BREAKING NEWS: SIM-MT Achieves Accreditation From Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Posted by Nathan Williams on May 29, 2019
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Bozeman, MT, May 29, 2019 - This just in: Best Practice Medicine, a professional medical education company, and Simulation in Motion Montana, Inc. (a partnership known as SIM-MT) are pleased to announce a new achievement in healthcare simulation accreditation. After an extensive review, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the Council for Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs granted SIM-MT provisional accreditation, making them an official Accredited Simulation Program. The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) is the internationally recognized accrediting body of simulation in healthcare. This esteemed recognition makes SIM-MT the first and only SSH Accredited mobile simulation program in the world!

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As an Accredited Simulation Program, SIM-MT now stands alongside prestigious brick and mortar simulation programs as: Yale School of Medicine, The Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Duke University School of Nursing, and The John Hopkins School of Medicine.

SSH does not grant accreditation lightly. "Achieving SSH accreditation was no easy task, taking over a year of vigorous review of all aspects of our program," says Director of Education Joe Poole. "As qualified educators, our team has gone through rigorous training to establish best practice policies and procedures that seek to meet and exceed international industry standards and requirements. We are very proud of the work we are doing."

SIM-MT was evaluated and granted accreditation in both Core Standards and Teaching/Education. The Society for Simulation in Healthcare defines the Core Standards and Criteria Core Standards as "fundamental structural and operational standards that all accredited Programs must meet." Those standards include the following seven sections:

  1. Mission Governance
  2. Program Management
  3. Resource Management
  4. Human Resources
  5. Program Improvement
  6. Ethics
  7. Expanding the Field

As for Teaching/Education, accreditation was measured against four sections of Education Standards:

  1. Education Design
  2. Qualified Educators
  3. Educational Activities
  4. Evaluation and Improvement

“We have been incredibly proud of our excellent rural simulation program and of the vision, the enthusiasm, and the commitment to excellence of our partners at Best Practice Medicine,” stated Drew Dawson, Chair of the Simulation in Motion Board of Directors, former Director of the Montana State EMS, and also of the NHTSA Office of EMS. “With the accreditation of SIM-MT by the Society for Simulation in Health Care, we have objective evidence, independently evaluated, that we are providing the simulation education according to the latest and best standards. We couldn’t be more pleased for the healthcare professionals in Montana.”

In each area, SIM-MT met or exceeded program standards and requirements. Of special note, along with granting accreditation, SSH also identified the two most important strengths of SIM-MT as "Experienced educators passionate about simulation education and a mobile (program) to facilitate delivery to the rural customer."

Best Practice Medicine - Simulation Training

“We wish to acknowledge and thank the many people who have made this possible,” says Best Practice Medicine, CEO and Simulation in Motion Montana, Project Director Ben King. “In the first two years of operation it has been an honor and privilege to serve Montana’s healthcare communities with meaningful, actionable, accessible, and affordable simulation based education. With more than 75,000 miles traveled in the simulation labs, reaching over 4,000 rural Montana clinicians training for high consequence, low frequency patient encounters, together we are reducing error, improving outcomes and saving more lives.”

About Best Practice Medicine

Best Practice Medicine is a Montana clinician founded, owned and operated education team specializing in emergency and critical care education. Their team of nearly fifty educators provides lifesaving education nationally to clinicians in nearly every discipline. They are the largest independent education team in the Northwestern United States, serving clinicians from all over the country with their wide variety of specialized and purpose built programs. Starting in 2017, with the launch of Simulation in Motion Montana, BPM has been the Project Management Entity and Program Partner working in a public private partnership with Simulation in Motion Montana Inc., a non-profit organization, responsible for the delivery of high fidelity mobile medical simulation in Montana.

About Simulation in Motion Montana

Simulation in Motion Montana, Inc. is a volunteer run non-profit established in 2017. It's purpose and mission is to provide and facilitate educational and other workforce related activities that support increased educational opportunities and health care provider competence. Initial startup funding for the mobile simulation program was generously provided by the Helmsley Charitable Trust.

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