6th Annual International Meeting on Medical Simulation

January 14-17, 2006
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
San Diego, California

This conference is jointly sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

2006 Faculty Presentations

Roger Kneebone, Keynote
Usha Satish, Keynote
Dale Alverson: Lessons Learned
Noah Falstein:  Intellegent Gaming
Eva Baker:  Program Evaluation: Assessing the Impact
Parvati Dev:  Simulations For Teams: Virtual Worlds and Avatars
J. B. McGee:  Virtual and Reality of VPs
William C. McGaghie:  Scope & Promise of Research in Simulation
Jennifer Weller:  EMAC Australia & New Zealand

IMMS 2006 ABSTRACT LISTING Accepted Poster Abstract Listing

Abstracts will be published in Vo. 1 Issue 2 of Simulation In Healthcare


Course Director: Richard Riley,



Workshop Chair: Michael DeVita, M.D. (devitam@msx.upmc.edu)

Abstract Chair: Dr. med Marcus Rall (marcus.rall@med.uni-tuebingen.de)

Immediate Past Chair: Elizabeth Sinz, M.D. (esinz@psu.edu) and William Dunn, M.D. (dunn.william@mayo.edu)

Committee Members:  Sheena Ferguson, MSN, RN CCRN, Mark Bowyer, MD, Bernadette Henrichs, PhD, CRNA, S. Barry Issenberg, MD, John Schaefer, III MD


This is a 2.5 day conference which features plenary and keynote sessions, workshops, roundtable discussions, and research abstracts.  Exhibits of technology, software and support services will also be available for viewing.  Participants will be able to further their understanding of the use of simulation for education and assessment of health care professionals, discuss development of simulation training scenarios, be introduced to new technologies in the field of simulation, and review the current research in medical simulation.  Roundtable discussions address specific disciplines and areas of interest to the simulation community.


This conference is designed for the physician, nurse, educator, technician, engineer and simulation center personnel involved in the academic, community and program and service development arena of simulation.  This is an international conference with all sessions in English.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Society for Medical Simulation. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 19 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

CE for nursing has been applied for.  

IMMS 2006 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS     Links to:  Faculty Bios   Program Detail   Workshop Schedule     Abstract Listing

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Roger Kneebone

Sr. Lecturer in Surgical Education

Department of Surgical Oncology & Technology

IImperial College, London, UK


Usha Satish, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY

Visiting Associate Professor

Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

General Sessions 

Sunday 1/15

Keynote – Kneebone

Medical Education, Lindsey Henson, Chair

Nursing & Allied Health Education, Sheena Ferguson, Chair

Simulation in Military & Hazardous Environments, Mark Bowyer, Chair

Serious Games/3-D Interactive Environments , Jeff Taekman, Chair

Virtual Patients and Medical Education, Martin Nachbar, Robby Reynolds (AAMC)


Monday 1/16

Keynote – Satish

Oral Presentations & Posterside Professor Rounds

Engineering Simulation – Hardware and Software, Michel Audette, Chair

Training Devices & Screen-based Simulation, Harry Owen, Chair

Surgery & Surgical Specialties, Mark Bowyer, Chair


Tuesday 1/17

Simulation Research,William McGaghie, S. Barry Issenberg, Chairs

National Simulation Initiatives, Richard Riley, Chair

Lessons Learned

Roundtable Discussions & Working Groups

Sunday 1/15

Developing/Designing a Simulation Center

Medical Specialties/ Radiology

Simulation Center Readiness

Monday 1/16

Medical Specialties/Anesthesiology


AIMS Working Group

Sim Center Operations

Medical Specialties/Emergency Medicine

Medical Specialties/Pediatrics


20 workshops – attend 5 or more

Abstract posters and demonstrations

Exhibits and Technology demonstrations

Pre-conference tour of USS Midway

Sunday Welcome Reception & Monday evening Social

SMS Annual Luncheon and Awards & a Box Lunch w/ exhibitors

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina   1380 Harbor Island Drive San Diego CA 92101  USA
Phone (619) 291-2900 • Fax (619) 692-2337

Sheraton Room Availability:  Sheraton is sold out for the nights of January 11,12 and 13.  There IS room available January 14-18.  Please call the hotel direct if you are unable to book through the on-line hotel reservation system.  And be sure to check availability with the Sheraton right before you leave to check on any available cancellations.

