Clinical Playground’s Eric B. Bauman named Honorary Fellow and Visiting Scholar

Eric B. Bauman, PhD

Eric B. Bauman, PhD

The Executive Committee of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction of the University of Wisconsin-Madison named Clinical Playground, LLC founding and managing member Dr. Eric B. Bauman as an Honorary Fellow and Visiting Scholar. Bauman will be working with Professor Kurt Squire and the Games+Learning+Society.  Bauman is working on layered learning approaches that leverage mini-games, digital applications,  and haptic simulators  that support clinical education.

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Clinical Playground & Kingsley Elementary School, Naperville District 203

District-203-NapervilleDr. Eric B. Bauman founder and managing member of Clinical Playground, LLC recently provided consultation to the Kingsley Elementary School in Naperville, IL (District 203). The consultation was arranged by teacher Kathy Schoengrund and principal Erin Markers.  Kingsley Elementary is already leveraging educational technology though the use of iPads in their classrooms.  Discussion centered around best practices related to game-based learning and evaluation of game-based learning.  In other words, is there evidence to support this type of pedagogy and if so, how might we evaluate what we are doing in our own school? Providing learning opportunities that help prepare students of any age for future academic success is always a worthwhile and a exciting opportunity. Clinical Playground, LLC looks forward to seeing the enthusiastic team at Kingsley Elementary School meet and exceed their goals with game-based learning.

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Abstract Submissions Open: 4th Annual Serious Games and Virtual Environment Arcade @ IMSH 2014

The 2014 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) hosted by the Screen shot 2013-09-11 at 10.46.00 AMSociety for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) will be January 25th – 29th, 2014 in San Francisco, CA. The annual Serious Games and Virtual Environment Arcade will be taking place as part of IMSH 2014.  The Arcade and Showcase will again include the the Best-in-Show awards.  Participants are eligible for award in the following categoies: Academic – Faculty, Academic – Student, Small Company/Entrepreneurial, and Large Company/Corporation.

Co-chairs for this event include Clinical Playground founder and managing member, Dr. Eric B. Bauman and Dr. Jeff Taekman. Dr. Taekman also hosts the popular simulation blog SimSingularity and is Director of the Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center at Duke University.  This years Best-in-Show judges include Dr. Thomas “Brett” Talbot, Dr. Katie White, and Gerald Stapleton.

Thomas "Brett" Talbot, MD

Thomas “Brett” Talbot, MD

Dr. Talbot formally of the Telemedicine & Advanced Research Center ( and current faculty member at University of Southern California is widely recognized as a thought leader in game-based learning and simulation for clinical education. Dr. Talbot gave the Serious Games and Virtual Environment Keynote presentation at IMSH 2012 in San Diego.

Dr. White, a Clinical Playground Player,  is currently the SSH Serious Games and Virtual Environment Special Interest Secretary and is clinical Assistant Professor in the general internal medicine section at the University of Iowa where she is involved with resident and undergraduate medical education. Gerald Staple is Faculty Associate and Director for Distance Education at the University of Illinois School of Medicine – Department of Medical Education.

If you have a Serious Game, Mobile Application or Virtual Environment situated within the healthcare environment you should strongly consider participating in the 2014 Serious Games and Virtual Environment Arcade and Showcase.  Event information and electronic submission is available at available at:

Click here to learn about last years Best-in-Show winners

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Spring and Summer Musings

Game-Based Teaching and Simulation in Nursing and Healthcare Goes into 2nd Print!

Bauman TextGame-Based Teaching and Simulation in Nursing and Healthcare sold out its first print run. The Springer Publishing Company has taken the text into a second print. A recent  review had this to say about the text.

“This is a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in integrating gaming and simulation into a course or the entire curricula. It presents the theory and the associated practical application. The extensive reference list and resource/product list encourage and support readers with implementation.” Score: 98, 5 Stars.–Doody’s


Available online from a variety of sources including the Springer Publishing Company

Bauman presents at the Haggerstown Quest for Excellence Conference

Screen shot 2013-07-09 at 3.36.17 PMClinical Playground, LLC founder and managing member Dr. Eric B. Bauman provided the afternoon plenary session at the Hagerstown Community College – Quest for Excellence Simulation Conference on June 5, 2013. Dr. Bauman’s presentation titled Game-Based Teaching focused on the implementation of video games and mobile applications for clinical and health sciences education.

Jeffries and Bauman

Jeffries and Bauman

Professor and Associate Dean, Dr. Pam Jeffries from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing also presented at this conference. Dr. Jeffies’ focused on the state of the literature and research in the area of simulation-based education. The Quest conference attendees represented a breadth of experience and included teaching faculty, educational support staff, and administrators.  Attendees peppered Drs. Bauman and Jeffries with thoughtful and discussion generating questions throughout the day.

