Monday, 1 March 2021

The 50th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVISIM2021 (The Finale) - Simulation Education in Medicine during COVID19



The Grand Finale of the Global e-Congress on Simulation Education in Medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic was a magnanimous event with educators from all around the world convening virtually into the WACEM Virtual Conference hall.

The session was well received by Simulation experts and exemplary educators from the United States, United Kingdom, India, Israel, Qatar, Singapore, Malaysia and other member countries of the World Academic Council of Emergency Medicine.

The finale comprised of the India session following up on sessions by experts from Singapore, US and New Zealand serially over the past 3 weeks.

The Global e-Congress COVISIM2021 was been conceived by WACEM in collaboration with the WHO- CCET, ACAIM, AIIMS, EMA India, ACEE India all affiliated with INDUSEM.

The stellar finale invited the best of speakers from 2 of the premier Simulation Centres with established academic Emergency Medicine Departments in India- Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal and D Y Patil University, Mumbai.

The Simulation Division from KMC Manipal, (SIMians) comprised of Dr. Vimal Krishnan, Dr. Sanjan A, Dr. Freston Sirur and Dr. Jayaraj Balakrishnan.

Dr. Ajit Baviskar was the SIM- Educator expert from D Y Patil Mumbai.

The sessions were unique and ranged from the basic tenet of Simulation designing for SIMeducator, POCUS in Simulation, InSituSim, Biosafety innovations and Simulation.

The sessions invoked cerebral discussions between the experts and plans for international collaboration under the WACEM-GloSIM Network.

“The success of the non-stop 50 weeks of collaborative e-learning sessions by WACEM defines the Bullish position of WACEM as a global leader in the Academic Circuits during the COVID Pandemic” declared Dr. Sagar Galwankar, CEO INDUSEM and Executive Director of WACEM.


Thursday, 25 February 2021

The 49th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVISIM2021 (Session III) - Simulation Education in Medicine during COVID19

The 3rd Session (20th Feb 2021) of the COVISIM2021 Saturday Summit was studded with presentations by the esteemed Academic Emergency Medicine Faculty from The University of South Florida Center For Advanced Medical Learning And Simulation (CAMLS). 

Distinguished Speakers


Dr. Okuda spoke about the state of simulation and his journey in the academic world of simulation education and medicine.  He discussed the role of simulation to advance educational science in medicine.  He presented various video presentations which demonstrated proficient engagement of stimulation technologies during the COVID pandemic.  He emphasized the role of using Simulation teaching methodologies  which included simulation drills for preparing healthcare workers to deal with COVID patients with various pathologies.  Emphasis was also laid on the fact that a new normal would need stimulation technology to be incorporated.

Dr. Bradley Peckler, MD, FACEP

Dr. Peckler is a leader in Simulation from New Zealand.  We discussed about various initiatives taken by his center during the COVID pandemic.  He was quick to emphasize that has no COVID patients and the preparedness efforts would still be in place in case there was new cases which emerged from international travel.


Dr. Prashant Mahajan, MD, MPH, MBA


Dr. Mahajan presented is part breaking research in arena of artificial intelligence and ambient reality.  He presented with here is fair artificial intelligent augmented reality and ambient reality are all combined for decision-making in the emergency situations.  A lot of discussion was held on this topic after his lecture.

 The Closing 27th February COVISIM2021 Saturday Session will feature Key Note Presentations from Manipal Academic of Higher Education (MAHE).


Wednesday, 17 February 2021

The 48th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVISIM2021 (Session II) - Simulation Education in Medicine during COVID19

The 2nd Session (13th Feb 2021) of the COVISIM2021 Saturday Summit began with presentations by the esteemed Academic Emergency Medicine Faculty from The Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia which is the Home of The Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Dr. Robert & Dorothy Rector Clinical Skills & Simulation Center. 

Summary of Presentations:

Dr. Shruti Chandra
COVID19 disrupted the educational opportunities the simulation and clinical skills center at Jefferson offers. We described the various modifications we made to our training programs including a grab-and-go model, in-situ simulation to not only teach our regularly scheduled educational programs but also to prepare the emergency department for the pandemic (PPE, intubation etc). We offered solutions to pivot to virtual simulation education and easy to build home models for high fidelity procedural task trainers. We also offered strategies for in-person teaching with focus on distancing, PPE, disinfecting and other adaptations for a successful return to the simulation center.
Lastly, we focused continuing to apply these innovations for simulation education beyond COVID19 pandemic and highlight that elaborate simulation set ups and mannequins are not required for an effective and successful simulation education program. 

