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Team Orlando 10-4 Newsletter, (Republished from the Winter 2014 SimLEARN Newsletter 12/15/2013

SimLEARN staff provided medical simulation demonstrations to more than 400 high school and middle school students from throughout Florida Sept. 30 at the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government on the University of Central Florida.

Past News Articles 

Military Medical Technology (MMT), 12/8/2011

Dr. Haru Okuda, SimLEARN national medical director, and Dr. Lygia Arcaro, SimLEARN national director, nursing programs, recently wrote an article about VHA's SimLEARN program, and the piece was featured in the Dec. 8 issue of Military Medical Technology (MMT) magazine.

The Post and Courier, 3/14/2011

Doctors, nurses learn disaster coping skills - Most doctors and nurses aren't trained to handle the kind of disaster that suddenly floods them with patients, says Dr. Lance Scott, director of the Medical University of South Carolina's Center for Health Professional Training and Emergency Response.

Stars And Stripes, 1/28/2011

VA Plans Expanded Use Of Medical Simulators - "Historically, all training in medicine is done on live patients," said Petzel, undersecretary for health at the Department of Veterans Affairs, in a conference call with reporters on Thursday. "You have to ask yourself if that's really the best way to do this." His answer is no. In coming years, the VA will put a new emphasis on medical simulators, in an effort to provide more comprehensive training for all physicians and better care for patients.

NextGov, 1/27/2011

VA To Increase Simulated Medical Training With New Center Of Excellence - The Veterans Affairs Department plans to increase the use of medical simulation training for clinicians so they can learn how to conduct complex procedures in a setting that imitates real-life situations without putting patients at risk, Dr. Robert Petzel, VA's undersecretary for health said at a media briefing this morning. VA Announces Addition of Haru Okuda, M.D., as National Medical Director for Simlearn, 1/25/11

Haru Okuda, M.D., was recently named National Medical Director for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Simulation Learning Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) Program. In this role, Dr. Okuda leads a staff of clinical simulationists and educators in conducting research, developing curricula and best practices and coordinating acquisitions of clinical simulation training systems in support of health care providers at VA medical centers nationwide.

Washington Post Magazine, 11/7/2010

Playing doctor: Learning about slips of the knife better on 'patients' than patients - Medical professionals must make critical decisions in response to unpredictable and life-altering circumstances. Gaming and simulation provide a safe environment for students to practice and make mistakes, without harming real patients. The University of Maryland Medical Center's Maryland Advanced Simulation, Training, Research and Innovation (MASTRI) Center has been expanding since its initial opening in 2006. The MASTRI Center uses simulation to train medical students and residents in a range of complex procedures in a life-like setting.

San Francisco Chronicle, 10/2/2010

Stanford Li Ka Shing Center uses dummies to teach - Stanford University has opened a state-of-the art clinical simulation center, the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge. Dr. David Gaba, who holds joint appointments with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford's School of Medicine as the associate dean for immersive and simulation-based learning, was instrumental in the development of the Center. The $90.2 million center features over 100 simulation devices, and will provide students the opportunity train across a wide range of clinical scenarios.

Orlando Sentinel, 7/5/2010

Region's simulation industry enjoys rapidly growing clout - The medical modeling and simulation industry's growth in Central Florida has been largely due to increased defense spending on military training programs and a concerted incubation effort by UCF. U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas recently filed legislation that would establish a $250-million grant program to help high-growth sectors like simulation. "Once you see what it does... you recognize the financial benefits," Kosmas said. "People have begun to see how valuable this is to us for the future."