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Dr. Eric B. Bauman Provides Game-Based Learning Workshop for San Francisco State University School of Nursing

Jill Saberman MSN, WHNP-BC & Eric B. Bauman, PhD, RN

Jill Saberman MSN, WHNP-BC and Eric B. Bauman, PhD, RN

Dr. Eric B. Bauman recently returned from a visit to the San Francisco State University School of Nursing where he provided a workshop on Game-Based Learning for Nursing and Clinical Education on April, 3, 2013. He was invited to the San Francisco State campus after Jill Saberman, MSN, WHNP-BC who is the campus Simulation Program Coordinator saw Bauman’s plenary session and workshop at the 2012 Magic in Teaching Conference sponsored by the California Simulation Alliance and the University of San Francisco School of Nursing.

Bauman spent the morning discussing and demonstrating how game and mobile application learning can be integrated into nursing and health sciences curricula.  During the afternoon he met with various faculty to provide in depth consultation related to concepts of best-practice and best-fit when choosing specific types of digital environments and learning platforms for nursing and clinical education.



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Dr. Eric B. Bauman introduces Game-Based Learning to the International Dialysis Conference

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Photo by Abe Megahed

Clinical Playground’s founder and managing member Dr. Eric B. Bauman was in Seattle on March 11th for the 2013 International Dialysis conference, where he provided a plenary session titled Apps & Games for Clinical and Patient Education: Mechanism for Behavioral Change.  Mobile applications, video games, and virtual environments are increasingly being integrated into clinical and continuing education curricula.  Using mobile applications and games for patient education remain an under-leveraged, yet promising possibility for facilitating behavioral change.  Traditional didactic strategies for patient education remain largely ineffective.  This is of particular concern when it comes to dialysis care and kidney disease because behavioral change, the types of decisions patients make in terms of diet, and adherence to treatment plans could have huge effects on mortality and morbidity.

Using innovative strategies like game-based learning may be seen as innovative and engaging by patients.  Further, game-based learning, including mobile technology may provide interesting and novel ways to map behavioral change to quantitative data related to disease process.


Eric B. Bauman in Seattle

Mobile applications and video games often have built in scoring matrices that can document player/patient success in various targeted domains. These matrices make them particularly interesting research tools and mechanisms for mapping behavior to tangible data like diagnostic laboratory findings.

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IMSH Serious Games and Virtual Environments Showcase and Arcade Award Winners

Bruce Nappi & Sem Lampotang

Bruce Nappi & Sem Lampotang

By Katie White, MD

The Serious Games and Virtual Environments Showcase and Arcade at IMSH 2013 in  in Orlando, Florida at Peabody Convention Center was a resounding success again this year. The number of participants continues to grow as does the buzz surrounding the event. Using the hashtag #IMSHarcade, Twitter kept IMSH attendees informed about the event and certainly contributed to the record numbers of gamers who showed up to try out this year’s entries.

Awards were given out to the top two entries in each of four categories: Academic – Student, Academic – Faculty, Commercial – Small or Emerging Company, and Commercial – Large Company. There were 3 judges on this year’s panel: Gerald Stapleton, MS, Director of Distance Education for the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Medicine; Ben Devane, PhD, from the University of Florida’s Digital Worlds Institute; and Katie White, MD from the University of Iowa Department of Medicine. They evaluated entries with respect to their educational value, the quality of the game as it relates to its user interface, and their impact on training in clinical healthcare fields. The following awards were handed out at this year’s awards ceremony on January 29, 2013:

IMSH2013 Arecade

Academic – Student Winner:

  • Lift-Off App for Behavioral Therapy – Katelyn Procci, et al., University of Central Florida

Academic-Faculty Runner-Up:

  •  On-line Neonatal NP and NICU Training Module – Judy Leflore, University of Texas at Arlington

Academic-Faculty Winner:

Student Winner - Katelyn Procci

Student Winner – K. Procci

  • ON Call – Emergency Triage Communication Game – Massachussetts Digital Games Institute and UMass Medical School

Commercial – Small or Emerging Company Runner-Up:

  • Resuscitation! app, EM Gladiators LLC

Commercial – Small or Emerging Company Winner:

  •  i-Human Virtual Patient Software, i-Human

Commercial – Large Company Runner-Up:

  • STAT! – Trauma Triage, Vcom3D Inc.

Commercial – Large Company Winner:

  • Mimic Robotic Simulator, Mimic Simulation

IMSH 2014 will be held in San Francisco on January 26-28. Next year will mark the 4th Annual Serious Games and Virtual Environments Arcade & Showcase.  The Arcade and Showcase continues to grow in size and popularity and you do not want to miss it next year.

