Director’s Corner with Dr. Paul Phrampus

Paul Phrampus

WISER Highlights Summer 2022

Greetings, Friends of WISER,  

The summer is treating us well here in Pittsburgh. It is that exciting time of year when new students begin their journey into learning how to transform into healthcare professionals through rigorous academic study and experiential learning programs. Further, newly minted physicians began their specialty training in their various residency programs. All this transforms into a busy time of year for us at WISER. Many of our simulation-based programs for interns and residents are focused on patient safety and see a significant influx of students during the beginning of the academic year. 

We have also converted to the newest version of our Simulation Information Management System, version 3.0, known as SIMS. The SIMS system is a web-based technology platform that serves as the backbone of our operations that allows us to conduct thousands of training programs per year. As you are aware, simulation-based training programs have many moving parts and significant logistics that require coordination, including curriculum development and deployment, staffing, scheduling, inventory management for all of our high-tech simulators, and consumable supplies that support the various education programs we conduct. SIMS simplifies this process and automates much of our work along with providing powerful educational tools to our fantastic faculty who teach simulation education programs.  

Our transition from Spring to Summer brought with it a most successful simulation session. The annual Safar Symposium, sponsored by the Safar Center for Resuscitation at the University of Pittsburgh, includes a dedicated simulation session at WISER. The symposium honors Dr. Peter Safar and had presentations from simulation experts from across the nation. Presenters included: Dr. KT Waxman (University of San Francisco), Dr. Joe Lopreiato (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences), Dr. Kristen Brown (Johns Hopkins School of Nursing), and Ms. Valerie Fulmer and Dr. John O’Donnell (both from the University of Pittsburgh). The sessions were educational, inspirational, and filled with a rich academic discussion with the audience following the faculty presentations. We are already looking forward to next year’s event! 

We remain excited as we continue to work with faculty members from across the University of Pittsburgh schools of health sciences as well as the UPMC Health System to continue to bring value to healthcare educational initiatives, quality improvement, and patient safety programs through careful integration of simulation-based education and assessment efforts.  

We remain excited about the future and hope you do as well! 

Until next time,  

Happy Simulating! 


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