BioMedCentral Interviews Advances in Simulation Editor Debra Nestel on Launch of New Journal

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Exciting news announced at IMSH 2016 by Debra Nestel and SESAM that a new Journal “Advances in Simulation” was launched during the event! BioMedCentral.com interviewed Professor Nestel about this new publication and the future of medical simulation. Debra Nestel is Professor of Simulation Education in Health Care at Monash University, Australia. For over 25 years she has used simulation as an educational method in the context of health care. Professor Nestel has a particular interest in human-based simulations and is experienced in research and development of several simulation modalities.

BioMedCentral.com Asked Debra, “What do you hope will be achieved in the field in the next ten years”?


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The seeds of the achievements for the next decade are likely to be planted now. I’ll offer five ideas:

  • First, there is already sufficient simulation research to enable meaningful reviews. This is likely to lead to new theories (of the middle range rather than unified) that will shape further research and the work of simulation practitioners.
  • Second, we will see simulation embedded in curricula for all health and social care professionals. Access to simulation will widen and a greater breadth of modalities will be adopted.
  • Third, professional development for simulation practitioners will lead to greater simulation specialism with a parallel advance of all clinical teachers at minimum thinking about using simulation to design learning activities.
  • Fourth, there will be really exciting developments in technology-based simulations, especially with augmented and virtual realities.
  • Fifth, simulation will form part of patient (and where appropriate their carers) education as well as providing ways of giving the wider community access to health and social care practices such that they may help improve the very services designed for them.
  • Finally, all of these achievements will contribute directly or indirectly to improving patient safety.

Learn more about the new AiS Journal here and Read the Full BioMedCentral Article here!


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Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) Launches New Advances in Simulation Journal

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Today a note about a new medical simulation journal coming soon from the world’s longest running healthcare simulation organization: SESAM!

Advances in Simulation provides a forum to share scholarly practice to advance the use of simulation in the context of health and social care. Advances in Simulation publishes articles that cover all science and social science disciplines, all health and social care professions and multi- and inter-professional studies. The journal includes articles relevant to simulation that include the study of health care practice, human factors, psychology, sociology, anthropology, communication, teamwork, human performance, education, learning technology, economics, biomedical engineering, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, therapeutics, scientific computation, simulation modelling, population studies, theatre, craft, program evaluation and more.

All articles published by Advances in Simulation will be made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.

About SESAM

The Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) was founded in 1994 in Copenhagen and aims to encourage and support the use of simulation in health care and medicine for the purpose of training and research. Key roles of SESAM are to develop and support the application of simulation in education, research, and quality management by facilitating collaborations and the exchange of technology and knowledge throughout Europe.

Professor Debra Nestel, Editor-in-Chief

Professor Debra Nestel is Professor of Simulation Education in Health Care at Monash University, Australia. For over 25 years she has used simulation as an educational method in the context of health care. Professor Nestel has a particular interest in human-based simulations and is experienced in research and development of several simulation modalities.

Good news! Advances in Simulation is accepting submissions and will publish its first articles soon so head over to their website to submit your simulation research today!

Visit the Advances in Simulation Journal Website and SESAM’s Website for more information!

Victorian Simulated Patient Network Website Provides Free Simulation Resources

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Debra Nestel is the Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare at Monash University, Australia. She is also the Editor in Chief of the new Advances in Simulation, a new open access journal associated by the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). More on that soon!

Recently Debra shared with HealthySim about The Virtual Simulated Patient Network (VSPN) website, which was established to create a network of individuals with a special interest in simulated patient (SP) methodology. The VSPN offers online modules on various aspects of working with SPs involved in health and social care professional education. The modules are likely to be of interest to simulation educators, technicians, SPs and to some extent learners involved in undergraduate and postgraduate training in all health professional disciplines.

The VSPN aims to provide individuals interested in simulated patient (SP) practice with a network to share with and from each other. SPs are individuals trained to portray real patients. SPs contribute to health professional education in many ways. There is a spectrum of SP practices that are expanding. The VSPN aims to connect SPs, educators, students, clinicians and others through this website.

The website is free and aims to share information about this modality from many simulation champions in the field. Earlier this year the VSPN crossed over 500 members who come from every continent!

Visit the VSPN website for all these free resources and to learn more!


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Professor Debra Nestel Shares The Benefits of Simulation to Medical Journal of Australia

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Recently The Medical Journal of Australia interviewed Professor Debra Nestel BA PhD FAcadMEd CHSE-A, who is professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare at Monash University in Melbourne. In the audio interview below Dr. Nestel discusses the role of simulated patients and other modalities, particularly in relation to rural training. With MJA engagement editor, Cate Swannell.

To accompany a Careers feature on simulation training in medical schools she speaks with MJA engagement editor Cate Swannell in the video below:

Learn more about The Medical Journal of Australia and Dr. Debra Nestel!