Dr. Elizabeth Lee and Dr. Efrat Kean
In-situ simulation allows for deliberate practice of specific roles, identification of latent safety threats, and during the pandemic provided reassurance to practitioners that a clear plan was in place to prevent workplace exposure to Covid-19 virus. We also shared ideas on how to provide task trainers for remote and home learning during the pandemic.

Dr. Ronald Hall
He described the Grab 'n Go model that helps facilitate educational consultation between simulation program coordinator and faculty, where the center has an assembly line of simulation task trainers and itemized checklist and arranges for contents to be returned to drop off site at center and sanitized 

We also described how we reimagined how to perform a physical examination, placed further emphasis on student communication skills and analyzed the effects of alternative learning activities. We tackled the logistics of a Virtual OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination). 

Dr. Jared Kilpatrick and Dr. Kelly Kehm
We used Full Code, a virtual simulation serious game from Minerva Medical for the education of both residents and medical students. Virtual simulation was used across multiple applications for both skill development and assessment. Using virtual simulation afforded faculty new opportunities for improved understanding of learner thought processes.

Dr. Anthony Sielicki
He discussed the use of virtual simulation and telecommunication with a standardized patient to train emergency medicine residents to deliver bad news, as well as best practices to mitigate trainee distress when simulations are planned with poor patient outcomes.

 The 20th February COVISIM2021 Saturday Session will feature Key Note Presentations from Prof. Okuda President Elect of The Society for Simulation in HealthCare, Dr. Brad Peckler from New Zealand and Prof. Mahajan from Michigan University.


Saturday, 6 February 2021

The 47th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVISIM2021 (Inaugural Session) - Simulation Education in Medicine during COVID19

The Inaugural Session of the COVISIM2021 Saturday Summit began with presentations by the Singapore General Hospital Simulation Institute led by Prof. Fatimah Lateef.

Simulation and Technology-Driven Education: Riding the Wave of Change with COVID 19

Prof. Dr. Fatimah Lateef


COVID 19 posed multiple challenges in various domains of medical education. One major drawback was the inability to conduct face to face training and teaching, which had always been the norm and cornerstone of medical education. Utilizing the concepts of simulation-based learning, computer-based learning, remote and virtual learning and simulation, the use of virtual patients with problem-based learning, we embarked on training the  healthcare professions utilizing surrogate learning methodologies. COVID 19 presented a fertile ground which enabled us to look at old and current practices through fresh eyes

This presentation will also share the concept of computer-based simulation to meet the set learning objectives, the administrative support, the roles and responsibilities of faculty and facilitators. The issue of fidelity as well as interfacing is also highlighted in maximizing the experience of the learners, who are part of a virtual team. Computer-based simulation can also be an effective tool to enhance critical thinking and clinical reasoning capabilities. 

With the greater load of training being conducted online, it is also timely to remind everyone of the netiquette of online and virtual teaching and learning. It refers to a set of core rules that outlines what should and should not be done online, in maintaining common courtesy.


Simulation-driven Solutions for COVID-19: Through the Human Factors Lenses 

Dr. Yin Shanqing


 COVID-19 highlighted challenges in collaborative performances that traditionally plagued teams even before the pandemic. In many care settings since COVID-19, team members have to don full PPE, N95 masks, and even Positive Air Pressure Respirators (PAPR). This exacerbated the accurate identification of team members, muffled speech communication, and possibly even hindered timely care delivery as team members raced to don PPE safely. 

Beyond training and education, simulation can be an effective platform for applying human factors insights and developing interventions driven by human factors science. This presentation shares how a prototype solution, developed from a separate simulation effort, helped to enhance urgent care delivery during COVID-19. Other human factors issues faced by clinicians during time-critical COVID-19 care will also be discussed. 

