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The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER) made a strong showing at the annual International Meeting for Medical Simulation recently held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa Albuquerque New Mexico. The picturesque resort was located along the banks of the Rio Grande River at the base of Sandia Mountain, which, for most of the conference, was topped with thick clouds making it look like something out of "Lord of the Rings."
Members of the faculty and staff presented 6 poster abstracts.
Schaefer JJ: Mandatory Competency-based Difficult Airway Management Training at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Anesthesiology - Preliminary Findings.
Dooley J, McIvor WR, Lutz JW, Dongilli T, Schaefer JJ: Determining the Static Lung Compliance of the Laerdal SimManŽ Simulator.
Mahoney JF, Rogers PL, Dunmire SM, McIvor WR, Schaefer JJ: Longitudinal Integration of Simulation Technology Throughout the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum.
DeVita M, Schaefer JJ, Dongilli T, Wang H, Lutz J: Improving medical crisis TEAM performance using a computerized human patient simulator.
Dongilli T, DeVita M, Schaefer JJ, Grbach W, Fiedor ML, Grenvick A, Lutz JW: The Use of Simulation Training in a Large Multi-Hospital Health System to Increase Patient Safety.
Lutz JW, Dongilli Y, Schaefer JJ: The Integration of Performance Logs with Digital Video for Review of Simulation Training Sessions.
Dr. Schaefer's poster on "Competency-based Difficult Airway Management..." was selected for a follow-up presentation to the meeting at large and received a second-place honor in competition for the best abstract.
A new society was formalized at the meeting as well. The Society for Medical Simulation (SMS, www.socmedsim.org) held its inaugural meeting to finalize Board of Overseers membership and develop a mission statement. This society is a "broad-based, multi-disciplinary, multi-specialty, international society with ties to all medical specialties, nursing, allied health paramedical personnel and industry." Members of WISER had significant input at this important new meeting. During the meeting the decision to break from the Society of Technology in Anesthesia was made and the SMS will sponsor its own independent meeting beginning in 2006.
Michael Devita was nominated by John Schaefer to chair the Abstract Committee at the 2005 IMMS meeting, which will be held January 14-16 in Miami, Florida. As is tradition, Dr. Devita will then chair the Workshop Committee in 2006, and finally, chair the entire meeting in 2007.