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Clinical Playgroud Founder Receives Award at IMSH 2013

Eric B. Bauman

Eric B. Bauman, PhD, RN received an award for Service and Dedication to the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) on January, 29, 2013 in Orlando, FL. Dr. Bauman was recognized for his service as the inaugural chair of the Society’s website committee.  The virtual or web presence of the the Society has become essential in the digital age.  Not only is the SSH itself steeped with technology, but the internet has become the primary means for member involvement outside of IMSH. The webpage is the face of the SSH and provides the primary preparation venue for IMSH, which attracts some 3000 participants annually. The webpage, also provides the portal for digital access for the Society’s official journal, Simulation in Healthcare.

In Related News: Drs. White and Bauman of Clinical Playground Join the Social Media Faculty at IMSH

IMSH 2013 Social Media Faculty

Katie White, MD and Eric B. Bauman, PhD, RN joined, Yue Dong, MD, Suzie Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, Jeff Taekman, MD, and Andrew Spain as faculty facilitators for the Social Media in Medical Education session at IMSH.  This course has been offered at the last three IMSH Conferences, first in New Orleans in 2011 and last year in San Diego.  With every year the participation has grown. This year had over 80 participants working with course faculty to learn about twitter, linkedin, blogging, and facebook. This session was also live tweeted by Dr. Ben DeVane from from the University of Florida Digital Worlds Institute [#SSHSM]. Blogger extraordinaire Jeff Taekman actually left IMSH to attend MacWorld/iWorld, where he gave a talk on a recent blog he started that focuses Workflows in Personal and Professional Productivity ( Dr. Taekman is Director of the Duke University Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center. Also see Taekman’s orginal blog SimSingularity.

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Clinical Playground Players Head to IMSH in Orlando

Clinical Playround players, colleagues, and collaborators are headed to the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 2013 in Orlando Florida January 26-30.  Drs. Eric B. Bauman and Katie White will be working with frequent Clinical Playground, LLC collaborators to facilitate a four-hour per-conference and two-hour immersive workshop on Game-Based Learning and Immersive Environments.  Bauman and White will be joined by Drs. Parvati Dev and Wm. LeRoy Heinrichs from, as well as Dr. Cindy Foronda from University of Miami and Gerald Stapleton from University of Illinois – Chicago.

White and Bauman will also be participating in a panel discussion and workshop on the merits and importance of Social Media and Education, specifically clinical education led by Dr. Yue Dong  from the Mayo Clinic. They will be joined by Dr. Jeff Taekman from Duke University, Dr. Suzie Kardong Edgren from Boise State, Andrew Spain from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and self proclaimed “Social Media Geek” Jen Reeves.  Reeves, a former producer and educator has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the area of social media. Join the hype and live discussion at IMSH on twitter for this workshop by following #SSHSM.

Ben DeVane

Drs. Bauman and Taekman will be joined by Beth Bryant of Games for Health and DigitalMill to facilitate the 3rd Annual Serious Games and Virtual Environment Arcade and Showcase. This year year marks the innaugral Best-in-Show awards for the Arcade and Showcase.  Dr. Ben DeVane Assistant Professor from the University of Florida Digital World Institute at Gainesville will be leading the judging efforts with Gerald Stapleton and Dr. Katie White.

If you cannot make it to IMSH this year, you can follow the happenings of the conference in general on twitter by following #IMSH2013.

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Yenilmez Demonstrates Passion for Physical Therapy and Game-Based Learning

Tolga Yenilmez

Tolga Yenilmez, PT is working with Dr. Eric B. Bauman on his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) practicum project at Boston University. Yenilmez is a licensed and registered physical therapist in 3 countries (Turkey, United Kingdom and USA). He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Istanbul, Turkey and since then has been working with a wide variety of patients, of different cultures and age groups. His areas of interest are holistic therapy, aquatic therapy and nutritional support for recovery of patients. He became licensed and registered as a physiotherapist in United Kingdom’s HPC (Health Professionals Council) in 2004 and as a physical therapist in the State of New York  in 2009. In addition, Yenilmez has translated medical journal articles for Turgut Publishing, Inc. in Istanbul.

Yenilmez’s practicum project seeks to use a game-based application to teach students about positional injuries related to academic life – posture, computer use, etc… To this end Yenilmez is concurrently enrolled at Madison Collage in the very competitive animation and graphic arts program focusing on clinical and medical applications.  Pursuing both programs simultaneously is symbiotic and rigorous.  This sort of commitment demonstrates Tenilmez’s commitment to pursuing and achieving goals that are both academic and translational.



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