The SingHealth Duke NUS Institute of Medical Simulation Response to COVID 19

Ms. Madhavi Suppiah


The Covid-19 pandemic has caused simulation centres globally, to re-imagine and re-engineer the education and training they provide. This has to continue despite social distancing measures and personal as well as team hygiene management that are essential to patient safety. Infrastructire and environmental management and control also becomes important.

Simulation plays a significant role in the education and training of healthcare professionals and it is vital to continue to operate taking into account the new measures & alternatives. This presentation will share how the Singhealth Duke NUS Institute of Medical Simulation ( SIMS) was affected from the early phases of the COVID 19 pandemic right into the re-opening to function in the new norm

It will also share how SIMS quickly responded to address the multiple elements and to adapt to the new paradigm.  Through collaborations and consultations, SIMS found innovative solutions on the format and delivery to continue to support our faculty and learners and also ensuring the health and safety of each individual is never compromised. Safe distancing and infection control measures will also discussed in the new norm of training, as SIMS aligned with the SingHealth Disaster Outbreak Taskforce (SDOT) and the  national guidelines of the Multi-Ministerial COVID 19 Taskforce in Singapore.

 The 13th February COVISIM2021 Saturday Session will feature Presentations from The Thomas Jefferson University Simulation Center (JeffSIM), Philadelphia, USA.

Saturday, 30 January 2021

The 46th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVIPOCUS2021 (Final Session) - Using POCUS in COVID19




30th January 2021

The Fifth and Final session of COVIPOCUS2021 was held on 30th  January 2021 from 6:30PM- 10:30PM (India Time). Delegates from all over the world participated in the conference. The meeting was also attended by 15 international leaders.

Live Lab:


A Partnership between Emergency Medicine Academic Faculty at the University of Florida at Jacksonville and Florida State University at Sarasota resulted in a Laboratory Video on BioProtection of the Human and POCUS machine during the provision of COVID-19 patient care.

Sanitization, Disinfection, low level cleaning and deep cleaning concepts were demonstrated and discussed. Burning question related to single gloving versus double gloving, design of Emergency Cubicles and methodologies of simulation based education were also discussed.


Dr. Ashley Grant (FSU)

Dr. Andrew Shannon (UF)

Dr. Sagar Galwankar (FSU)

Dr. Dhanashree Kelkar (UF)

 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mike Smith, is a Senior Lecturer at School of Healthcare Sciences at College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University, UK.  Dr. Smith Disussed the importance of partnering to advance the science of POCUS. He highlighted on various scenarios and challenges faced by different leaders and specialties across the world.

Dr. Aruna Munasinghe was the Secretary General for WACEM 2017 & Founding President of Critical Care Forum of Sri Lanka. He is the International Coordinator, World Collaborating Center for Acute Care. Additionally he is the Consultant Physician & In-charge of Emergency Medicine, MICU & Department of Medicine, District General Hospital, Gampaha. Sri Lanka. Dr. Aruna discussed about I-POCUS and S-POCUS and also the Samurai model of POCUS based Care.

 Dr. Guru Karnati  is a Consultant Radiologist, Lead of Musculoskeletal Imaging at the Musgrove Park Hospital, United Kingdom. He is also the Member of the Royal College of Radiologists, United Kingdom. Dr. Karnati discussed about the situation and process flow at his hospital from the perspective of the radiology department. He also emphasized the need for wellness and highlighted the importance of taking breaks during providing care.

Research Presentations brought the curtain down on the Phenomenal COVIPCUS2021 which set new benchmarks in Global Sonographic Education.

 Partnering with WHO-CCET, WACEM and Universities across the world as well as bringing POCUS leaders onto one platform were the prominent achievements of COVIPOCUS2021

February 2021 will celebrate COVISIM2021 Congress : Every Saturday 6:30 PM India Time. COVISIM2021 will focus on Simulation Education on SARS-CoV2 and Survival. 

For Registrations:

Sunday, 24 January 2021

The 45th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVIPOCUS2021 - Using POCUS in COVID19




24th January 2021

The Fourth session of COVIPOCUS2021 was held on 23rd January 2021 from 6:30PM- 9:30PM (India Time). Delegates from all over the world participated in the conference. The meeting was also attended by 10 international leaders.

