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National simulation meeting sets record in attendance, features USF Health and CAMLS efforts

USF Health was well represented at this year’s International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), a national scientific conference that explores the latest innovations and best practices in health care simulation.

Hosted in Orlando, the IMSH meeting included teams from USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, College of Nursing, Athletic Training, Physician Assistant Program, USF Health Taneja College of Pharmacy, and the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS).

The 4-day program featured multiple presentations from across the organization including one interprofessional panel on the how to build an IPE simulation consortium within an organization as well as two sessions on virtual reality highlighting work by CAMLS researchers Shannon Bailey, PhD, and Michael Brannick, PhD.

It also featured USF Health’s Haru Okuda, MD, FACEP, FSSH, CEO and executive director of the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), associate vice president of the USF Health Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice, and professor in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.

Dr. Okuda is also the outgoing president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), a national organization focused on fostering education, professional development, and the advancement of research and innovation through simulation. SSH played a big role in coordinating the IMSH event.

“Our 4-day meeting in Orlando broke every record, including record attendance with 4,200 registered attendees, record exhibition hall with more than 140 vendors, record attendance at the 2-day research summit part of the program with more than 300 in attendance, and the launch of our SSH Fund hitting our meeting goal of $45,000,” Dr. Okuda said. “We also welcomed staffers from the offices of U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, and U.S. Representative Darren Soto.”

In addition, USF Health was also officially reaccredited by SSH and CAMLS represented strong with nine presentations at the meeting. On the final day of the meeting, attendees gathered at CAMLS in Tampa to participate in an immersive training session.