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.