Simulation Conference

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Jan 25, 2013

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Today Pi Jip brought moo ping (Pork on a stick), snowballs and Crispy Cream doughnuts. Wow, everyone was excited. Too bad Jeremy decided not to go to breakfast on time today. He missed out on the Crispy Creams. He is regretting it now. The students are at the hospital all day today. Hopefully they will get to observe in the OR.

Today is my first day of the Simulation Conference. I will be covering the following topics: History of Simulation, Standards of Simulation, Designing a Simulation Center, Integrating Simulation Across the Curriculum, Weighing Simulation Options: Standardized Patients and Weighing Simulation Options: Human Patient Simulator. The package of handouts for this conference is rather large this year. I wanted to make sure they had resources to use after they return back to their schools.

Today was a perfect day to compare "time" as it relates to the Thai and American cultures. The Thai culture is much more laid back. Rarely do events start on time. They enjoy their breaks and meals. Social eating is very important to the Thai people. So, my 7 hr lecture turned into a 5- 5 hr conference. Somehow it all worked out. I am certainly learning flexibility. Nong Maew later told me that if you are to present for 3 hrs in Thailand, you should plan on 2 hrs of content.

The students were really excited about their day today. They were more independent and accomplished more things. They were in the OR today for part of the time. There was a young man who came in with an infected leg. He was developing sepsis. He was so sick that he coded in the OR. They got to watch the code, which gave them a great opportunity to compare resuscitation efforts from the two countries. The gentleman pulled through and they completed the surgery. They did not want to amputate the leg so they do not know if he will fully recovery from this infection or not.

Tonight we had Kentucky Fried Chicken, French Fries, Peanuts, and fruit for dinner. After dinner, Pi Jip took Greg, Maew and I to the Rimping Shopping Center for an Iced Green Tea with collagen pearls. It is good but I bet it is loaded with sugar. So much for the weight loss this month. After we returned home I worked on my simulation presentation for Day 3. I believe I finally got to bed around 1:30 am. I am officially done with the conference preparation. All of my PPs and handouts are complete. Nothing like waiting to the last minute. The students came to my room to help with the gift-wrapping. They were a huge help. Everything got done and I am just now feeling as if I am catching up with my work.

The students spent time preparing for the Formal activities for tomorrow afternoon and socialized with their Thai buddies. From my room I could hear them dancing, singing and laughing. They were together for several hours and late into the evening. It was good to see them developing relationships. I have a fair amount of work to do tonight so I must end the blog for now. I will update you tomorrow. Goodnight.

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