SMS names Editor-in-Chief of new Journal (8/29/05)

It is a great honor to announce that David M. Gaba, MD has been named as Editor-in-Chief of Simulation in Healthcare: the Journal of the Society for Medical Simulation. Dr. Gaba is currently the Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning at Stanford University School of Medicine where he is a Professor of Anesthesia. His accomplishments in the field date back to the Mid-80s where he pioneered simulation as a technique to teach crisis management in Anesthesiology and later in a number of other specialties. Dr. Gaba has been a prolific writer, producing many of the landmark papers in the application of simulation as well as a classic textbook, numerous editorials, book chapters, and other important writings. Anyone who has heard him speak cannot help but appreciate his thoughtful and seasoned reasoning, deep understanding of research methodology, and power of clear expression. Only those who know him best truly understand the tremendous dedication to patient safety and learning that has embodied Dr. Gaba throughout his career in healthcare. The Society and the Journal could not be endowed with a more worthy Editor-in-Chief.Dr. Gaba will be meeting with the executive board and the editorial board to begin the process of establishing the journal and selecting Associate Editors.  Over the next several weeks he will be visiting with the publisher, setting up an editorial office, and establishing up a review process.

As progress is made, the society web site will have Journal page that will keep you updated, has temporary information for authors, and will allow those with manuscripts to submit them for early review. I know that under Dr. Gaba’s care, papers submitted for publication in Simulation in Healthcare will receive an expeditious, thorough, and fair review. We all look forward to the first issue of the journal early in 2006 that will long serve the simulation community and healthcare at-large.  Dan Raemer, President

2006 International Meeting on Medical Simulation
The meeting time for the 2006 International Meeting on Medical Simulation has been announced. The meeting will be held from January 14-18, 2006 at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel and Marina in San Diego, California.

SMS receives generous support from University of Miami Center for Research in Medical Education (7/19/05)
SMS President, Daniel Raemer, announced today the receipt of a generous contribution to the Society from the Center for Research in Medical Education at the University of Miami School of Medicine in support of the Society’s mission.  These funds help insure that the Society’s educational and organizational goals will be met.

According to Michael S. Gordon, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Research in Medical Education and Director of the Center, “The formation of the Society for Medical Simulation is in many ways, the fulfillment of our 40-
year dream of enhancing medical education and patient care through simulation technology. We feel that academic centers such as ours, with the resources to develop, implement and evaluate simulation systems, have an obligation to support the mission of the Society. It is a pleasure to offer support in the amount of $5,000 and be recognized as a Founding Supporter.” 

The Center for Research in Medical Education was established in 1966 as a unique laboratory
for the application of advanced technology to medical educational and skills training for students and practitioners from multiple disciplines. Among our projects is “Harvey,” the Cardiopulmonary Patient Simulator, that represents the longest continuous simulation project in medical education. The Center also uses simulation methods in all of our extensive course offerings in Emergency Medical Skills Training.

New Resources for the Simulation Community (4/23/05)
The SMS is happy to announce two new resources for the simulation community. SimBlog is 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.