Director’s Corner with Dr. Paul Phrampus

Paul Phrampus

WISER Highlights Spring 2022

Greetings Friends of WISER,

Exciting and busy times here in Pittsburgh! We have just concluded our WISER Symposium focusing on the role of simulation related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Our unique hybrid program included faculty participants from around the globe for our plenary opening sessions and panel. The afternoon on-site deep dive here at WISER allowed participants to focus on successful strategies for building simulations for DEI.

We are continuing to expand simulation across the UPMC Health System and are excited to announce another satellite center of WISER that will be at UPMC Western Maryland, located in Cumberland Maryland. We look forward to working with their team to provide simulation-based education focusing on quality and patient safety in their region.

Back home in Pittsburgh we have put the final touches on our new multimedia production studio, which is allowing us enhance capabilities to provide remote broadcast education and is serving a platform for creating prerecorded materials such as videos, audio voiceovers, and talking head productions. The studio has already been put to good use during the DEI symposium as well as several video projects currently underway.

We are planning for our upcoming annual Safar Symposium that will occur in May that is featuring a fantastic slate of speakers focusing on simulation as a learning proficiency tool. Look for registration materials for this fantastic, free event that is sponsored by the Safar Center for Resuscitation at the University of Pittsburgh in honor of the late Dr. Peter Safar.

We are continuing to run our inpatient crisis response system evaluation which conducts simulated mock code events at various UPMC Hospitals to identify latent patient safety threats as well as system preparedness successes to provide feedback to local hospital leadership. It is a fantastic program for quality and patient safety. We are busy planning a Rapid Response Team system meeting in the Fall to help share ideas and improve consistency across the UPMC system with regard to our response to unexpected deteriorating patients. More info to follow!

On behalf of the WISER team, we wish you all well and hope that you are busy finding ways to improve quality and patient safety whatever your connection to healthcare or simulation may be.

Until next time, Happy Simulating!

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