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“We would repeat the accolades listed in the previous testimonials. Furthermore, Bobbie Merica and Moulage Concepts provide the highest quality instruction I have been privileged to receive. She created a workshop atmosphere that was not only free of restrictions on creativity but provided an experiential exchange between all the participants and Bobbie. This allowed everyone involved to learn in a two-way manner and provided a foundation for rapid, efficient, interdependent transfer of knowledge and experience.

 

No students were left behind. Bobbie’s teaching style assured that everyone completed the physical experience and understanding of medical moulage, linking them into a coherent whole. Every student was encouraged to contribute their own diverse experience and take from Bobbie Merica’s vast experience, amplifying the learning. Bobbie Merica made certain that all the workshop participant’s questions were answered. Never leaving them ignored or for a sidebar that excluded the other participants.

 

Overall, I would say the instruction offered is the highest quality in the industry, and it has no equal. We will return to use Moulage Concepts and Bobbie Merica for our training needs."

 

Neal Atkinson, MBA

All Hazards Planner

Regional Exercise Team-West, Camber Corporation”

 

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While attending the VISN 10 Simulation consortium 2-Day moulage workshop at the Dayton VAMC on March 5th & 6th, I found myself wanting to learn more each day. This trauma moulage training is one of a kind. Bobbie Merica, the moulage instructor, is enthusiastic and knowledgeable, to say the least. 

 

On day one, I learned so much more than what I thought I would or could. I was creating realistic trauma injuries that were quick and cost-effective. I am truly amazed at the low dollar amount each moulage activity cost and this low cost is realistic, effective training in action. I was sending pictures to my ED and paramedic friends during class. Each of them thought my moulage injuries were real cases, not training scenarios. By day two, I had more confidence and was able to create trauma moulage specific to training outcomes. I contribute this to Mrs. Merica who helped each participant to see the entire training picture and not just one moulage skill to the next. 

 

I got to take my moulage experiments with me to show my clinical educators. We are planning on rolling out simulation training with moulage for standardized patients and simulation equipment. I am confident I can replicate what Mrs. Merica taught me and create even more based on what she shared during the training. If you want realism with simulation training, you must go to Moulage Concepts' workshops. You don't have to be a make-up artist. You can be a beginner like me and walk away with skills that will last you a lifetime of training. 

 

Robin Hopkins-Wright, MSN/Ed, RN-BC

Clinical Educator Chief 

Chillicothe VAMC 

 

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Bobbie Merica is clearly the leading national expert in medical moulage simulation. Her depth of knowledge in the methods and materials of this growing field was evident to us at the outset of our training. Her beautifully illustrated book is filled with recipes and step-by-step instructions for producing, literally, hundreds of wounds, diseases, and medical conditions and should be a standard textbook for every nurse and EMS training program in the country.

 

Bobbie is a consummate educator who has created workshops and training programs that are beautifully designed to take individuals with little or no training in three-dimensional makeup effects, swiftly to an advanced level of proficiency in the manipulation of latex, gelatins, makeup, and painting techniques. She is a master at creating countless realistic wounds and has distilled down the processes for producing them into easily grasped steps.

 

She has pioneered an economical approach to achieving these effects, combining products available in any local store with advanced makeup products from professional Hollywood manufacturers. One could pre-stage hundreds of wounds for a mass-casualty exercise, following her techniques for assembly and storage, saving both time and money while achieving a high level of realistic sights and smells, that are so important in creating real-world medical training. Whether for live-actor or patient simulator, her methods have been field tested for safety, reliability, and realism.

 

My students and I were amazed at how quickly we mastered each step in the process of creating countless wounds under her watchful eye and gentle prodding and instructive criticism. She is a natural teacher who can bring out the best in each student and we were the beneficiaries of her great skill and patience. We will be adapting what we have learned from Bobbie to create realistic wounds and trauma effects for use in stage and video productions at California Baptist University and for developing medical simulation scenarios with our nursing program. We are looking forward to building an on-going relationship with Moulage Concepts for advanced and recurring training in this exciting field.   

 

As a side note: We have just received the deluxe, Trauma Nurse Moulage Kit that has all the equipment and materials we were introduced to in our three-day training workshop. We have already begun to recreate the wounds and effects, following Bobbie’s methods, with everything we needed right out of the box. Aside from the materials that we can purchase locally at any store, we can easily replenish the materials in this kit quickly and efficiently through Moulage Concepts, a great benefit when time is such a rare commodity.

