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On January 14 - 17, 2006, the Society for Medical Simulation held its first freestanding annual meeting which took place at Sheraton Hotel and Marina in San Diego, CA. The meeting hosts many educational sessions along with a scientific session. WISER Associate Director Dr Michael DeVita served as the Workshop Chairman on the Program Committee. 104 abstracts were accepted for presentation in three categories that included Education, Patient Safety and technology and simulation center operations. One winner in each category was invited for oral presentation. Dr Devita was awarded first prize in the Technology and Operations category for his abstract entitled "A Novel Debriefing Tool: Online Facilitator Guidance Package for Debriefing Team Training Using Simulation". His abstract was co-authored by WISER┐s John Lutz, Information Technology Coordinator, and Crisis Team Course Instructors Nicolette Mininni and Wendy Grbach .
WISER faculty presented two other abstracts. John O'Donnell', Associate Director of Nursing Simulation presented "Curricular Integration Of Human Simulation Education Across Programs: SEGUE" and Paul Phrampus, MD, interim Institute Director presented ┐Perceptions of Experiencing Simulated Death". WISER┐s research director Dr. Ake Grenvik was invited to serve as one of the professors on the Poster Walk Rounds.
Over 700 registrants participated from different medical specialties, nursing, respiratory therapy, emergency medical services, intellectual technology and other simulation related fields. A surprisingly large number of exhibitors provided new information on their latest products in the rapidly expanding field of simulation technology.
Dr. David Gaba of Stanford University is the recently elected founding Chief Editor for the new SMS journal "Simulation in Healthcare". He convened the first meeting of the Editorial Board during this congress. Dr DeVita is one of the four associate editors with Drs Ake Grenvik and Paul Phrampus serving as editorial board members.
Tom Dongilli, Director of Operations and Administration of WISER was invited as a group leader in the Round Table Session on Simulation Center Operations. This session hosted over 120 people and generated a lively discussion with excellent ideas from the crowded audience. The SMS experiences at this meeting were extremely positive and next year's meeting is likely to draw a much larger crowd of participants. The 2007 meeting will take place in Orlando, Florida, Jan. 14 -17 with preconference meetings and special activities on Jan. 14. Dr Michael DeVita was elected 2007 Conference Chair and Mr. Dongilli will serve as the Chairman for the meetings operations track.