Key-Note Session


Dr. Christopher Fung from Michigan University Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Fung discussed about the various expanded uses of POCUS and current literature and recommendation for its use with patients with COVID19.

Prof. Prabath Nanayakkara from Netherlands and The Founder Member of The World Academic Council of Emergency Medicine.

Prof. Prabath discussed about creating the infrastructure for Randomized Control Trials in POCUS.

Special Session of Phase Zero Trials Team

A special presentation was done by Mr. Kevin Lee from Phase Zero Trials where we discussed about Image Driven RCT in POCUS and how latest technologies could bank and analyze the volumes of data being gathered from across the world.

Open House Discussion:

A Very vibrant discussion was held on various factors related to variability, bias and anthropology when collecting POCUS data across the world.

Dr. Vali (Tanzania) Dr. Fung (USA), Dr. Prabath (Netherlands) led the discussions.

Countries such as Turkey, Japan, France, South America, Spain  and a few others have medical education in national languages. It was reemphasized to share knowledge on POCUS from these Nations.

Medical Students and Licensed Medical Doctors need different research educational training standards and that would work to decrease interpersonal variability in data collection.  

Special Remarks were delivered by Dr. Patanjali Dev Nayyar from WHO SEARO on important aspects of strategies related to growing the use of POCUS in Medicine and health facilities across India.

Featured Research Presentation:


Presented By Dr. Sanjan. A                                                                                              Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine,                                                                              Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

The COVID-19 pandemic, has affected healthcare systems around the globe, especially in triaging and prioritizing patients for testing and isolation, especially when dealing with atypical presentations. Computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest is the imaging modality of choice. Interstitial involvement was the main finding. Lung ultrasound (LUS) is an alternative to chest CT that had gained popularity in the triage, diagnosis, and follow up and even to prognosticate the COVID patient. Recent studies had shown the utility of LUS in the diagnosis of COVID-19 that showed various findings ranging from A lines to consolidation depending on the severity of the infection. In addition to this LUS scoring system has gained popularity with score ranging from 0 to 36. Studies have shown LUS could be used for strategizing the management plan of the patients, could diagnose early VAP. Increase in LUS score had a relation with severity of ARDS or worsening respiratory failure, whereas decrease in LUS had been used to wean the patient from ventilator.

Saturday, 16 January 2021

The 44th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVIPOCUS2021 - Using POCUS in COVID19

16th January 2021

The  Third session of COVIPOCUS2021 was held on 16th January 2021 from 6:30PM-8:30PM (India Time). Delegates from all over the world participated in the conference. The meeting was also attended by 15 international leaders.

Key Note Session


Dr. Ashley Grant from the Florida State University Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Florida, USA 

Dr. Grant Discussed various presentations of MIS in Children and emphasized the use of POCUS in diagnosing MIS Presentations in Children. She presented phenomenal cases and POCUS images.

Prof. Basar Cander, President of The Emergency Physicians Association of Turkey and The Founder Member of The World Academic Council of Emergency Medicine.

Prof. Basar discussed all the initiatives EPAT has taken to escalate POCUS Education and its usage during the COVID Pandemic.

Open House Discussion:

A Very vibrant discussion was held on the usage of POCUS and an important aspect of Linguistic Barriers in POCUS Education. Countries such as Turkey, Japan and a few others have medical education in national languages. It is important to share knowledge on POCUS from these Nations.

Prof.. Tato from India emphasized that to make the usage of POCUS a commonplace we have to standardize the education models and gear them towards target audiences. 

Medical Students and Licensed Medical Doctors need different educational standards and benchmarks. 

This was recognized as a humongous effort and the team embraced this initiative to develop such models.

A discussion was also held on energizing the acceptability of POCUS in Pediatrics. This was a far bigger challenge then we could imagine and many aspects were discussed. 

A special Panel Discussion was also held on the Expanded use of Doppler in Emergency Care. Prof. Shannon from University of Florida Department of Emergency Medicine at Jacksonville and Prof. Munasinghe, WACEM Secretary General (2017) from Sri Lanka actively led the discussions. 


The Virtual QatarHealth2021 Congress focused on Preparedness for FIFA2022 in Qatar will be held from 20th of January. Everyone was invited for the same by WACEM Secretary General (2018) Prof. Hassan Al-Thani.