 

Professor Lee Lyons

Director of Theatre, Television Production & Broadcasting

California Baptist University, Riverside California

 

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Bobbie's course was amazing. She really took the time to make sure you understood how she made the effects she was showing via power point. The fact that we each received moulage equipment to learn or upgrade our skills was invaluable to the course. I would recommend that anyone needing or wanting to learn the art of moulage, whether for live actor patients or high fidelity manikins, should go through one of Bobbie's programs, or better yet bring her to your facility to teach. This training covers all aspects of medical education, from mass casualty to pre-hospital trauma to combat trauma. All educators dealing with simulation-based medical education can learn something from one of Bobbie's courses. Highly skilled in her field Bobbie's teaching approach is by far the best I've encountered and it was a true pleasure to spend the day in her course!

 

R. Vance Nesbitt Coordinator

Simulations Lab Military Medical Training Center

Scottsdale Healthcare Scottsdale, Az.

 

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Bobbie Merica is a genius in the world of moulage. Her knowledge and expertise is beyond compare. Bobbie is an extremely professional individual and working with her was an amazing and educational experience. As a medical photographer, my work with Bobbie taught me an amazing amount about simulations and their use in clinical skills training. The up-and-coming field of simulations and moulage has become very important in my work with doctors in medical colleges and hospitals and I am glad to have worked with the best.

 

Jason Torres, Photographer

Jtorresphoto.com J. Torres Photography 

N.Y. Vintage Cameraworks Ltd.

 

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As the Emergency Department Educator at Rideout Hospital, developing good critical thinking skills in new, and old, nurses have always been a difficult goal to achieve. There are certain types of patients that new nurses may never see during their orientation and lecture doesn't always cut it. Moulage Concepts has allowed me to bridge that gap. I was able to create unique scenarios that catered to the individual or create certain patients that were high risk but rarely seen. I highly recommend the addition of Moulage Concepts workshops to any training curriculum.

 

Eric Morgenroth, RN, CEN, BSN 
Clinical Educator, Emergency Department 
Fremont-Rideout Health Group

 

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Bobbie Merica has unparalleled moulage/simulation talent. She is incredibly personable, accommodating and able to "think out of the box." The most remarkable example of her abilities occurred when I brought my entire paramedic class to the training center and she set up five concurrent simulations, tailored for EMS. The students found it the most valuable skills experience of the semester. Her feedback and evaluation tools were valuable to me as an instructor. Her moulage skills and ability to set up lifelike situations is second only to the real deal in the field.

 

Belinda Schafer RN/MICN
Paramedic Program Director
Butte Community College

 

 

We are grateful for the wonderful level of service Moulage Concepts provided for UC Davis Fire Department and Yolo County, it has far exceeded all expectations and made our MCI drill successful. The victim Moulage created added a sense of realism and urgency and allowed us to assess our providers in a more realistic manner. Everyone was impressed by the realism and the quality of the products provided and our drill objectives would not have been met without your help, knowledge, and expertise. We received many compliments about the realism of the wounds.

 

Below are just two examples I would like to share with you:

 

1. During one of our drills, we unfortunately had one of our volunteer victims cut himself while exiting the bus. The firefighter who treated his real cut said it was almost impossible to distinguish the real wounds from the moulage.

 

2. While one of our volunteer victims was walking around the hospital waiting room after being triaged in the ED (as part of the drill), they were approached by several different nurses and even an ER doctor who thought they needed immediate attention. Upon further assessment, the nurses and doctors both stated how impressed they were with the simulated wounds and the quality of moulage.   

 

I also want to personally thank you for the time you spent sharing your knowledge with us. I was overly impressed by the wealth of information you were willing to share from the first time we spoke over the phone. The questions you ask, the explanations given, and the suggestions you made helped us shape our drill from the very beginning. I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to watch and learn step by step as you set up and applied the moulage to our volunteer patients. You not only helped us with the drill, but you insured that our future drills would be successful too. Your passion really shows and is contagious.

 

Lastly, the After Actions Report that has been created for the drill mentioned the moulage as a success and recommends that the moulage be utilized for all future full-scale, operational drills. We look forward to working with you again in the future.

