AIMS is currently lobbying Congress for re-introduction of the Enhancing Simulation Act in the 112th Congress.
Meet with your Member of Congress and tell them why you think funding healthcare simulation is important.
Participate in our Simulate to Educate" event and invite Members of Congress to tour your simulation centers.
See links on the left for helpful tips on how to contact your Members of Congress.
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Advocate in Your Home State
Advocacy and Grassroots Doesn’t Stop in Washington! Act Now for the August Recess!
Join us as AIMS kicks off it’s second annual “Advocate in Your Home State” initiative this August! There is no better time than a Congressional recess – when members of Congress are back home meeting with constituents – to educate your elected officials about the value of healthcare simulation and the need for healthcare simulations resources.

The majority of members of Congress return home several times a year for a brief period of time during these Work Periods. That’s where the healthcare simulation community comes in!

Congressional support can be generated by showing policymakers and their staff healthcare simulation first-hand during simulation center tours.

Take action now by contacting your members of Congress and inviting them to tour your simulation center. AIMS staff has prepared some useful steps to help you, as you are contacting Congressional offices. Please note that additional information can be found on the "take action" page, in downloadable documents for your convenience.

August recess is right around the corner, so hurry and act now! Take the AIMS challenge… secure visits from all three of your elected officials!

The AIMS Medical Simulation Health Policy Tool Kit
The AIMS Medical Simulation Health Policy Tool Kit is a comprehensive guide to help those in the AIMS community most effectively inform policymakers about all of the possibilities that medical simulation offers.

The Tool Kit includes a detailed look at the current medical simulation health policy agenda, with specific "asks" that members should bring to meetings with policymakers. Additionally, it provides an overview of the legislative process and information about relevant committees, as well as tips for effective interactions with Members of Congress and their staff.

For a copy (PDF) of the Tool Kit, please click here.

New U.S. Members of Congress – 112th Congress
Click here to see the complete list.

M.D. and Star of Reality TV Series to Speak at AIMS Conference
AIMS is very excited to announce that Dr. Jennifer Arnold, M.D. M.S.c., Medical Director of the Pediatric Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Newborn Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, will give the opening keynote address at the 8th Annual AIMS Conference, March 28th in Washington, D.C.

Many people know Dr. Arnold from TLC’s hit reality TV series “The Little Couple.” The TV series follows Dr. Arnold and her husband, Bill Klein, as they embark on married life together. Dr. Arnold will discuss her involvement with the TV series and it’s impact on simulation at Texas Children’s Hospital and more generally.

Dr. Arnold will bring a unique perspective about how the media and popular culture can have a more important impact on our day to day lives.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the value of media in educating America about healthcare simulation!

Dr. Arnold, a neonatal specialist at Texas Children’s Newborn Center, supervises the hospital’s Pediatric Simulation Center. There she focuses on developing the center’s curriculum.

When she is not working with newborns or teaching residents, Dr. Arnold remains very active in the healthcare and simulation community. Dr. Arnold is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Academic Pediatric Association, and Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She received the Ray E. Helfer Award for Innovation in Medical Education from the Academic Pediatric Association for her research in simulation education. In 2009, she was awarded the On-Time Physician Award and the Patients' Choice Award. Furthermore, Dr. Arnold has given speeches both nationally and internationally on simulation research.

Introducing the First-ever AIMS Traveling Exhibit!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Join us to Simulate on Capitol Hill!

AIMS is excited to announce its first-ever traveling exhibit, at the 8th Annual AIMS Conference on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in Washington, D.C. AIMS invites its sponsors to join other conference participants with their simulation equipment in hand on Capitol Hill when the AIMS exhibition goes mobile. This year, we will be travel to Capitol Hill offices to meet with members of Congress and their staff to educate them about the value of health care simulation. Rather than wait for them to come to us, we are taking our demonstration to them!

Most Senators and Representatives have little to no understanding about health care simulation. This year, the 111th Congress will start with the largest number of new members seen in years, which is why it is important to take the medical simulation message to these new members, in the earliest days of their Congressional careers. This year’s AIMS conference will focus heavily on advocacy for health care simulation and what you can do to educate federal policy makers about the value of health care simulation. As always, on the final day of the conference, AIMS staff will accompany participants to meetings with members of Congress and their staff, but this year, we will have examples in hand to help demonstrate simulation in action.

