Simulation Center Hosts Fifth Annual Simulation Symposium

The NYC Health + Hospitals Simulation Center Hosted the Fifth Annual Simulation Symposium

Event focused on health equity and maternal health; watch the event here

Keynote speakers included Jennifer Arnold, MD, MSc, FAAP, medical director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program and star of TLC’s “The Little Couple.”

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NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that its Simulation Center hosted the fifth annual Simulation Symposium on Wednesday, April 27. This year’s event used simulation-based education and advanced learning to help improve patient outcomes in the area of ​​health equity, particularly among underserved patients. and underrepresented communities. Many of the sessions focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. Additionally, the Simulation Center’s Maternal Mortality Reduction Program has demonstrated how simulation can affect disparate health outcomes by recreating high-risk medical emergencies for pregnant women of color. Komal Bajaj, MD, MS-HPEd and Chief Quality Officer of Jacobi/NCB and Ariel deRoche, MS of the Quality Office of Jacobi Medical Center spoke about their study on diagnostic safety in postpartum hemorrhage. The event can be viewed here.

Keynote speakers included Jennifer Arnold, MD, MSc, FAAP, Medical Director of Boston Children’s Hospital Simulation Program and star of TLC’s “The Little Couple”; Michelle Morse, MD, MPH, chief medical officer and deputy commissioner of the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellbeing at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Kelly Davis, MPH, executive director of New Voices of Reproductive Justice; and Desiree Díaz, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN, co-founder and CEO of Kinshift.

“To keep every New Yorker safe and healthy, we must continue to invest in technology to train and upskill our healthcare providers, said Eric Adams, Mayor of New York. “NYC Health + Hospitals world-class simulation-based training will improve patient safety, quality of care, and keep us at the forefront of medicine and healthcare. »

“The simulation offers the opportunity to build bridges with allies to better understand how to participate in the health equity conversation, create space to reflect and learn from our mistakes,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Simulation Center Senior Associate Vice President Michael Meguerdichian, MD, MPH-Ed. “It’s also an opportunity to design processes and spaces that better adapt to the needs of the communities we serve. Engaging these communities is really our next big step in having an impact on how we change our culture.

The NYC Health + Hospitals Simulation Center has been using experiential learning for 12 years and recently created courses that address health disparity and equity. Its Maternal Mortality Program emphasizes the impact of implicit biases on women of color and attempts to reshape the approaches providers take when faced with high-risk obstetrical situations.

“Simulation is one of the most important ways to prepare our birth care teams (doctors, midwives, nurses) to prepare for low probability, high acuity events. Sometimes we call these events “never”. Our simulation teams have been excellent in preparing our obstetrical providers to manage obstetric hemorrhages, cardiac events in pregnancy, and severe and life-threatening hypertension in pregnancy,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Women’s Health Lead Wendy Wilcox, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOG. “Our simulation leadership has been visionary in including the concepts of equity, diversity and inclusion in simulation training, and this year’s conference has done a great job of highlighting these issues to address the racial disparities. Congratulations to Dr. Meguerdichian and the whole team of the Maternal Mortality Reduction Program for an enlightening and stimulating conference!”

The NYC Health + Hospitals Simulation Center program includes a state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot training center in the Bronx. The center includes fully functional clinical environments, such as intensive care, operating rooms or emergency rooms, to recreate trauma and life-threatening complications. Simulations help healthcare professionals practice procedures and engage in teamwork scenarios to hone the clinical, communication and collaboration skills they need to reduce medical errors and make them safer patients a priority. The Center has satellite simulation centers in a number of public system hospitals and its Correctional Health Services operations.

The simulation program uses the most advanced technology, including a family of high-fidelity mannequins with a range of skin tones, which adds startling realism to the learner’s experience and underlines the priority of the healthcare system in to address and dismantle the biases implicit in patient care. The health system simulation program is modeled after similar programs at Harvard University, Mayo Clinic, and the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System.

In 2020, NYC Health + Hospitals Simulation Center became the first program in the world to receive accreditation from the International Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ISSH) in all five assessed areas, including its simulation scholarship. These areas include evaluation, research, teaching/education, systems integration and the fellowship program.

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