If you attended the 2011 AIMS Conference, then you already know the successes of our speakers, the advocacy training and our Capitol Hill day. If you couldn’t make it this year, here is little about what you missed at the three day conference. View photos from the event here.

Despite a tough economy and many peoples’ travel budgets feeling the pressure, we had more than 60 participants come out to show their support for healthcare simulation in Washington!

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AIMS kicked off the conference on Monday, March 28th with a special advocacy pre-conference session to give newcomers a little extra preparation before meeting with their members of Congress. AIMS staff led participants through an interactive 101 advocacy training and practice session for meetings with Hill staff. Then, for the first time at the AIMS conference, participants simulated a legislative session of Congress and attempted to work with their House and Senate colleagues to pass mock legislation.

The full conference opened on Monday night with a keynote address from Dr. Jennifer Arnold, the star of TLC’s hit reality TV series “The Little Couple.” Dr. Arnold spoke about her experience working with the media and how the media can play a role in publicizing your simulation center.

AIMS was also pleased to welcome several top government officials to speak at the conference, including: Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Director of AHRQ; the Honorable Robert Jesse, MD, PhD, Principal Under Secretary for Health in the VA; and the Honorable Mark Rosekind, PhD, Member of the NTSB.

For the first time ever, AIMS debuted its traveling exhibit on Capitol Hill! We invited our sponsors to bring portable simulators and accompany conference participants to meetings with members of Congress and their staff. The simulators were instrumental in showing the members and policy staff first-hand healthcare simulation - a huge win for AIMS and the simulation community!

AIMS staff members are currently working with policymakers and their staff on Capitol Hill regarding introduction of the Enhancing SIMULATION Act of 2011. AIMS is also excited about a new patient safety initiative launched recently by the Obama Administration. The $1 billion initiative aims to make healthcare safer for patients around the country. Stay tuned to the AIMS website for more information about this initiative and updates on healthcare simulation legislation.

Click here to download:
Dr. Carolyn Clancy's AHRQ Presentation
Dr. Mark Rosekind's NTSB Presentation
Ilisa Halpern Paul's Advocacy Keynote Address Presentation
Dr. Robert Jesse's VA Presentation
Jodie Curtis' Advocacy 101 Presentation
Erin Will Morton's Capitol Hill Preparation Presentation