Simulation is a vitally important learning modality. It allows you to play an active role in an immersive experience that prepares you for the real world. Its benefits are well understood, thanks to decades of research and a close-knit community of instructors and technicians in sim labs around the world.
So when we set out to create Acadicus, we didn’t want to just build a pre-programmed app. We wanted to create a place where we can support this community while not losing sight of established best practices of simulation.
We believe that by adding a virtual dimension to simulation we can substantially reduce costs and massively increase access to this powerful learning modality. We can provide a far greater diversity of patients, equipment, environments and scenarios at a fraction of the cost – and we can make these experiences seem so real you start to forget that you’re not actually there.
In this video, we’ll look at how you can access Acadicus, the content available to work with there, and the features you can use to facilitate and create your own simulations. Finally, we’ll introduce you to some research and use cases established by our growing community of customers working together to take simulation to a whole new level.
I hope you enjoy the tour, and that you’ll consider joining us on this exciting virtual frontier.
Let’s get started with some of the basics.
Acadicus is best thought of as a virtual sim lab you can use to access and create virtual learning experiences anytime, anywhere.
It’s free for anyone to download and install Acadicus from our website. It’s compatible with Windows PC in non-VR mode, and Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index or HP Reverb G2. You can also use an Oculus Quest if it’s linked to a compatible windows PC.
Acadicus doesn’t come with the VR hardware, but it’s all commercially available, and easy to find online. You can expect to invest about $3,000 per complete VR station. Some VR initiatives start off with 1 or 2 stations, others are building VR labs with 20 or more stations. It all depends on your budget, and your objectives.
Participants in a simulation feel as if they’re in the same room together. They can see and hear each other, and they can even hand objects to each other. What’s particularly powerful about this is that participants can join from any location – so everyone in the virtual simulation can feel as if they’re together, even if they’re on different campuses, or thousands of miles apart.
Another way to provide access is by sharing your screen over a video conference call. This has proven to be a powerful way of providing a window into your Simulations to anyone, anywhere, using any device.
Anyone can freely access the Acadicus Commons, a public space containing a variety of Simulations you can explore. You can use the public Simulations as much as you’d like, but when you’re ready to run your own private Simulations, you need your own room. This is a $10,000 per year subscription that provides unlimited access to everything you need to conduct simulations.
There’s no additional cost per user, no limits to how much you can use it, and no charge to access the content library (including everything we add to the library throughout the course of your unlimited subscription).
In this Room, you’re able to access all of Acadicus’ features and content. Even though we call it a ‘Room’ it’s actually more like the holodeck on Star Trek where it’s a room you can transform into just about anything you can imagine.
Participants can join your private sim lab with a passcode, much like joining a Zoom call. They can join from any location – see, hear and interact with one another within the virtual scene.
Our holographic participant avatars were purposely designed to be very minimal to avoid distractions, keeping all attention focused on the learning objectives, rather than worrying about what your avatar looks like.
So this is how you access Acadicus – just to review – it can be joined in Non-VR mode, VR mode, or shared on a video conference call like Zoom or Teams.
You can freely explore the public Commons and any of the Simulations available there.
If you want to run your own private Simulations, you can subscribe and gain access to all of the features and content available in your own room.
Speaking of Content, let’s take a look at all of the environments, patients, and equipment available.
Starting with any of our existing Simulation templates is the fastest way to get started with Acadicus on day one. You can check out the Content Index on our website to learn more about what’s available.
Some of these templates are set up to be used by students on their own, some are used with live actors, and others include 3D recorded instructor demonstrations.
Once you have your own room to work in, you can open your Library and load any of the Simulation templates available by simply clicking it, then Loading.
We offer a substantial discount on custom content development, as long as it can be added to the shared library.
To create custom content, you can fill out one of our Simulation Plan templates that outlines your objectives and describes the content you’d like created.
We create an itemized cost estimate, and if it looks good, we add it to our development cue. This process allows for the lowest cost method of creating interactive virtual content at your direction, compared with any other method, and provides a mutual benefit where you also gain access to everything everyone else is sponsoring for addition to the library.
This shared content model and open access philosophy has allowed our customers to be the innovators.
