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2015 SimOps Journal Club

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

Next event: December 17, 2015

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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.

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Courses for Simulation Educators and Administrators

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WISER Staff Participate in National Wear Red Day

WISER Staff participate in National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness of heart disease and stroke on February 5, 2016. ... more

WISER Staff Spotlight: Application Coordinator/QA Lead Kim Mitchell

Kim Mitchell, Application Coordinator/QA lead has been with WISER since January 2004.

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Dr. Xudong Chen Joins WISER as New Fellow

Dr. Xudong Chen from Hunan, China would like to focus on several aspects important to running a successful simulation center. ... more

WISER Staff Attending 2016 IMSH

WISER staff will be in attendance at the IMSH conference on January 16th to 20th in San Diego, California. ... more

WISER Welcomes New Director of Administration

WISER is pleased to welcome Kervens Brun to the team as Director of Administration. ... more

Tom Dongilli Authors Book Chapter

Tom Dongilli, Director of Operations at WISER, has recently authored a chapter in "Healthcare Simulation, A Guide for Operations Specialists". ... more

WISER Staff Spotlight: Jay Dunham

WISER Staff Spotlight this month is Jay Dunham, Simulation Operations Specialist. ... more

WISER Welcomes Janelle McCarl, Administrative Assistant

WISER is pleased to welcome our newest staff member, Janelle McCarl, as our front desk Administrative Assistant.   ... more

Dr. Tang and Dr. Zhao Begin Fellowship at WISER

WISER hopes to equip our newest Fellows with the necessary tools, experience and knowledge to expand their simulation endeavors. ... more

WISER Births NEW Satellite Center

Beginning September 1st, 2015, WISER will provide support to maintain the Magee Women's Hospital satellite simulation center! ... more

WISER Open House Held on September 10th

WISER hosted their first Open House to introduce WISER and our educational program support capabilities. 

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WISER Offers Industry Training Programs

WISER launches industry training programs. These programs can include usability testing and data collection. ... more

Clinton Clegg Obtains CHSOS

Clinton Clegg, WISER Simulation Specialist, obtains CHSOS certification. ... more

Plastic Surgery Boot Camp held at WISER

The American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons sponsored Plastic Surgery Boot Camp was held for three day at WISER beginning Friday, July 31st to Sunday, August 2nd.   ... more

Martin Mayer Obtains CHSOS Certification

WISER Simulation Specialist Martin Mayer obtains CHSOS certification. ... more

Clinical Response Team Refresher Training

WISER and UPMC team up to create and run Clinical Response Team refresher program.  
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WISER hosts Day 2 of SBIRT Conference ... more

WISER Trains Tsinghua University (China) Visiting Scholars

WISER conducted simulation based training programs for Tsinghua University Visiting Scholars  ... more

WISER hosts portion of 13th Safar Symposium

WISER hosts day two of the 13th Safar Symposium ... more

EM Residency team has strong showing at Sim Wars

EM Residency Sim Wars Team had a strong showing at The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Meeting ... more

Benign Esophageal Hands-On Conference

WISER successfully hosted the hands-on portion of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery’s  ... more

WISER Hosts Take Your Child to Work Day

WISER staff members participated in the national Take Your Child to Work day event ... more

SimOps Journal Club April Webinar

The next SimOps Journal Club is scheduled for April 23, 2015 at 2pm. ... more

Training Tomorrow's Surgeon at UPMC

On Friday, March 20th Dr. Paul Phrampus, and Dr. MacCalus Hogan, convened a daylong round-table symposium  ... more

University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program Voted #1 by US News and World Report

University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program was voted #1 Graduate Nurse Anesthesia Program. ... more

WISER and UPMC develop an Ebola Response Team Training course

The Clinical Response Team Training (CRTT), was developed to train response team members  ... more

WISER offers new TECH SIM Course

WISER to offer a new training program created for Simulation Operations Specialists, TECH SIM!  ... more

WISER Collaborates with Heritage Valley

WISER had the opportunity to collaborate with the Heritage Valley Health System Beaver Campus ... more

WISER Hosts Girl Scout Troop 52235

Girl Scout Troop 52235 came to WISER for an overview of how to handle emergency situations  ... more

Dr. McIvor promoted to Professor of Anesthesiology

Congratulations to William R. McIvor, MD, who was recently promoted to Professor of Anesthesiology.  ... more

Chancellor's Weekend Tour makes a stop at WISER

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and a variety of University of Pittsburgh alumni and distinguished guests toured WISER ... more

Kevin Miracle becomes CHSOS certified

WISER would like to congratulate Kevin Miracle ... more

WISER Fellow Dr. Musits Hosts Recurrent Journal Club

WISER held an online academic discussion of two simulation based research articles.  ... more

WISER has strong presence at the 2015 IMSH

WISER leadership played a significant role in not only presenting these various topics but also in attending sessions ... more

WISER launches new Community Outreach Programming Course

WISER successfully launched its new Community Outreach Programming course ... more

Where to find WISER at the 2015 IMSH

WISER staff will again be attending the 205 IMSH.  ... more

Dr. Phrampus presents at Laerdal SUN

Dr. Paul Phrampus traveled to Philadelphia, PA for the Laerdeal SUN Conference.  ... more

