The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) was established in January 2004 to represent the rapidly growing group of educators and researchers who utilize a variety of simulation techniques for education, testing, and research in health care. The membership, now over 2,000, is united by its desire to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care using all types of simulation including task trainers, human patient simulators, virtual reality, and standardized patients. We are a broad-based, multi-disciplinary, multi-specialty, international society with ties to all medical specialties, nursing, allied health paramedical personnel, and industry. A major venue for advancing simulation in medicine is the annual International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (formerly IMMS) that has been held successfully since 1995. SSH, beginning in 2006, has wholly sponsored this meeting. SSH welcomes ties with other organizations interested in patient simulation. Recognizing that simulation represents a paradigm shift in health care education, SSH promotes improvements in simulation technology, educational methods, practitioner assessment, and patient safety that promote better patient care and can improve patient outcomes.
The FIU STAR Center has become an official training center for the American Heart Association as of 2018. The American Heart Association was founded in 1924 by 6 cardiologist in Chicago. The American Heart Association is committed to fighting heart disease and stroke and raising awareness of these diseases. As part of our mission, we focus on specific causes designed to help people achieve a heart-healthy lifestyle. Each of our cause initiatives reaches out to the public with resources and information to help them take positive action.