A new society, the Society for Medical Simulation (SMS), was established in January 2004 to represent the rapidly growing group of educators and researchers who utilize a variety of simulation techniques for education, testing, and research in health care. The membership is united by its desire to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care using all types of simulation including task trainers, human patient simulators, virtual reality, and standardized patients.
We are a broad-based, multi-disciplinary, multi-specialty, international society with ties to all medical specialties, nursing, allied health paramedical personnel, and industry. A major venue for advancing simulation in medicine is the annual International Meeting for Medical Simulation (IMMS) that has been held successfully since 1995. SMS beginning in 2006 will wholly sponsor this meeting.
SMS welcomes ties with other organizations interested in patient simulation. Recognizing that simulation represents a paradigm shift in health care education, SMS promotes improvements in simulation technology, educational methods, practitioner assessment, and patient safety that promote better patient care and can improve patient outcome.
NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
2006 IMMS Faculty Presentations:As they are received, pdf files of presentations will be available on-line. Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Medical Simulation.
- The on-line site is now open for manuscript submissions. Visit the Journal webpage for details.
New Resources for the Simulation Community The SMS is happy to announce new resources for the simulation community: The Career Center with resume and job postings; SimBlog: a web-log where simulation stories are discovered, shared, and discussed on-line; Ask the Wizards calls on the experience of simulation experts around the world to solve your difficult simulation questions; Courses and other meetings of interest.