government and technology perspectives. The approaches discussed in this forum are not unique to medicine and are applicable to many learning situations.
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Panel 10: Simulating the future of healthcare delivery:

By Louis P. Halamek, M.D., F.A.A.P., John A. Sokolowski, PhD anDavid C Stockwell, MD, MBA

Panel 10 will examine the potential for synthesizing patient specific information systems and imaging systems with semi-automated delivery systems (e.g., synthetic vision systems, robotic systems, etc).
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Closing Remarks 12:00 – 12:30 PM