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Simulation in action

Chronicle production crew films faculty, students and technology at iCELS

For more visit the UMassMedNow web page for the full story and video links. 

Worcester Business Journal features faculty's article

A featured article “How to say ‘sorry’ to a patient” was written by Michele P. Pugnaire, MD, professor of family medicine & community health and medicine and senior associate dean for educational affairs and executive director of iCELS. The article is located on page 23 of the Worcester Business Journal

iCELS offers a simulation based course in offering apology to patients. The highly interactive course showcases patient actors who emotionally react to bad news (of an error) delivered by a clinician.  Expert faculty debrief learners and prepare them to react and communicate with patients and colleagues should a real life event occur.

To read the article, visit the Worcester Business Journal

UMass Medical School hosts the Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) Annual Education Retreat

The NEGEA is one of four regional groups of the AAMC's Group on Educational Affairs (GEA). The NEGEA’s purpose is to promote excellence in the education of medical students, residents, and physicians through the professional development of medical educators. The regional meetings provide a forum for exchanging ideas, learning new strategies, and developing plans that may facilitate your own work and implementation of the NEGEA mission.

Dr. Flotte's welcome video for NEGEA 2015

Please visit the NEGEA website for additional information 

iCELS Staff & Colleagues Present at the International Meeting for Medical Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 

The iCELS team presented at the 15th annual IMSH at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 10-14, 2015. Over 2,000 healthcare simulation professionals from around the globe attended this educational and networking event for healthcare simulationists from all disciplines. Click here to view abstracts

iCELS Hosts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Course

In the winter of 2014, iCELS hosted the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) course. 29 nurse candidates completed their written and mock exams and are now precepting at clinical sites.

iCELS staff and facilities played an important role in the success of the course. "The Albert Sherman Center, iCELS classroom space and clinical areas were just right for what we needed and truly provided a unique and extensive clinical experience for our students" remarked Karen Hazard, RN, BS, SANE, who is the Central Massachusetts DPH Coordinator.

The SANE candidates commented on the importance of the realistic environment which provided a unique and extensive clinical experience for the course. Student evaluations were very complementary of the facility and clearly showed iCELS is a great fit for the needs of the SANE course. 

Simulation-based Community-engaged Research Intervention for Informed Consent Protocol Testing and Training (SCRIIPTT)

The overarching goal of the Simulation-based Community-engaged Research Intervention for Informed Consent Protocol Testing and Training (SCRIIPTT) project is to incorporate culturally and linguistically competent methods into the informed consent process using the expertise of community members. It will be implemented through a community-academic partnership between Mosaic Cultural Complex, the UMass Center for Health Equity Intervention Research (CHEIR), the CCTS Bioethics Core, and the UMMS Office of Educational Affairs’ Inter-professional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS). The core of the project is the Community Advisors who are individuals from the Worcester community. Community Advisors are a part of the Research Team. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Project Overview

AAMC Develops Health Equity Virtual Site Visit

The AAMC has created a new resource, Health Equity Virtual Site Visit, to highlight the outstanding health equity research portfolio at AAMC-member institutions. The Virtual Site Visit features videos, webinars, presentations, journal articles, and other resources from a single institution that reflect the cutting edge research, novel curricula, and innovative care delivery that can contribute to the evidence base for minimizing health and health care gaps. The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is featured as the first Virtual Site Visit for its commitment to eliminating health disparities through its service, research, and training of students to care for populations whose needs currently are not being met. The AAMC plans to work with two to three member institutions each year to curate content for the collection. To learn more about health equity research at UMMS, visit

UMass Visits State House

BOSTON- iCELS faculty and staff participated in a health fair at the Massachusetts State House.

UMass Memorial president and CEO highlights his experience at iCELS event: Physician-Patient Communication Improvement Initiative (PPCI)

Dr. Eric Dickson, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School maintains a blog entitled Every Day Innovators to present initiatives “homegrown” at UMass Memorial, it also offers examples from other health care organizations and industries to illustrate what works when it comes to improving the process, eliminating the waste and feeling productive and energized by our work. To visit the blog:  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE BLOG