BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton University will host a one-day conference to discuss new trends in healthcare simulation. Titled “Conversations in the Disciplines (CID): Simulation in Health Care,” the conference will be held Friday, Apr. 20, at Traditions at the Glen in Johnson City, NY.

Binghamton’s Decker School of Nursing (DSON) and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science are partnering with local hospitals to bring together SUNY scholars and other healthcare organization stakeholders to discuss the science of simulation. The goal is to provide direct benefit to healthcare agencies and to discover the ways that simulation activities and research can foster health outcomes.

The agenda includes a number of panel discussions, poster presentations and work group sessions. Also in the line-up are keynote addresses by three leaders in the field of healthcare simulation.

The morning keynote address will be delivered by Yue Dong, assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and research associate at the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center. Dong was trained in China and practiced as an anesthesiologist for six years before coming to the United States.  He has had research fellowships in anesthesiology and physiology at the Mayo Clinic and is currently a patient safety researcher and educator at the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center (MCMSC) and the METRIC (multidisciplinary Epidemiology and Translational Research in Intensive Care) group at the Mayo Clinic Rochester.  Dong is also an assistant professor of medicine at the College of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.  Dong’s primary research interests focus on using systems engineering approaches to study and improve provider and system performance of healthcare delivery.

The early-afternoon keynote remarks will be delivered by Tejas Gandhi, assistant vice president of management engineering at Virtua Health, a comprehensive healthcare system headquartered in Marlton, NJ. Gandhi is a process improvement and management-engineering expert, leading the use of science and applied research in executive decision making to improve performance and process optimization. He is currently involved in designing Virtua's new 368-bed hospital and regional ambulatory center.  Gandhi earned a doctorate in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina, and a master of science degree in industrial and systems engineering from Binghamton University.

Rick Crist, senior staff systems engineer with Lockheed Martin, will deliver the mid-afternoon address. A key member of Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems & Sensors (MS2) organization, Crist’s current responsibilities include leading an integrated product team (IPT) on a major clinical environment healthcare project that uses engineering analysis tools, such as 3D virtual reality and analytic simulation models. Crist received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

The conference costs $150.

For more information on the conference, visit http://www2.binghamton.edu/continuing-education/non-credit-programs/simulation-in-healthcare/index.html.

Register at https://ceo.binghamton.edu/secure/registration.php?type=NCP&cid=1212050.