Welcome to the blog for the Student Initiative in Medical Simulation (SIMS).
SIMS was founded in 2016 by Evan Strobelt after he saw the enormous potential for simulation in medical education and recognized the significant barriers to access this useful educational modality. SIMS leaders have worked tirelessly over the past several years to break down barriers to access simulation technology. Our success speaks for itself as thousands of students at medical schools across the country have utilized the resources developed by SIMS.
So, what exactly has been getting in the way of students’ ability to benefit from medical simulation?
- Lack of high-fidelity, user-friendly cases that are supported by the latest medical evidence and thoroughly reviewed by currently practicing physicians.
- SIMS has already published two books with nearly 80 high yield cases (SIMS Casebook and the SIMS Primer). The books are clearly organized by the most common chief complaints to give students an opportunity to practice what they are most likely to be treating very soon in their careers. You can find these books through our resources page on our home website.
- Lack of simulation knowledge
- SIMS has a robust leadership team of multiple doctors and medical students who all have several years of experience in the field of medical simulation and education. We mentor students from around the country to help them form simulation programs at their schools and learn how to benefit the most from simulation. We teach how to lead simulation meetings, facilitate cases, conduct debriefing sessions, generate excitement, write curricula, and more. We help leaders navigate their resources to develop the best simulation programs available from low-fidelity, budget-conscious programs to the highest-fidelity simulation centers.
- Insufficient access to simulation equipment
- When the price tags for most high-fidelity full simulation mannequins starts in the hundreds of thousands of dollars it is no surprise why these are hard to come across. Additionally, there are so many valuable procedural skills that can be learned by going through the motions on “less-expensive” skill trainer mannequins. However, even these less expensive options will usually cost between $5,000-$10,000. Even if you happen to have access to one of these, getting permission to use it is difficult and the more it’s used the more expensive it becomes as after several procedures you will need to procure expensive replacement parts. SIMS developed this blog with the purpose of once again tearing down yet another barrier to medical education. We have found low-budget options for students to develop the same skills taught with the more expensive technology and we are eager to share them with you here on our blog. Check out our first article on a high-fidelity 3D Printed Cricothyrotomy trainer you can build yourself!
We will regularly post new articles sharing what we’ve been doing with simulation and we will compile a solid library of “how-to” resources so that students everywhere have the opportunity to access the highest quality modality within medical education: simulation.
If you are interested in joining SIMS or publishing an article that fits our mission, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.