Health care simulation week 2017

Launching a Member Celebration Week

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Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH)


SSH seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation. Established in 2004 by professionals using simulation for education, testing, and research in healthcare, SSH membership includes physicians, nurses, allied health and paramedical personnel, researchers, educators and developers from around the globe.

In 2017, the SSH board launched the inaugural Healthcare Simulation Week, which celebrates global professionals who use simulation to improve the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare delivery.

The celebration took place September 11-15 and featured Facebook Live presentations and 360-degree tours of simulation centers; a moulage contest; open access to the organization’s journal; a Twitter chat; articles of the day; and a special discount for new members.


Healthcare Simulation Week activities were planned and implemented by a committee, SSH staff and Gavilan and Associates. This included:

  • Development of a logo and supporting artwork
  • Development of all marketing messages and materials for social media, the website, email, and ads
  • Social media toolkit for use by social media ambassadors
  • A communications toolkit for the planning committee
  • A promotional video
  • A welcome video from SSH’s president
  • Ads in Simulation Spotlight and Simulation in Healthcare


SSH exceeded expectations for Healthcare Simulation Week, and the 2018 week is under development now:

Healthcare Simulation Week 2017 by the numbers