AIMS
Founding Members
Center for Immersive and Simulation-Based Learning (CISL)
>cisl.stanford.edu
The Stanford University School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals are home to world pioneers of techniques, technologies and applications for immersive and simulation-based learning (ISL). Stanford currently has four internationally recognized simulation groups (VA Simulation Group, Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Education – CAPE, The Goodman Simulation Center (GSC) of the Department of Surgery). The VA group, CAPE, and GSC all operate world class simulation facilities to accommodate a wide variety of simulation modalities, and are also accompanied by School of Medicine facilities for Standard Patient simulations and part-task procedural training at the Clinical Procedure Training Facility. Schematic design has started for a 30,000 square foot Immersive Learning Center (ILC) in the Learning and Knowledge Center building expected to open in 2009.

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CIMIT
>www.cimit.org
Center for Integration of Medicine is a non-profit consortium of Boston teaching hospitals and engineering schools. CIMIT fosters interdisciplinary collaboration among world-class experts in medicine, science and engineering, in concert with industry and government, to rapidly improve patient care.


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SiTEL of MedStar Health
>www.sitel.org
SiTEL of MedStar Health utilizes advanced technologies and evidence-based adult learning outcomes to provide up-to-date education and training solutions. The result is a consumer centric educational platform that combines innovative technologies, medical research and instruction to give Health, Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and Government entities instant, up-to-date training that is available 24/7.

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Society of Simulation in Healthcare
>www.ssih.org
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) 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, now over 2,000, 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 Simulation in Healthcare (formerly IMMS) that has been held successfully since 1995. SSH, beginning in 2006, has wholly sponsored this meeting.

SSH welcomes ties with other organizations interested in patient simulation. Recognizing that simulation represents a paradigm shift in health care education, SSH promotes improvements in simulation technology, educational methods, practitioner assessment, and patient safety that promote better patient care and can improve patient outcome.

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Industry Supporters
B-Line Medical
>www.blinemedical.com
B-Line Medical is a digital solutions firm focused on the capture, debriefing and assessment of simulation-based medical training. B-Line Medical specializes in the delivery of robust, yet easy to use web-based solutions that have helped over a hundred top hospitals, medical schools and nursing programs in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Middle East operate and manage their clinical skills and simulation centers more effectively.


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CAE
>www.cae.com
CAE Healthcare is breaking ground in the development of cutting-edge educational solutions and innovative simulation technologies for the healthcare industry. Our objective is to offer healthcare professionals realistic and comprehensive tools to learn how to use multiple simulation platforms before testing skills on patients. We continuously strive to expand simulation solutions that will result in improved patient safety, highly efficient multidisciplinary healthcare teams and superior clinical outcomes.

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Education Management Solutions
>www.ems-works.com
Education Management Solutions' (EMS) is the leading developer of performance assessment software, sim center management solutions, and digital audio-video systems for simulation-based training. Medical, nursing, allied health schools and hospitals use EMS’ easy to use, feature-rich, web-based solutions to capture, debrief, and assess learner performance and effectively manage their skills and simulation centers in the US and internationally.

EMS’ innovative suite of products for one-to-two rooms or larger centers include, Total Skills Center, Total SIM, Total Digitaforl AV, MobilSIM, mySIMonline as a hosted service, and Total Counseling.

EMS’ mission is to help improve patient safety and build competency by developing state-of-the art software and audio-video systems based on customer needs and requirements.

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IngMar Medical
>www.ingmarmed.com
IngMar Medical is the world leader in breathing simulation – a distinction built on a solid history of superior product performance, innovation and customer service. Since 1993, IngMar Medical’s vision has been to help raise the quality of patient care through the use of breathing simulators, lung models, and test lungs.

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Laerdal
>www.laerdal.com
Laerdal Medical is dedicated to helping save lives through medical training, therapeutic products and support for medical research. Laerdal's broad portfolio of medical training products includes Learning Materials, Task Trainers, Manikins, Computer Based Trainers & MicroSimulators, Virtual Reality Simulations, Patient Simulators and support services. With over 2800 full patient simulators, both infant & adult, 300 Virtual Reality simulators & tens of thousands of microsimulators delivered, Laerdal is the premier medical simulation products and services provider. Laerdal's newest patient Simulators, the Resusci Anne Simulator and the ALS Simulator are making patient simulation more accessible, affordable and deployable. Laerdal is an international company with over 900 employees in three research and development facilities, three manufacturing plants and 20 sales companies supported by a global distribution and service infrastructure. Laerdal is an ever-growing organization, with excellent alliance partners and an outstanding distributor network; all committed to improving healthcare training and helping save lives.

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Limbs & Things, Inc.
>www.golimbs.com
Limbs & Things designs, manufactures, and promotes clinical and surgical skills training products. The company is dedicated to improving patient care by supporting healthcare professionals in their training.

