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SIM-ND nominated for Gov. Burgum’s Roaming Bison Award

The Simulation Center’s Simulation in Motion – North Dakota (SIM-ND) team at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences was recently nominated for the Roaming Bison Award, part of North Dakota Gov. Burgum’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service.

As the Governor wrote in his letter to the SIM-ND group, “First Lady Kathryn, Lt. Gov. Sanford and I appreciate your contributions to our great state and thank you for elevating Team ND through your exceptional commitment to Empower People, Improve Lives and Inspire Success.”

Congratulations, Team Sim, on the nomination, which reads:

SIM-ND is a team like no other North Dakota team, providing free medical education to the healthcare providers of North Dakota. These people all work as a team to provide EMS and medical workers in the state free accredited medical continuing education with mobile simulation trucks. Going out to ambulance, Quick Response Units, and rural hospitals in North Dakota. They have been doing this since 2014 year-round. They provide at the request of the local entity for time and place and topics. They have also presented at numerous  conferences.

Four mobile learning labs that are fully-equipped with high-fidelity human simulators and staffed to provide medical simulation education free-of-charge to North Dakota critical care hospitals and emergency services providers. This up-to-date, on-site healthcare education allows employees and volunteers to receive training locally without leaving their jobs or having to travel long distances. 

 An educational curriculum was developed to teach the concepts of simulation education through the use of high-fidelity simulators or manikins. The staff of the UND SMHS Simulation Center, headed by Dr. Jon Allen (Medical Director) facilitated the collaboration of the hospitals and champions the teamwork necessary for a state-wide program to be established and sustained. 

The SIM-ND program continues to be an effective partner in improving the health of all current and future North Dakota residents.


“We are deeply grateful for your many contributions,” the Governor’s letter continued. “Team ND is a world-class organization due to the incredible commitment and efforts of individuals such as yourself. Thank you for your exceptional work and continued commitment.”