Today in Lisbon Portugal more than 700 healthcare simulation champions from around the world met for the 22nd annual Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM).
The president of the Portuguese Simulation Society, the Director of the Portuguese Medical Association, and the Portuguese Administer of Health helped to introduce the event which took place at the Lisbon Conference Center near the San Francisco Bridge.
SESAM President Antoine Tesniere thanked the international attendees and reminded them about the event’s opportunities to network, learn, and collaborate
Lou Oberndorf, Founder of METI, introduced the opening keynote lecture series with his name speaking to SESAM as a fellow pioneer in healthcare simulation, being one of the oldest organizations in the world dedicated to the field. “20 years after we have launched this innovative technology and now, virtually any place in the world, you could go into almost every medical school, and many of the nursing schools, and encounter simulation”. Lou challenged the audience to avoid complacency, and to constantly ask for more innovation from one another and from vendors. He then announced his honor at introducing the keynote speaker
Opening Keynote Address by Dr. Rick Satava
Dr. Richard Satava MD FACS, Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center spoke to the topic of “Next Generation Curriculum and Technology for Simulation”.
He focused his talk on demonstrated development and alid of curriculum competency preliminary proficiency based progression methodology using the fundamentals of robotic surgery as an exemplar.
Dr. Satava asked the audience to consider “Does this training things safer for my patient?” He shared with proficiency-based progression training to consistently meet a high level of skill now and increase that ability as learners move down the line. He then shared how his team built learning devices first through simulated animation to perfect the model before creating a physical prototype. With these prototypes, learners must prove competency with a measured qualitative experience with specific benchmarks, and are not allowed to continue onwards until each step is proven proficient.
For new technologies, Dr. Satava highlighted future laser technologies which will provide non-invasive surgeries and advances in 3d printing. He then closed by reminding us that healthcare technology is neutral, and sooner than later, humans will evolve thanks to use of these technologies.
Registered delegates will be able to watch the keynote sessions live on their mobile devices and watch the recordings after the event from the comfort of their home.
*Afternoon Session Update:
Flinders University Professor Harry Owen published the work “Simulation in Healthcare Education”, and provided a breakdown of key historical updates including the first auscultation simulator in 1867 and various OB simulators from the 18th century! About the book: Simulation in healthcare education has a long history, yet in many ways, we have been reinventing the wheel during the last 25 years. Historically, simulators have been much more than simple models, and we can still learn from aspects of simulation used hundreds of years ago. This book gives a narrative history of the development of simulators from the early 1700s to the middle of the 20th century when simulation in healthcare appeared to all but die out. It is organized around the development of simulation in different countries and includes at the end a guide to simulators in museums and private collections throughout the world. The aim is to increase understanding of simulation in the professional education of healthcare providers by exploring the historical context of simulators that were developed in the past, what they looked like, how they were used, and examples of simulator use that led to significant harm and an erosion of standards. The book is addressed to the healthcare simulation community and historians of medicine. Buy it through the link below:
Advances in Simulation with Editor in Chief Debra Nestel
Professor Nestel provided an update regarding the recently launched Advances in Simulation journal which is open access, starting with an introduction to the editors of the journal and the supporting reviewer team.
Advances in Simulation Benefits to Authors:
- SESAM’s Professional Journal
- Open Access
- Promotion and Press Coverage
Update from launch 15 months ago:
- Editorial Board formation
- Category types
- Manuscript commissioning
- Launched January 11 2016
- 21 articles published
- 13 research articles
- Promotional activities
- Supplements portfolio
- Secured over 300 reviewers
- Most accessed articles has been read more than 1700 times
Learn more about free access to Advances in Simulation here.
Afternoon Plenary from SSH President Dr. Chad Epps
Dr. Epps, Executive Director of Simulation at UTHSC and President of SSH, started his plenary with a breakdown about improv, connecting the performance style to healthcare simulation.
As a clinician, and not an educator, Chad shared how he started considering some key questions after building a training assessment criteria for his anesthesiology residents. How did he know his checklist for assessment was valid? How valid was this tool? As, perhaps a tool designed for professional ED professionals would not work that well for an academic setting with residents. And beyond that — how competent was the assessors?
Dr. Epps then shared some resources for assessment development in simulation including the Assessment Standards of Best Practice in Simulation from INACSL and the SSH Accreditation Standards in Assessment. He also recommend the book “Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs” — which you can buy below: