How do you solve two training problems at the same time? For Peter Mckie and Dr Anthony Lewis the answer was iPads, a yellow bag and some very clever software.
In 2011, both Peter and Anthony were trying to create solutions. For Anthony it was how to take simulation training outside a simulation centre and increase the fidelity of simple manikins. For Peter it was how to reduce the expensive equipment cost of Advanced Life Support training courses. While both Anthony and Peter had independently come up with solutions, it was only when they taught together for the first time on an Advanced Life Support in Canberra that they realised they had the same solution.
Fast forward 6 months later, and iSimulate launched its first version of ALSi at the International Meeting of Simulation in Healthcare in San Diego. ‘We were overwhelmed with interest’ says Peter, ‘for 3 days we did not stop demonstrating the concept we had come up with.’ On return to Australia, Anthony and Peter realised the concept they had come up with could not only solve their initial training problems, but revolutionise the world of healthcare simulation.
Dr Anthony Lewis is an anaesthetist who has been involved in medical education for over a decade and has worked as a retrieval medicine specialist at Sydney HEMS. Originally from Wales, he now lives in Australia and as well as leading research and development at iSimulate, he continues to create and run medical education courses and work as an anaesthetist in various hospitals.
Peter Mckie worked as an intensive care paramedic before establishing Parasol EMT in Canberra, a healthcare training company with offices throughout Australia. He was the Chairman of the ACT Australian Resuscitation Council for 20 years and regularly teaches on Advanced Life Support courses. As the CEO of iSimulate, Peter uses his extensive experience in healthcare, business and education to full effect.
So although Peter and Anthony have a common passion in delivering high quality clinical education, their diverse backgrounds have allowed them to bring unique strengths to iSimulate.