Conferences and Workshops

2014 Summer Simulation Multi-Conference, The Society for Modeling & Simulation International, Monterey, CA, July 6-10, 2014

David Biffar, MS

Research Presentations. 

Video-guided Direct laryngoscopy: Consideration for using Simulation to Teach Inexperienced Medical Students

The comparison of High Definition Versus Stereoscopic Display on Standardized Fundamental Laparoscopic Skill Procedures

Surgical Navigation Pointer facilitates Identification of Targets in a Simulated Environment

2014 Workshop on Perinatal Practice Strategies, Innovation and Evidence 

Lisa Grisham, NNP, MS; Joe Livingston, MD, Scottsdale Arizona, April 4-6, 2014

Pediatric Simulation Pre-Conference Workshop
National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting, Tucson, Arizona, January 14 - 18, 2014

David Biffar, MS (on-site Simulation Technician)

How mobile can you go? Making the most of your patient simulator outside of the training facility. 

David E. Biffar, MS; Lisa Grisham, NNP, MS

Presented at the Human Patient Simulator Network World Conference, San Francisco, CA, Jun. 30 - Jul. 2, 2013

The following is curriculum pertaining to the 4 scenarios that were presented: 1) Pre-hospital mass casualty, 2) CT Surgery, 3) Adult ECMO transport, and 4) Mobile ICU Transport.

Novel Cardiothoracic Trainer to Improve Interprofessional Education (IPE) During Robotic Surgery

David E. Biffar, MS

Podium Presentation at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, Orlando, FL, Jan. 26-30, 2013

Playing Frankenstein: Make Artificial Tissue Come to Life!

David E. Biffar, MS

Presentation at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, Orlando, FL, Jan 26-30, 2013

Become more involved in the fidelity of your training equipment while lowering your consumable costs. This presentation addresses potential applications of artificial tissue in medical simulation training and the requirements to starting your own artificial tissue lab. 

Bringing Simulation to the Customer: That's how we roll

David E. Biffar, MS 

Presentation at the Western Regional Human Patient Simulator Network, Phoenix, AZ, Nov 8-9, 2012

In situ simulation allows health care providers to train in their natural interprofessional environment. It reduces the situational barrier and enhances transfer validity of training. This presentation addresses the logistical considerations of mobilizing simulations outside of the training facility.

The Future of Medical Simulation in Distance Learning and Telemedicine

Allan J. Hamilton, MD, Arizona Legislative Council, Phoenix, AZ, October 17, 2012

Construction of a high-fidelity, reusable model for neonatal ECMO

Lisa Grisham, MS, NNP; Jess L. Thompson, MD

Video Presentation at Committee of Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society Third Joint Meeting, Chicago, IL, Sept. 13-15, 2012 

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Workshop                                                                              
Emergency Pediatric Interdisciplinary Care Conference (EPICC), Tucson, AZ, Feb. 19, 2012

Hannes Prescher, BA; David E. Biffar, MS

Simulation: Training for Moments When Humans Break Down 

Allan J. Hamilton, MD (Keynote Speaker). Collaboration Across Borders (CAB) 3rd Annual Conference, Tucson, Arizona, Nov 20, 2011.

Interprofessional Education (IPE) Simulation Workshop: 
Collaborating Across Borders (CAB) 3rd Annual Conference, Tucson, AZ, 2011

Allan Hamilton, MD; David Biffar, MS; Lisa Grisham, MS, NNP; John Jarred, EMT-P; Hannes Prescher, BA.

Seven Interactive 1-hour Simulation Breakout Session

Group Simulation: Emergency Room Simulation Case: Breakdown of Communication - where Errors are made.

  1. Airway Management: intubation, cricothyrotomy
  2. Peripheral intravenous access
  3. Ultrasound
  4. Suturing with artificial tissue models
  5. Bronchoscopy
  6. Laparoscopic Surgery
  7. Birthing, Neonatal, Pediatric and Adult Human Patient Simulators

Telemedicine Simulation Workshop: 
Bridging the Gap: Border Health Binational Medical Conference, Tucson, AZ, Nov. 19-21, 2011

David Biffar, MS; Hannes Prescher, BA

Two 1-hour interactive workshops of an emergency wilderness case of a gila monster bite with a telemedicine assisted intubation procedure

Building a Simulation Think Tank to Improve Regional Healthcare

Allan J. Hamilton, MD, Mayfield Clinic-Cleveland Clinic Winter Clinics for Cranial & Spinal Surgery, Aspen, Co, March 4, 2011

Code Blue: Can Technology Save Us From A Tidal Wave of Medical Errors?

Allan J. Hamilton, MD, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Elsevier Healthcare, Orlando Convention Center, Orlando, FL, Feb 21, 2011

Medical Simulation Workshop: 
Siemens Innovations Conference, Orlando, FL, 2010

Allan Hamilton, MD; David Biffar, MS; John Jarred, EMT-P

Peripheral Intravenous Skills 3-hour Medical Simulation Workshop

Six Interactive 1-Hour Medical Simulation Breakout Sessions

  1. Responding to Contrast Reactions: Everyday Occurrences and Unforgettable Complications.
  2. Seizing the Moment: A Step-by-Step Approach to Epilepsy.
  3. Post-Biopsy Fluid Management.
  4. Treating Unplanned Reactions to Cardiac Medications during Stress Tests.  
  5. Responding to Stent Placement Errors during Catheterization Procedures.
  6. Patient Management of Pneumothorax after Image-Guided Lung Biopsy.

Twenty-First Century High-Tech Medicine--Part II: When Can Healthcare Become Inhuman or Inhumane?

Allan J. Hamilton, MD, Honors Biomedical Engineering Seminar, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Oct 27, 2010.

Twenty-First Century High-Tech Medicine--Part I: Praying for Answers or Answering Our Prayers

Allan J. Hamilton, MD, Honors Biomedical Engineering Seminar, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Oct 20, 2010

The Art and Science of Medical Simulation--the Practice of Practicing Neurosurgery

Allan J. Hamilton, MD, 56th Annual Meeting, Western Neurosurgery Society, Santa Fe, NM, Oct. 9, 2010

How Do We Save Medicine in the 21st Century 

Allan J. Hamilton, MD, Science Expressed Lecture SeriesBailey Auditorium, ASU downtown campus, Phoenix, AZ.  Monday, September 21, 2009

New Technology and the Future of Medicine: Inhuman or Inhumane?

Allan J. Hamilton, MD, University of Arizona Honors Pre-Medical Class, March 26, 2009

How Many Times Did Your Pilot Crash the Plane (or Why Simulation Is Better than Real Life)

Allan J. Hamilton, Siemens Annual Interventional Radiology Conference, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV, July 31, 2008

Virtually Assisted Surgical Training: Concepts, Foundations, and Sensor-based Techniques

Allan J. Hamilton, MD, 2nd Annual Symposium Microelectronics Packaging and Test Engineering Council (MEPTEC), Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, September 25, 2007