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Facilitator Training Series: Intro to Facilitation and Debriefing

This course provides facilitators an introduction to a variety of facilitation and debriefing techniques.

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2017 SimOps Educational Series

This quarterly webinar will be dedicated to advancing the education and industry of Simulation Operations and Administrative personnel.

Next one will be held December 15, 2017 at 2:00pm EST.

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Complete your MOCA requirements at WISER.

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Take your simulation training to the next level with the iSIM (Improving Simulation Instructional Methods) course.

Take a class in Pittsburgh, Miami or Honolulu, or we can bring iSIM to your center.

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Get your required BLS or ACLS certification at WISER.

These two part self-paced courses consist of a web-based didactic portion and a practical skills test with a computer assisted manikin.

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Preceptor Program

This program can be customized to your specific needs.

Meet with WISER staff members and subject matter experts. Observe classes and participate in hands-on activities.

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How to Run a Successful Simulation Center

Learn best practices associated with the operations of a simulation center.

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The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER) is a world class multidisciplinary training and research facility. WISER is an institute of the University of Pittsburgh with a mission to conduct research and training programs utilizing simulation based education to provide a safer environment for patients of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and its affiliates.

Take a clinical course at WISER

Search the course catalog and find a clinical course.

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Courses for Simulation Educators and Administrators

Take your simulation training to the next level!

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Legacy of Caring Award

CONGRATULATIONS to Margaret “Maggie” Lattanzio, RN, MSN, CCRN and Darlene Hills RN, BSN, CCRN with UPMC Passavant Hospital, on being awarded the Legacy of Caring Award. ... more

WISER Welcomes New Staff Members

WISER has added two new members to our WISER family. ... more

WISER Welcomes Dr. Yue!

Dr. Rongzheng Yue joins us from West China Hospital, Sichuan University in China, where she is an attending nephrologist. ... more

WISER Welcomes our Newest Simulation Operations Specialist, Eric Feltner

WISER would like to welcome of newest Simulation Operations Specialist, Eric Feltner, to our team. ... more

WISER Expands ICRSE Program

Since its first session in 2014, WISER has now conducted its In-patient Crisis Response System Evaluation (ICRSE) Program at 11 different UPMC hospitals ... more

Congratulations to Dr. William McIvor

Congratulations to Dr. William McIvor, Cardiac Anesthesiologist at UPMC and Associate Director, Medical Student Programs at WISER, for your recent publication.  ... more

Welcome Drs. Bo Yu (Molly) and Wei Li (Wendy)

WISER would like to welcome Drs. Bo Yu (Molly) and Wei Li (Wendy) who are visiting us from Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences.  ... more

WISER Welcomes Minjie Lin!

WISER is excited to welcome its newest fellow, Minjie Lin MD, PhD. Dr. Lin is a MD and a PhD in the field of Cardiology. ... more

Peggy Atkinson, Senior Administrative Assistant, Joins WISER Team

WISER is pleased to welcome our new Senior Administrative Assistant, Peggy Atkinson!   ... more

Dr. John O'Donnell will speak at 2017 PNEG Conference in Pittsburgh

John 'Donnell will be the featured speaker at the Professional Nurse Educators Group (PNEG) 44th Annual National Conference in November.   ... more

Dr. Neal Benedict and Team Receives Award for Excellence

Congratulations to Dr. Neal Benedict et al. on their recent 2017 Award for Excellence in Assessment by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy! ... more

First Ever Pre-Medical Organization of Minority Students: Physiology course held at WISER

The Pre-Medical Organization of Minority Students: Physiology (POMS PHYS) course was held on April 29th. ... more

SAVE THE DATE: 15th Annual Safar Symposium

The Safar Symposium is a two day multi department research conference held on May 22nd and 23rd, 2017. ... more

WISER Fellow Dr. Lendis Wu Earns Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) Certification!

WISER Fellow Dr. Lendis Wu earned his Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) certification.  ... more

Dr. Paul Phrampus is Inducted into the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Academy.

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare Board of Directors announced the first group of Fellows. ... more

Congratulations Jon Mazur!

Senior Simulation Specialist Jon Mazur has successfully completed the Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS) certification. ... more

WISER on the Road at PANA Workshops

 WISER is excited to work with the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetist (PANA) to provide workshops at their annual conferences.   ... more

WISER plays critical role in UPMC Ebola Treatment Facility Designation

WISER played a critical role in the UPMC Ebola Treatment Facility Designation this past fall. ... more

WISER Staff Spotlight: Max Leake, Web Developer/Multimedia Application Developer

Max Leake, Web Developer/Multimedia Application Developer is our WISER staff spotlight for March. ... more

New Simulation Specialist Joins WISER

Michael Rodgers, BS, EMT-P joined the WISER team as a Simulation Specialist in January, 2017.  ... more

Thank you for your SERVICE!

Simulation Specialist Joseph “Jay” Dunham, a member of the U. S. Army Reserves, was deployed for active duty.  Jay returned to WISER in the middle of December 2016.   ... more

WISER Hosts Blood Drive

With the help of the Central Blood Bank, WISER hosted their first blood drive on Friday, January 20th.   ... more

Readiness Assessment Program Receives Acknowledgment from ACIE!

Readiness Assessment Program receives acknowledgement from the University’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE)! ... more

WISER Staff Spotlight: John Lutz, Director of Information Technology

Our WISER staff spotlight this month is John Lutz, Director of Information Technology and Co-Director of Research.   ... more

WISER Welcomes Dr. Yanling Zhang and Dr. Jen-Chieh (Lendis) Wu!

WISER welcomes new Fellows: Dr. Yanling Zhang and Dr. Dr. Jen-Chieh (Lendis) Wu.   ... more

Visit WISER at IMSH 2017

WISER staff will be in attendance of the 2017 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), which will be held January 28-February 1 in Orlando, FL.  ... more

WISER Instructor and Former Fellow Provide Training in Cambodia

A class on Crisis Team Management was provided to the staff at Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Siem Reap. ... more

UPMC Watson Center Receives FLS Test Center Approval

The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons has awarded the Charles G. Watson Surgical Education Center an official FLS testing center.  ... more

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