AIMS is asking its sponsors and industry players to bring equipment with them that could be considered portable. We hope to have a few full size mannequins traveling via wheel chair or gurney and some pediatric and neonatal simulators as well. AIMS encourages sponsors to play doctor for the day right in the Capitol Hill offices, and exhibit hands-on simulation exercises such as taking vitals or delivering a baby. This is an excellent opportunity for policymakers to learn more about health care simulation and discuss its importance and the need for federal funding with real experts in the industry.

For more information about the conference or how to become a sponsor, please visit or contact AIMS at 202/230-5091. Don’t miss the first-ever AIMS traveling exhibit, and your chance to advocate for health care simulation, in-person with your members of Congress and their staff. Register now for the 8th Annual AIMS Conference and get on board!

2010 AIMS Conference and Exhibition - Huge Success!
On March 22, 2010, over a hundred participants traveled to Washington, DC to show their support for the advancement of medical simulation training. Washington, D.C. - Conference goers heard excellent presentations from key government officials and medical simulation stakeholders, and held meetings with their elected representatives on Capitol Hill to advance medical simulation training. This year’s presentations included:

Multiplying Medical Simulation's Voice
Eric Brown, MD, SSH Board of Directors and Director, Palmetto Health - USC School of Medicine Simulation Center

Patient Safety at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Paul Jeffrey Brady, MD, MPH, Captain, U.S. Public Health Service, Patient Safety Portfolio Lead, AHRQ

From "Boot Camp" to "Suspended Animation:" Cutting Edge Applications of Pediatric Simulation in the Real World
Vinay Nadkarni, MD, Medical Director, CHOP Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation, University of Pennsylvania; Ellen Deutsch, MD, Surgical Director, CHOP Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation, University of Pennsylvania;
Melinda Fiedor Hamilton, MD, Medical Director, Simulation, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, WISER Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Medical Simulation as an Enabler for Wounded Warrior Care
Robert Foster, PhD, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Department of Veterans Affairs: Simulated Learning Enhancement and Advanced Research Network (SimLEARN)
Louise R. Van Diepen, Deputy Chief Learning Officer, Veterans Health Administration, US Department of Veterans Affairs

How Large Systems Plan to Institute Simulation Training: The Kaiser Case Study
Jeff Convissar, MD, Director, National Risk Management, Kaiser Permanente

On Day 2 of the conference participants took to the halls of Congress to garner support from elected officials. Fifty-three participants visited Congressional offices from 19 states! Additionally, AIMS hosted an interactive medical simulation exhibition for Members of Congress and their staff to showcase the latest medical simulation technologies. The sponsor of the Enhancing SIMULATION Act (H.R. 855), Representative J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), and Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) personally visited the exhibition. As a result of the day's activities, we were able to increase awareness of medical simulation training and obtained promising new leads for additional cosponsorship of S. 616/H.R. 855.

The Enhancing SIMULATION Act
On February 4, 2009, Reps. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) introduced H.R. 855, the “Enhancing SIMULATION (Safety in Medicine Utilizing Leading Advanced Simulation Technologies to Improve Outcomes Now) Act of 2009.” The bill would advance the use of medical simulation within the health care system. On March 17, 2009, Senator Harkin (D-IA) introduced a companion bill, S. 616, in the United States Senate. This is the first time the medical simulation bill was introduced in the Senate! The Senate version of the bill is identical to H.R. 855.

The Congressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus
What is a Caucus?
Caucuses are formally organized and recognized entities formed by Members to direct focus and attention to specific issues. Separate and distinct from congressional committees, caucuses are neither restricted in membership nor tied to the political makeup in the Congress, so any Member can join.

Congressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus
Founded in 2005, the Congressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus serves as a venue for Members of Congress to discuss issues pertaining to modeling & simulation. The caucus showcases modeling and simulation (M & S) initiatives, promotes the M & S industry, and provides a forum to understand the policy challenges facing this growing and versatile technology. Currently, the caucus has a total of 10 Congressional members representing 7 states. To learn more about the Congressional M & S Caucus, please click here.

Members of the House Modeling and Simulation Caucus: 111th Congress
Chairman: Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Rep. John Carter (R-TX)
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT)
Rep. C.A. Ruppersberger (D-MD)
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)

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