Simulation Conference

5th simulation conference

Three health care professionals from the Stanford University School of Medicine will be featured speakers at the 5th Annual Simulation Conference. 

The conference, entitled “Simulation: Bringing Life to Healthcare Challenges,” will be Sept. 7-8 at Johnson County Community College. 

Dr. David Gaba
Dr. David Gaba
Dr. Geoff Lighthall
Dr. Geoff Lighthall
Sandra Feaster
Sandra Feaster

Dr. David Gaba, professor of anesthesia and associate dean for immersive and simulation based-learning at Stanford, is a pioneer in health care simulation. He reinvented the mannequin-based simulation in the 1980s and created the first simulation-instructor training program. 


Dr. Geoffrey K. Lighthall, associate professor, anesthesia and critical care at Stanford, has developed curriculum for simulation of critical care and subsequently created a number of complimentary courses for internal medicine and surgery trainees. 


Sandra J. Feaster is the Stanford School of Medicine’s assistant dean for Immersive and Simulation-Based Learning and director of its accompanying center. Feaster is registered nurse with master’s degrees in nursing and business administration. She is responsible for facilitating simulation activities on campus and at the four simulation facilities at Stanford University. 

The three featured keynote speakers will join other presenting medical professionals from JCCC, the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas Medical Center. 

The one-and-a-half day conference is targeted to healthcare educators, practitioners and simulation staff who are interested in using simulation for learning and evaluation. The interactive conference will employ both presentations and simulation scenarios. 

Conference content and topics will be essential for anyone in healthcare and is not catered exclusively to nursing or medical schools. 

“Simulation is not just for the beginning students,” explained Kathy Carver, R.N., M.N., JCCC nursing professor.  “It is an extremely critical learning platform for professionals as well, but scenarios are often more complex, the time is more critical, and we focus on teamwork and communication.” 

Participants can view the schedule and register online. Cost of both days is $150 (with the option of $100 for Friday, Sept. 7 only or $50 for Saturday, Sept. 8 only) and $15 for continuing education units (CEU).

JCCC opened its Healthcare Simulation Center in January 2008 followed by a formal dedication in March of that year. JCCC has been using patient simulators for healthcare education since 2001.