If the Sheraton is full, you might consider:

Harbor Island Hilton  – 5 minutes walk from Sheraton; airport shuttle service available

1960 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, California, United States, 92101

Sheraton Description: Nestled at the water’s edge on spectacular San Diego Bay, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel& Marina offers panoramic views of the bay and the downtown city skyline. Some of the country’s most unique attractions are within a 10-minute drive of our hotel – including Sea World, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, historic Old Town, Balboa Park, and Seaport Village.
Spread across two distinctive towers on beautiful San Diego Bay, our 1,044 guest rooms and suites are filled with fine comforts and conveniences. The East Tower features 699 guest rooms, four restaurants and lounges including our newest addition Tapatini’s with an exclusive tapas menu and signature martinis. The West Tower is located 300 yards away and features 345 guest rooms, an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, and our award-winning restaurant Alfiere’s, known for its Mediterranean fresh market cuisine.  All guest rooms feature the new Sheraton Sweet Sleeper(SM) Bed, custom-designed with a plush-top mattress, then wrapped in crisp cotton sheets with petal soft blankets and duvets.
Enjoy San Diego’s average year round temperature of 72 degrees from your private balcony or patio. All of our newly renovated guest rooms feature spectacular views of our marina, the downtown San Diego skyline, or beautiful San Diego Bay.

Sheraton Hotel Reservations: A block of rooms has been reserved at the conference rate of $199 per night for a traditional single or double room. The room rate is valid for registrants from 1/13-1/17, 2006. This rate includes resort fee. Reservations for conference registrants should be made by calling the hotel or using the link to the IMMS Conference Hotel Reservation. Exhibitor representatives must use the Exhibitor Reservation link. Exhibitor block is from 1/14-1/17 only.

Deadline: The block of rooms reserved for this meeting will be available for reservation at the conference rate until December 26, 2005. After that date rooms may not be available or may be available at a higher rate.


USS Midway Tour :  Come early to San Diego and take this Saturday great tour if you’re interested in Naval history and airplanes and want an insider’s tour of this historic

aircraft carrier. Check the flier for details and make your request when you register for the meeting.

Welcome Reception:  This Sunday night event is an ideal networking time and an opportunity to visit with the exhibitors and view the posters.  Casual dress.

IMMS Annual Social : Be sure to bring your national dress as this event will feature international food to match the meeting’s theme of “The World of Simulation.”  If you haven’t met everyone at the meeting – this is your chance.  After the Social, you can walk or take a short taxi ride downtown for dinner on the waterfront or in one of San Diego’s historic districts.  Casual or national dress.  


All registration will be done on-line Credit Card, Checks, and PO’s accepted

    Early – before 12/1/05After 12/1/05 and on-site
     Full Member Registration$400$450
     Full Non-Member$475 includes mbship *$525 includes mbship*
   *based on $75/mbship dues for 06
     Resident/Student$300$350   Must submit letter from Chair or Dean
     Extra Monday Social ticket$50$50
     PreConference tour$60$60

Registration fee includes continental breakfasts, two conference lunches, welcome reception and syllabus.  Please register early so we may accurately plan for all meal functions. Due to early hotel banquet requirements for guarantees, registrations received after January 5 cannot be guaranteed of luncheon ticket availability. Banquet tickets purchased after January 5 are on a space available basis and cost will be refunded if tickets are not available.   Cancellations must be in writing before January 1, 2006 and are subject to a $100 administrative fee

*Membership benefits include access to the SMS listserv, new SMS Journal, etc. Resident/Student memberships are free but do not include the Journal.

Participants who require special assistance to make this conference accessible should indicate so on their registration.