Congratulations to the Winners of EMS’ 9th Annual Excellence in Simulation Awards!

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Thanks to all our customers and friends who came out to party with us at our annual celebration at IMSH last night! A highlight of the already star-studded evening was the announcement of the winners of our 9th Annual Excellence in Simulation Awards.

EMS’ customers are invited to vote from a selection of their peers who demonstrate excellence in PIONEERING, ADVOCATING, and CHAMPIONING clinical simulation at their facilities.

We’re pleased to present our 2018 winners!

PIONEER AWARD – The Pioneer Award honors an individual who has been actively engaged in pioneering new ways of clinical simulation training at their center.

Winner: Linda Hutter
Simulation Manager
Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital

To better meet the needs of families and decrease readmittance rates of Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital’s medically fragile children, Linda implemented and developed a Transition Home Trach/Ventilator program. She also expanded standard bedside and low-fidelity teaching to high-fidelity simulation that immerses caregivers in “real life, what if” scenarios, improving confidence and restoring families’ normalcy and quality of life.


ADVOCATE AWARD – The Advocate Award honors an individual who has been actively engaged in advocating learning through clinical simulation at their center.

Winner: Ben J. Oliver, AEMT-P I/C
Chief Simulation Specialist
Concordia University School of Nursing

Ben’s involvement in simulation education with the use of mannequins stretches back over 30 years. He’s committed to decreasing technical barriers while offering hands-on simulation for increased educational experiences. This best practice concept gives each student the tools they need to succeed not only during school, but through the challenges that the highly technical and increasingly high acuity medical environment will give them.


CHAMPION AWARD – The Champion Award honors an individual who has been actively championing state of the art clinical simulation technology for their center.

Winner: John Kyle
Simulation Centre Technologist
Centre for Collaborative Clinical Learning and Research
Dalhousie University

John focuses on interprofessional collaboration and improving learner outcomes as he works with faculty, staff, and students to integrate technology into their teaching, research, and learning. Beyond simple efficiencies, John looks for ways that creative uses of simulation technology can transform how the more than 20 health-related disciplines across the University’s three Faculties of Dentistry, Medicine, and Health work together to prepare learners for their careers.

Congratulations to our winners!

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