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Simbionix
>www.simbionix.com
Simbionix is a world leader in the field of medical education and simulation technology. Our state-of-the art technology provides a robust platform to learn and master critical skills to ensure procedural efficiency and promote quality outcomes. The systems offer a range of basic and advanced full procedures, and incorporate detailed and complete metrics for skills assessment. The user is free to practice skills and perform procedures until the required proficiency is attained. Our line of products includes simulators for gastroenterology, endourology, percutaneous access procedures, laparoscopy and interventional endovascular procedures. Simbionix recently completed the acquisition of eTrinsic, Inc, a leader in online interactive medical education, delivery systems and assessment tools. By combining eTrinsic capabilities with its line of medical simulators, Simbionix now offers the medical community flexible options for curricula solutions, including simulation-based training, online educational content, and advanced tools for skills assessment.

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SimMedical
>www.simmedical.com
SimMedical, a Strategic Business Initiative of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), provides expertise in the creation and management of integrated healthcare simulation training programs featuring curricula and a web-based simulation management system developed by leading healthcare and simulation experts. SimMedical, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh's Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER), provides continuing education services to help its clients reach their training and patient safety mission through simulation based training. SimMedical is committed to creating leading edge simulation solutions through technology, training and operational excellence designed to improve clinical performance, reduce medical errors and increase patient safety.

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Simulaids
>www.simulaids.com
Simulaids began manufacturing EMS training aids in Woodstock, NY over 45 years ago and remains a company committed to domestic manufacturing as evidenced by our 83,000 square foot facility built 4 years ago in Saugerties, NY. Company products grew from the initial moulage wounds through CPR basic manikins and into the patient simulation market by introducing the first PDA operated simulator, PDA STAT, in 2003. Our newest patient simulator, SMART STAT, brings you fidelity at economic prices along with the latest technology in blue tooth communication between the simulator and the Pocket PC™. Battery powered with simple instructions to follow and intuitive programming to change feature presentations, SMART STAT contains all of the features needed (including some they haven’t thought of) by the majority of training institutions. This combination creates a simple but effective way to make medical practitioners’ growth in demonstrating knowledge, the application of it to situations, critical thinking and team effort in their discipline’s environment an enjoyable experience for both the instructor and the practitioner.

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Touch of Life Technologies
>www.toltech.net


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VirtaMed
>www.virtamed.com
VirtaMed is a Swiss company with an interdisciplinary background in medicine and engineering. Our mission is to develop state-of-the-art training tools for endoscopic surgery of highest possible realism, all with the ultimate goal to improve the quality of patient care.

VirtaMed’s virtual reality simulators provide instructional teaching and training of different diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic interventions.
The first simulator has been developed at the ETH Zurich and other Swiss universities as part of a large research effort involving 16 PhD students for a combined 24 years of research.

Today, many teaching institutions and medical device companies use VirtaMed’s simulators globally for education and hands-on training.

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Wolters Kluwer Health Medical Research
>www.simulationinhealthcare.com
Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare is a multidisciplinary publication encompassing all areas of applications and research in healthcare simulation technology. The journal is published for the society by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a leading international publisher for healthcare professionals and students with nearly 300 periodicals and 1,500 books in more than 100 disciplines publishing under the LWW brand, as well as content-based sites and online corporate and customer services.

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Institutional Supporters
Crest
>www.simportal.umn.edu
The Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST) is the associated research branch of SimPORTAL (Simulation PeriOperative Resource for Training And Leaning) at the University of Minnesota Medical School. The mission of CREST is to be a world leader in the research and development of novel curricula and simulation models to help drive the future of health-care professional education. The expertise of the CREST group encompasses three areas: clinically applicable patient-specific models for applications using finite element analysis techniques, real-time medical virtual reality applications for training psychomotor skills, and animation for health care education.

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ImmersiveTouch
>www.immersivetouch.com
ImmersiveTouch-SENSIMMER is built on the vision that an ideal simulator is flexible enough to handle a variety of clinical situations and its building blocks are reusable. It is currently a leading provider of open surgical simulations. The on-demand virtual anatomical volumes can be created from real patient images such as MRI, CT or a stereo image. The unique features include a dynamically collocated virtual reality and haptic workspace, a high resolution display and head tracking. Currently the company offers open cranial simulations, spinal simulations, haptic anatomical explorations for targeting areas of interest such as tumors.

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Medical Education Research Institute
>www.meri.org
The Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI) Simulation Center is a nonprofit medical teaching and training facility in Memphis, TN. MERI conducts state-of-the-art, hands-on educational courses for healthcare providers across the country and around the world. Unique features of The MERI Simulation Center are the use of task-trainers, anatomy/procedural labs and human patient simulators for advanced hands-on instructions. Our simulation team includes experienced healthcare professionals who can formulate an educational strategy that pushes patient care standards to a new level of excellence. Our overarching goal is to provide a creative, risk-free, and supportive environment, which empowers faculty, students, and staff to generate and transmit knowledge and skills that impacts the quality of life for the global community.

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