They’ve directed development of everything you’ll find in our growing content library, and we’re just getting started.
Now let’s cover Features of Acadicus, including multi-user access, Simulation Manager, Scene Editor, and 3D recording tool.
Your Simulation Manager is the dashboard facilitators can use to manipulate variables in real time, such as patient animations, phases of the simulation, alarms, sirens, explosions, and more.
Every patient has different capabilities, and a different Simulation Manager to control it, depending on the objectives of the scenario.
Scene Editing Tools
Let’s move on to the Scene Editing Tools. Remember, you can work with any of the existing Simulation templates we provide as they are, but if you’re ambitious and want to edit or create your own Simulations, we provide all of the tools you need to do so.
You can download content packs, and bring assets into your scene from your inventory. You can save as many scenes as you’d like to your room, then load them later.
3D Spatial Recordings
Next, let’s talk about 3D recordings. This tool allows instructors to quickly and easily capture immersive demonstrations of skills or virtual lectures. When you activate a 3D recording, a hologram of the presenter’s avatar appears in 3D, allowing you to follow along and watch it as many times as needed.
Finally, I’d like to introduce you to our Community
When you join Acadicus, you’re not just buying an app. You become part of a rapidly growing community of simulation innovators building and defining the future of this exciting new frontier.
Let’s take a look at just a few of their stories. If you’d like to learn more about any of these customers, you can watch their appearances on the Acadicus roundtable on our website.
Every Acadicus subscription comes with 3 training sessions to help educate faculty and facilitators on everything they need to know to run simulations.
This concludes our tour – I hope it was fun and informative, and that you’ll consider joining us. Send us a note to schedule a demo or learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you on the virtual frontier.
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About the Instructor
Dr. Nick Slamon
Dr. Slamon completed medical school in 2001 at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia PA. He then completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Nemours/duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington Delaware. In addition he serves an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Clinical track at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. From 2007 until June 2011 Dr. Slamon worked at the University of Florida as an attending in the 24 bed mixed cardiac and pediatric intensive care unit. He also served as the fellowship program director for his final two years in Gainesville, overseeing 2 fellows per class. He then returned to duPont in July of 2011 serving as the fellowship director and overseeing the expansion from a one fellow per year program to the current 3 fellow per year, 9 fellow program.
Dr. Slamon is an active member of SCCM and the AAP. His research interests are varied but include a strong track record of education and partnership with fellows and junior faculty. Analysis of innovative ways to deliver care are of particular interest. Recent projects include a study of physician biometric parameters using wearables during live critical care activities, a similar biometric project in simulation, use of a digital stethoscope to diagnose pediatric murmurs remotely, review of rapid response activations using telemedicine technology, parameters needed to create a viable pediatric eICU, and he is currently working with a new device to help diagnose pediatric heart failure using an artificial intelligence analysis of ECG/Phonocardiograms. His most recent undertaking involves his partnership with Acadicus to improve immersive medical training through the use of virtual reality simulation.
Virtual pediatric simulation content includes patients, equipment, preconfigured scene templates, audio effects, and more.
This virtual medical simulation content pack aligns with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training and education activities.
A library of virtual nursing simulations, scenarios, environments, characters and equipment are being developed. Access demo simulations for free in Acadicus.
These 3D virtual anatomy assets and more are available in Acadicus and can be used to create immersive virtual healthcare education experiences.
In this series of 3D Recorded presentations, Dr. Nick Slamon describes ACLS and PALS heart rhythm disturbances.
Operating room virtual reality simulation content pack with airway management / endotracheal intubation assets.
This virtual simulation content pack includes assets for basic wound treatment in an emergency room environment.
This content pack contains everything needed to conduct ECG lead placement training through virtual simulation. Accessible in VR or non-VR.
The Respiratory Therapy asset pack includes an elderly patient, various oxygen adjuncts, and interactive oxygen flow meter.
Acadicus comes with a library of characters that can be used to stage a wide variety of simulation scenarios that can be manipulated with Sim Manager.
Within the environment, characters, equipment and other assets can be added to the scene depending on the scenario.
The 3D Recording Tool allows instructors to capture and share their demonstrations and lectures. 3D recordings can be played back anytime, from anywhere.
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