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Faculty host simulation conference April 25-26

GREENVILLE, N.C.   (Apr. 23, 2007)   —   The role of simulation in health care education and keeping patients safe are the themes of an East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine conference Wednesday and Thursday.

The conference begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Greenville Hilton with keynote speaker Dr. Matthew Weinger, director of simulation technologies and professor of anesthesiology, biomedical informatics and medical education in the Center for Experimental Learning and Assessment at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He will discuss the Vanderbilt experience with simulation.

Simulation-based education is designed to mimic real-life situations where the learner is given an opportunity to reason though a clinical problem, learn and practice high-risk procedures in a no-risk, hands-on environment and safely make diagnostic and treatment decisions before proceeding to the bedside.

The conference will explore various aspects of simulation, its practical application and how current and future health professionals will be impacted by its widespread adoption in health care education.

Presentations will be held until 4 p.m. Wednesday on topics ranging from high-fidelity patient simulation and integration to competency assessment. Thursday, a tour of simulation facilities on the ECU health sciences campus will be held.

The program is aimed at physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, pre-hospital providers, educational center operations directors, technology specialists, educators and students involved in simulation-based training using mannequins, task trainers, standardized patients, computer programs, virtual reality or other models.

Program directors are Dr. Walter "Skip" Robey III, director of the medical simulation and patient safety laboratory and clinical associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brody, and Dr. David Musick, associate dean of medical education at Brody.

Additional guest faculty are Dr. Karen Daley, associate professor of nursing at Western Connecticut State University, and Dr. James A. Gordon, director of the Gilbert Program in Medical Simulation at Harvard Medical School and assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Medical Simulation at Cambridge.

Other ECU faculty are Dr. Nicholas Benson, vice dean and senior associate dean for operations at Brody; Dr. Maria Clay, director of the office of clinical skills assessment and education and co-director of the office of interdisciplinary health sciences education; Dr. Laura Gantt, executive director of learning technologies and labs and assistant professor in the School of Nursing; Dr. Heidi Lane, associate director of the office of clinical skills assessment and education; Dr. Keith Nelson, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. John Pender, clinical associate professor of surgery; Dr. William Price, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine; Dr. Irene Hamrick, assistant professor of family medicine and director of the geriatric fellowship program.

Collaborative sponsors are the Brody School of Medicine, ECU Emergency Medicine Medical Simulation and Patient Safety Lab, the Medical Foundation of ECU, Eastern Area Health Education Center, the ECU Division of Health Sciences, University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

For more information, contact Donna Morgan at 252-744-4184 or 252-531-3243 or e-mail

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at (252) 328-6799 (V) or (252) 328-0899 (TTY).


Contact: Crystal Baity | 252-744-2481