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Fellows Unite: SimLEARN Fellowship Graduates Support Each Other’s Work at IMSH 2022

Under the mentorship of their Fellowship Program Director, Dr. Rich Fidler, PhD, CRNA, CHSE, San Francisco Interprofessional Advanced Clinical Simulation Fellowship graduates continue to collaborate to spread simulation across professions and country lines. Three graduates – Dr. Yahya Acar, Dr. Jose Generoso, and Dr. Mary Sturgeon – presented at the 2022 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), which was held in Los Angeles, California. IMSH is an international conference that explores the latest innovations and best practices in healthcare simulation. Read below how the former SimLEARN fellows are contributing to the field of simulation.

Left: Mary Sturgeon
Right: Nolan Woo, RN, BSN   
Photograph by: Jose Generoso

Former Fellow Yahya A. Acar, MD

Photograph by: Mary Sturgeon

Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation, San Francisco VA, 2014-15

Dr. Acar is an emergency medicine physician. He is currently a simulation fellow at the University of Florida Health System’s Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) located in Gainesville, Florida. He is an associate professor of emergency medicine at The Gulhane School of Medicine in Turkey. He is the President of the EMAT Aeromedical Evacuation Study Group and co-founder of Medical Simulation Study Group.

IMSH Poster Presentations:

  • Does Pinching the Oxygen Tubing of a Non-Rebreather Facemask During Exhalation Conserve Oxygen While Maintaining SpO2 During Critical Care Oxygen Shortage in a Low Resource Environment: A Simulator Pilot Study

  • A Methodical, Pitch-Neutral Technique for Side-Fire, Systematic Prostate Biopsy

IMSH Oral Presentations

  • Attitude is Everything: Keep Probe Pitch Neutral During Side-Fire Prostate Biopsy: A Simulator Study

SimVentors: Technology Experiential Area

  • Development of the mixed-reality, semi-autonomous resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) simulator allowing real-time tracking of ultrasound-guided femoral arterial access and REBOA catheter insertion steps. Virtual coach (VC) was integrated to teach and assess learners autonomously. Conducted a mastery-based validation study comparing the virtual coach against human instructor (HI). (Hands-on workshops were offered during 6 SimVentors sessions)

 Former Fellow Jose R. Generoso, MD, CHSE, CHSE-A, CHSOS

Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation
, San Francisco VA, 2014-16

Photograph by: Mary Sturgeon

Dr. Generoso is the founder and CEO of GenePlan in Sao Paulo, Brazil and works clinically as a critical care physician. He is faculty at several hospital and university-based simulation centers throughout Brazil where he is developing simulation professionals and integrating simulation into Brazil’s healthcare system.

IMSH Oral Presentations

  • Comparative Study Between Two Simulation Strategies for Training Medical Students’ Situation Awareness and Decision Making When Assessing Ischemic Stroke Events: A Brazilian Pilot Study

  • Using Deliberate Practice To Teach a Cricothyrotomy Procedure for Medical Students in Brazil

  • Implementing a Simulation-Based Curricula for OB/Gyn in a Brazilian Medical School

  • Implementing a simulation-based curricula for medical residents in a private healthcare system in Brazil: a pilot study

  • Tension Pneumothorax: The Impact of Virtual Training on Life Saving Measures

VA Co-authors: Mary Sturgeon, DMD, RDH, CHSE (SimLEARN, San Francisco VA) and Rich Fidler, PhD, CRNA, CHSE (San Francisco VA)

  • Using Competition Strategy Simulation to Improve Teamwork and Learning: Reaction Assessment

Mary E. Sturgeon, DMD, RDH, CHSE

Photograph by: Jose Generoso

Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation
, San Francisco VA, 2018-20

Dr. Sturgeon is national clinical faculty for SimLEARN and serves as the national simulation consultant for dentistry. She works clinically as a dentist. Her mission is to create more opportunities for simulation in dentistry, as well as opportunities for interprofessional collaboration.

IMSH Oral Presentation

  • “Tension Pneumothorax: The Impact of Virtual Training on Life Saving Measures”

VA Co-authors: Jose Generoso, MD, CHSE, CHSE-A, CHSOS (Brazil) and Rich Fidler, PhD, CRNA, CHSE (San Francisco VA)

SimVentors: Low-cost/Low-resource Showcase

  • “Low-Cost Nursing-Focused Arterial Line Simulator Trainer”

VA Co-authors: Nolan Woo, RN, BSN (San Francisco VA), Rich Fidler, PhD, CRNA, CHSE (San Francisco VA)

                                                                   Left: Yahya A. Acar
                                                                   Right: Jose Generoso
                                                                   Photograph by: Mary Sturgeon