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WISER Accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare


The Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER) has been granted accreditation in the areas of Teaching, Assessment, Research and Systems Integration from the Society for Simulation (SSH) in Healthcare Council for Simulation Program Accreditation. WISER is the second ever simulation program in the world to achieve recognition in all four accreditation focus areas offered by the SSH program. WISER is the human patient simulation program that serves the education needs of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health Sciences and UPMC.

WISER focuses on innovations in healthcare education and research through the incorporation of simulation technology. WISER conducts over one hundred different training programs, many of which with a focus on patient safety. Teaching faculty include physicians, nurses and numerous other healthcare teaching professionals who partner with WISER staff members who have expertise in Simulation based education technologies and curriculum development processes. Participants of WISER programs range from medical, nursing and pharmacy students, through experienced practicing professionals such and physicians, nurses and paramedics.

The SSH accreditation process is a rigorous evaluation that ensures simulation programs are in compliance with or exceeding established best practice standards for simulation center administration, operations, curriculum development, teaching, quality assurance/improvement, governance, patient safety engagement, assessment, and education research standards. The nearly yearlong endeavor included a comprehensive submission package in excess of 2,000 pages, as well as a site visit from reviewers that occurred in early November.

WISER began as a patient safety effort in 1994 focused on operating room safety, and has matured to be a world leader in the implementation of healthcare simulation training, assessment and education research efforts. WISER conducts simulation based faculty development programs throughout the world.

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Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC)


“The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) promotes cooperation among the Armed Services, Industry, Academia and various Government agencies in pursuit of improved training and education programs, identification of common training issues and development of multiservice programs.

It is interesting here at the IITSEC meeting in Orlando to see all the education and simulation technology being de


veloped and used by the nation’s military. There are all types of simulation here from live fire ranges, to handling of mass casualties as well as a myriad of very cool flight simulation equipment as well as serious games of al types. Clearly it has become embedded into the fabric of military training and is regarded as mission critical. We need to continue to make simulation mission critical in healthcare and keep moving the ball dow

n the road. Simulation in healthcare needs to be moved from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’ through our passion, diligence, scholarly reporting of our work. The healthcare pavilion of the IITSEC meeting is a small but crucial area of the exhibit hall floor. (overall the exhibit space is MASSIVE, and HUGELY FUN! ). I think healthcare being represented here is such a great opportunity for developers and engineers to interact with us, the end users of simIItsec3ulation based education solutions. I think there are many major pieces of the military simulation architecture and engineering that could assist us in the healthcare arena.  Since healthcare is such a major industry in the US alone, hopefully some of the defense contractors will take a look at the healthcare arena with some of their solutions!

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