WISER Instructors Earn Awards

During the School of Medicine's annual curriculum colloquium several WISER faculty members  ... more

WISER at UPMC Altoona

WISER  presented two Introduction to Ultrasound sessions to the Emergency Medicine faculty members of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Hospital.  ... more

UPMC holds Donning and Doffing courses at WISER

Recently training sessions took place at WISER for step-by -step PPE Training ... more

Dr. Phrampus to deliver keynote at ASPiH

Dr. Phrampus will serve as the keynote speaker at the 2014 ASPiH Annual Conference.  ... more

UPMC PreHospital records PPE video at WISER

WISER has taken the lead  ... more

WISER Hosts Simulation Fellow Journal Club

Participants discussed two simulation based research articles ... more

Dr. Curtiss Porter tours WISER

Dr. Curtiss Porter of Mayor William Peduto's office visited WISER.  ... more

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Visits WISER

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Weekend itinerary included a visit to WISER ... more

Dr. Phrampus Keynote Speaker

 Dr. Paul Phrampus was the Keynote Speaker for the Cincinnati Children’s 2014 Regional Simulation Conference. ... more

WISER 20th Celebration on March 26th

WISER celebrates 20 years of training and patient safety excellence! ... more

WISER Welcomes Lindsey Rosaschi

WISER is happy to announce that Lindsey Rosaschi has joined WISER as the new Administrative Assistant. ... more

WISER introduces VIMEDIX Simulator

As part of its mission to increase ultrasound training and utilization, WISER recently purchased the CAE VIMEDIX Ultrasound Simulator ... more

WISER Welcomes Dr. Min-Hsin Huang

Min-Hsin Huang, MD has joined WISER as a visiting fellow. ... more

WISER Welcomes Dr. Andrew Musits

WISER is happy to announce that Andrew Musits, MD has joined WISER as a visiting fellow. ... more

SSH Sim Ops Pittsburgh 2014

This year, WISER was chosen to host the 2014 Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Sim Ops Conference on July 11th and 12th. ... more

WISER develops mobile headwall unit

The WISER operations team recently developed a mobile headwall unit. The unit was created in response to the need for a headwall ... more

WISER Hosts Surgical Workshop

WISER hosted a component of UPMC's "2014 Minimally Invasive Approaches to the Management of Achalasia and Other Benign Esophageal Disorders" course ... more

WISER Leadership Authors Book Chapter

Dr. Paul Phrampus, WISER Director, and John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN, DrPH, Associate Director, Nursing Programs at WISER, recently authored a chapter on  ... more

WISER hosts Day 2 of Safar Symposium

The second day of the 12th Annual Safar Symposium was held at WISER on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014.  The focus of this year's simulation portion ... more

WISER Introduces Local School to Simulation

Recently, WISER was invited to the Mars Area High School where 10th, 11th and 12th grade Anatomy and Physiology and AP Biology students experienced simulation first hand  ... more

WISER Welcomes Medical School Alumni Reunion Tour

As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, WISER participated in the annual Medical School Alumni Reunion Weekend which took place May 15th-19th 2014  ... more

WISER's CHP Satellite Faculty Abstract Wins Awards

An abstract submitted by Children's Hospital WISER Satellite facility recently won several awards. "Embedding Patient Simulation in a Pediatric Cardiology Rotation  ... more

Two Nurses From KK Women's Hospital Visit WISER

Two nurse educators from KK Women's and Children's Hospital in Singapore recently completed a two week Preceptor Program at WISER ... more

WISER hosts first SimOps Journal Club

WISER and Summa Health Virtual Care Simulation Lab hosted the first SimOps Journal Club on April 10, 2014.  These webinars are dedicated  ... more

WISER introduces new Sim Specialists

WISER welcomes Clinton Clegg and Martin "Marty" Mayer to the Simulation Specialists team.  ... more

WISER to host First Regional SimOPs Symposium

WISER will be hosting the first Regional SimOPs Symposium on July 11-12, 2014.  The symposium is presented by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare ... more

WISER at 2014 IMSH

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) announces record attendance at the 14th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) held January 25-29, 2014  ... more

WISER Partners with Leading Centers for SimOps Journal Club

SimOps Journal Club is sponsored by the WISER Simulation Center, SUMMA Health System Virtual Care Simulation Lab and the Gordon Center for Research and Medical Education.  ... more

Upcoming 2014 IMSH

WISER will again be in attendance of the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare from January 27-29, 2014 in San Francisco, California. ... more

New Preceptors from Tokyo Healthcare University

WISER is pleased to have welcomed individuals from Tokyo Healthcare University.  Visiting WISER were Dr. Kazuhiko Yamashita, Kaori Kusuda and Yuta Funayama. ... more

Cardiothoracic Surgery Course starting this month

WISER debuted a new surgical simulation course this week. The Preparation for CT Surgery-Cardiac Simulation Lab course is a surgical simulation course ... more

WISER Welcomes New Fellow

WISER is happy to announce that Su-Jin Kim, MD has joined WISER as a visiting fellow. ... more

Delegation from Libya Visits WISER

WISER was pleased to host a team of delegates from the embassy of Libya. ... more

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