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October 29, 2007

Mtg: Technologies and Applications of Simulation in Healthcare & Tour of Simulation Center at Stanford

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WEDNESDAY November 21
SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: David M. Gaba, M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine
Time: Presentation at 7:30 PM; come early for optional dinner at Stanford Hospital cafeteria
Cost: none (parking free after 4 PM)
Place: Clark Center Auditorium at Stanford University
RSVP: not required

This talk will provide an overview of the modalities and applications of simulation. There will be a brief review of some of the history, especially that of my own laboratory’s pioneering developments dating back to 1986. Organizational aspects of the diffusion of these technologies and applications will be discussed, including why healthcare is different from the analogous industries that have been used as models of simulation (aviation, nuclear power, spaceflight, military).

There will also be a detailed tour of the new Goodman Simulation Center (GSC) at Stanford. This center is the newest of 3 dedicated simulation centers at Stanford and its associated hospitals. Stanford is one of the world leaders of all varieties of simulation in healthcare, and the GSC has many state-of-the-art (or better) characteristics. It is also the pathfinder for a 28,000 square foot Immersive Learning Center that will occupy the entire basement of the new medical education building — the Learning and Knowledge Center — currently in the final stages of design for construction and opening by spring 2010.

DAVID M. GABA, M.D. is Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning and Professor of Anesthesia (with tenure) at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also Director of the Patient Safety Culture Institute and the Patient Simulation Center of Innovation at Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System where he is a Staff Anesthesiologist. Over the last 22 years Dr. Gaba’s laboratory has worked extensively on human performance and patient safety issues. This laboratory is a pioneer in applying organizational safety theory to health care – including both Normal Accidents theory and High Reliability Organization theory. Dr. Gaba and his team is the inventor of the modern full-body patient simulator and is responsible for introducing Crew Resource Management training from aviation to healthcare, first in anesthesia and then to many other healthcare domains. He has been the principal investigator on grants from a wide variety of funders, and is currently the PI on projects concerning safety culture in hospitals and on applying simulation to address safety culture in diverse types of hospitals ranging from rural critical access hospitals to large urban academic centers. Many of Dr. Gaba’s fellows, faculty collaborators, and protgs have gone on to leadership positions on human performance in healthcare, organizational safety, and simulation in healthcare throughout the world.

Dr. Gaba is an author on more than 75 original articles and editorials in a wide spectrum of journals. He is the author of 18 book chapters, and one influential book: Crisis Management in Anesthesiology (which has been translated into three other languages). He has been visiting professor at a multitude of national and international academic sites and has delivered numerous named lectures. He is the Secretary of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and a founding member of the Research Committee of the National Patient Safety. He is a current and founding board member of both the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the Advanced Initiatives on Medical Simulation. He is a current and founding member of the Committee on Simulation of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Dr. Gaba served on the editorial boards of three journals: Anesthesiology, Human Factors, and Teaching and Learning in Medicine, and has been a consultant reviewer for many more. He is the current and founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Simulation in Healthcare, the only peer-reviewed journal on simulation, published by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. He served on the Stanford Institutional Review Board for nine years, six of which he chaired an IRB panel on medical research.

Dr. Gaba was awarded the 2003 David M. Worthen Award for Academic Excellence, a national award from the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the 2003 Duke Award for Excellence and Innovation in Anesthesia Education from the Society for Education in Anesthesia. Dr. Gaba was one of two foreign scientists invited to address Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the opening of the simulation center in Perth, Western Australia in April, 2000.

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