Lebanon’s LAU Medical Simulation Conference Opens in Beirut

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This morning at the Metropolitan Hilton in Beirut, Lebanon, the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie School of Medicine 3rd International Conference on Medical Education, under the patronage of His Excellency The President of The Lebanese Republic General Michel Aoun, opened with a focus on Simulation for Education and Patient Safety.

Dr. Vanda Abi Raad, MD, MHPE Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Director and Clinical Simulation Center Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee helped co-chair the event alongside SESAM President Antoine Tesniere. The event was supported by SESAM and SimGHOSTS.

Dr. René Amalberti, MD, PhD Senior Advisor of Patient Safety for Haute Autorité de Santé France provided the opening keynote “Adapting medical simulation to the rapid massive structural and organizational changes occurring in healthcare”. Dr. Amalberti is a professor of medicine, physiology, and ergonomics – who after a residency in psychiatry, joined the Air Force in 1977, and graduated in aerospace medicine, obtaining a permanent military research position in 1982. He retired with the rank of general in February 2008 and is now working part-time as Senior Advisor, Patient Safety, at the Haute Autorité de Santé.


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Dr. Amalberti explained that the costs of healthcare will dramatically in the next few decades as the population continues to grow and age. For example to this audience, he reminded us that the population aged over 60 in Lebanon will more than double by 2050 to 31%. Furthermore, he explained that simulation is a perfect fit for many of the challenges that will be facing healthcare as this demand continues to increase.

  • Develop training on interfaces and distant communication among professionals
  • Provide specific training scenario on the coordination between hospitals and primary care
  • Broaden the type of professionals involved to capture the true variety of pros involve in patients journey
  • Connect the time frame of training to the patient journey
  • Improve scenarios and debriefings introducing a larger range of strategies

He explained that by optimizing strategies to adopt best practices and working conditions you can better manage risks to increase control, recover, mitigate and innovate.

Dr. Amalberti’s latest book “Safer Healthcare Strategies for the Real World” is available for download for free. The opening ceremonies continued with Antoine Tesniere, President of SESAM.

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