ISIS - Mission Statement
Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies has,
as its primary goal, to provide leadership in the use of simulation
technologies to improve the quality of health care education
and improve patient safety and outcomes. ISIS will seek highly
collaborative alliances in selected projects with other educational
and health care delivery systems with similar interests in
simulation. The primary impact of ISIS will be upon the citizens
of the State of Washington and the greater WWAMI region. Through
its research and education efforts and publication of results,
ISIS will also have a strong influence and potential impact
upon providers and patients in a global fashion.
ISIS Partners with the Center for Health Science Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice
For more information, please visit Collaborate
ISIS hosts National Team STEPPS Master Trainer session
For information please see the AHRQ website
IRB Educational Database and Repository
ISIS hosts an Educational database for all trainees which provides detailed accounts of trainee courses, faculty hours, training hours, trainee and instructor evaluations and facility usage. This Educational database is essential to program effectiveness as well as faculty reporting. ISIS received approval from the UW Human Subjects Division for a research repository of information. Consented trainees allow their training information to be stored in the Research Repository for future research needs. Information in the repository may be used as historical baseline data for future research projects.
Simulation has also been a joint effort at the University, as ISIS and the School of Nursing have collaborated on combined training scenarios for nursing students, medical students, and residents. In addition, ISIS has collaborated with the Schools of Nursing and Dentistry to develop grant proposals submitted in 2008 to the Macy and Hearst Foundations as well as the ADA. ISIS has also partnered with the Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HITLab), School of Engineering, Department of Medical Education and Bioinformatics, to develop simulation curricula and new technologies benefitting the simulation community.
Perhaps one of the most exciting presentations ISIS made in 2008, was held 500 miles away in Boise, ID. In February 2008, with the collaborative efforts of Dr. Paula Carvalho and the Boise VA, ISIS showcased its facility to a group of over 50 individuals, including Deans and Legilators from around the Pacific Northwest, using the Xbox as a tele-simulation tool. Brodcasting live from our very own Virtual OR, Dr. Brian Ross and Dr. Thomas Benedetti presented tele-simulation as a new frontier in medical education highlighting the use of popular gaming consoles as a vehicle for training in remote locations throughout the WWAMI region and the world.
Development of the ISIS Website
The new ISIS website provides further connection between the University and its community partners. The website highlights various events held throughout the year, and soon will host a quarterly newsletter. Contact information, course schedule, and product news and updates are available to the public, in addition to research descriptions, publications and photos. The website is continuously updated creating a user-friendly web-based database for resource management designed to meet the specific needs of ISIS.
ISIS leaders recognize and appreciate the need for science education within youth and school programs. ISIS works closely with the University of Washington News and Community Relations Office to schedule bi-monthly tours for various elementary schools, high schools and educational programs. Since 2006, ISIS has hosted over 25 schools and programs (many on a recurring basis).
ISIS has moved to New Facilities
We have moved to our new home on the first floor of the Surgery Pavilion (SP1120). We are open and operational Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM. Below is a map to the new ISIS Lab.
ISIS featured in Seattle Magazine's Top Doctors
Check out the September 2007 edition, page 132.
for a Day 4/2007
At the 2007 Turner Society Recognition Reception in April, four guests agreed to "scrub in" for a virtual anesthesia experience. Under the watchful eye of Dr. Brian Ross, professor of anesthesiology, the four Turner Society members inject medications, track vital signs, and even insert a breathing tube - all using an astonishingly lifelike interactive mannequin (simulator). The simulator is a training tool, just one of many new techniques pioneered by ISIS - UW Medicine's Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies - to train health professionals and increase patient safety.
- Assembling the team
- Milk of amnesia
- Just like a human
- Intubation adventure
- Mary's little lamb
have a pulse!
tested by NASA in NEMO-12 5/2007
Raven - the surgical robot developed at UW was tested by NASA. The robot located on the ocean floor in Aquarius (NASA's underwater human habitat training facility) in Key Largo, FL was teleoperated by surgeons from the UW using commercial internet communication as part of NEEMO 12 mission.
UW press release
UW Biorobotics Lab
UW ISIS Holds telemedicine course for students in Boise, Idaho
Education Institute 7/31/2006
ISIS is now accredited as a Level I Comprehensive Education Institute of the American College of Surgeons.