 

Scott A. Hatcher, Firefighter

Pre-Hospital Care Coordinator

UC Davis Fire Department

 

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In healthcare simulation, the perception of realism not only allows learners to become fully engaged in the learning activity but also positively impacts their ability to meet learning outcomes by encouraging attention to relevant signs, symptoms and subtle nuances in care of their patient.  Best practices in simulation design recommend that to strengthen realism, three facets of fidelity should be addressed: physical, conceptual, and psychological.  Moulage is a method of increasing all three facets of fidelity. At Delta College, moulage in simulation is critical to achieving learning outcomes. After attending a moulage course lead by Bobbie Merica in 2014, I have exclusively used Moulage Concepts products in all my simulation scenarios.  

 

 

Utilizing the SimSafe Nursing Kit, we have achieved all facets of fidelity in hundreds of scenario-based learning activities. The SimSafe color sticks have allowed our students to enhance their assessment skills on simulated patients that include child abuse, multi-layer burns, open fractures, rib bruising that precludes to pneumothorax, cellulitis, and end of life.

 

Using the Trauma Kit, we have achieved higher-level simulated injuries that include gunshot wounds, opioid injection site infection, pressure ulcers, embedded glass injuries, and multi-injury auto accident wounds.

 

With effective use of moulage to bridge the gap between simulation and realism, facilitator involvement within a scenario is very low, because learners are able to construct their learning based on cues they and their healthcare team receive through the moulage. By achieving realistic physical and conceptual fidelity, the psychological fidelity is maximized because the simulation environment mimics an actual clinical situation. With all levels of fidelity maximized, immersion into learning is achieved, increasing the ability to meet learning outcomes.

 

I highly recommend contacting Moulage Concepts, and specifically Bobbie Merica, the leader in moulage products and training, if you desire to take your simulation realism to the next level.  

 

 

Lori Kloc MSN, RN, CHSE

Simulation Educator/Learning Specialist

ECAPS Chair 2018

Delta College

Office F 276

1961 Delta Road

University Center, MI 48710

 

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Bobbie was instrumental in starting our simulation program. When she arrived our equipment and supplies were in the cabinet and had not been used for simulation learning opportunities. Bobbie, in collaboration with site support, set up an entire simulation center. She met with the faculty as a whole to share a co-constructed vision, and she met with each faculty to develop simulation activities to meet the learning objectives for each course.

 

She also worked with the local hospital in offering simulation to meet their educational needs. She advised on the design of a simulation center in the new building. She also contacted and brought in additional expertise to consult on the project. She worked well with the team, and it was an honor to work with such a professional. I only hope that I have the privilege of working with her again!


Toni M. Christopherson, EdD, MSN, RN, CNS, BC
Clinical Education, Practice and Informatics Director

 

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Bobbie is THE go-to person for all my moulage-related questions. Having taken her moulage class as a technician, I quickly learned how quickly moulage makeup can be for dramatically increasing realism in my simulations. Not only that, but Bobbie showed us just how easy and fun creating moulage can be! Since that time, Bobbie and I have connected through our love of sharing knowledge with the simulation community through my website: HealthySimulation.com. As the healthcare simulation industry develops, it's great to be friends with a fellow pioneer like Bobbie and MoulageConcepts.com!

 

Lance Bailey, BA
Founder of HealthySimulation.com & The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists

 

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As we discovered, it takes more than setting up simulators to create a simulation program. While we had SimMan for several years, the program development truly began when Bobbie came on board. Her experience, hard work, and dedication resulted in a highly successful simulation program at Yuba College. Faculty are now able to smoothly integrate simulation into their curricula and the successful development of our program has resulted in plans for a new, larger simulation center.

 

Mrs. Merica’s vision for architectural design and knowledge of the complex systems has resulted in a new state-of-the art simulation center that will be ready in August. Bobbie's understanding of the complexities, tools and equipment, along with the role simulation, can play in our curriculum has resulted in meaningful education for our nursing students and her purposeful vision for our simulation program has been successfully threaded into our program.

 

In addition, Bobbie’s use of moulage techniques has taken the scenario beyond a patient human simulator experience. The realism of sight, sound, touch and smell takes the nursing students into the real world of nursing and has exceeded all expectations of what we could do in a scenarios. Without a doubt, Bobbie has enriched our nursing education experience; with her dedication, the simulation center becomes a medical facility and the simulation mannequin has come to life.

 

Professor Lynette Garcia, MSN, PHN, RN
Yuba College, School of Nursing