Gerald Stapleton and Philip Bertulfo from the Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois – Chicago gave a great talk at the School of Human Ecology on the University of Wisconsin – Madison Campus on March 2, 2011.  Their talk provided an overview of worldwide efforts to harness virtual worlds like Second Life and Open Sim for higher education. Their presentations illustrated how academic institutions, businesses, and foundations are using virtual spaces and game-based landscapes as

HPSN was a whirlwind.  I finally arrived in Tampa Tuesday afternoon in time to catch the later half of the Tuesday conference offerings, spend 45 minutes in the sun at the pool, and have Dinner with my good friends from the Netherlands, Joris Broeren and Michiel Schutter and their colleagues. Tuesday afternoon Shirley Huchins, MSN, RN  gave a great talk titled: Social Learning Strategies for Simulation Learning applications. It was good to see a presentation on nursing education that emphasized the

MODSIM World Canada 2011 Conference and Expo will take place in Ottawa from June 20-22. The event organizers describe it as an “international summit for disseminating recent advances in the field of system modeling and simulation.” Health, medical and biotech are the topics of one of its four tracks this year. Registration will open in March. Check out their site for more information. Be sure to note the link at the bottom of the page with instructions for submitting

So getting out of the Madison, Wisconsin would have involved buses and standby tickets from Madison to Tampa.  I’m scheduled for a 5:15AM flight again on Tuesday.  The presentation titled Simulation-Based Resuscitation: Team Leadership is still scheduled to take place on Wed February 22 at the METI HPSN Conference.  It is snowing again so we will see… If all goes well I should be wheels down in Tampa around Noon tomorrow.

Eric Bauman, PhD, RN and Katie White, MD will be presenting at the 2011 METI Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) Conference. The 2011 HPSN conference runs from February 22-24 at the Marriott Waterside – Tampa, FL. Bauman and White will be presenting on Wednesday February 23 at 11:30. Their presentation is titled: Simulation-Based Resuscitation – Team Leadership. The weather in Madison, WI – Clinical Playground’s world headquarters has taken a turn for the ugly (snow and

Katie White Katie White, MD has joined the Clinical Playground “Players” list as an Associate.  Dr. White is a staff physician at the William Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital in Madison, WI. Dr. White and Clinical Playground, LLC founding and managing member Dr. Eric B. Bauman met while White was rounding out her Internal Medicine training as Chief Resident at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Drs. White and Bauman will be in Tampa, FL

Abe Megahed and Marty Gustafson have both joined Clinical Playground, LLC as associates.  Both Marty and Abe work in the Hypercosm™ division of ORBITEC located in Madison, WI. This is something of a reciprocal collaboration as Clinical Playground, LLC managing member Eric B. Bauman recently became an associate of Orbitec.  This said, the addition of Marty and Abe to our “Players” list enhances the the depth and breadth of expertise

The Games for Health Project is another group that thinks healthcare education and gaming go well together (we agree!) and their 2011 conference is coming soon. It is their 7th annual conference and will take place May 17-19 at the Hyatt Harborside in Boston. Read more about the project and the conference at their website. It may be a bit late to submit content to the conference, but submissions are still being accepted. You can check for requirements

Games for Change is an organization describing itself as the “leading global advocate for supporting and making games for social impact.” They will be hosting their 8th annual Games for Change Festival in New York City on June 20-22, 2011. Along with the festival announcement they’ve posted a call for content asking for, among other things, games for education. In particular, 5-7 games in progress will be highlighted and demoed for a panel of designers and funders. The