Message from Dimitri

Message from Dimitri
June 10, 2013

Dear SIM-one Community,

I am excited to begin what will be the first of many messages that gives me the opportunity to communicate directly with Ontario’s healthcare simulation community. I look forward to your feedback.

This was a very successful year for SIM-one with many new challenges and opportunities to build upon.

SIM-one has changed significantly as an organization. As many of you may know, SIM-one Ontario Simulation Network was incorporated as an Ontario not-for-profit organization, an important milestone in our evolution. Representatives of member organizations across the Ontario Simulation Network will elect SIM-one’s first skills-based Board of Directors at the inaugural Annual General Meeting of Members, planned for late Fall 2013.

We are advancing simulation-based learning in health professions education. SIM-one’s first project as an independent organization was the Seniors Care Project. This initiative was a huge undertaking, involving a large amount of work in a relatively short period of time. Within three months, SIM-one delivered more than $2.3 million to Ontario community colleges that offer Personal Support Worker (PSW) training, which included completing pre-investment inventories of their simulation spaces. I am proud to say that as a result of this project over 95% of Ontario’s PSW learners will have access to best practices simulation equipment for caring for seniors living in an at-home environment.

We have made tremendous inroads with our community outreach efforts, achieving nearly 100% engagement across Ontario’s college and university sectors. As of my writing this, all of Ontario’s community colleges and 13 of its universities have joined the Ontario Simulation Network.

I am very honoured to announce that Saäd Rafi, Deputy Minister of the MOHLTC, will be speaking at the 2013 Ontario Simulation Exposition. The annual SIM Expo is now the largest healthcare simulation event in Canada, thanks in large part to the dedicated support of our community. The 2013 SIM Expo will take place December 5 & 6 in Toronto.

SIM-one’s 2012-13 Annual Report, which includes more in-depth updates on our service offerings, will be posted on the website soon.

Have a great summer!

Together, we will further position Ontario as the global leader in healthcare simulation.

Dimitri Anastakis, MD, MHPE, MHCM, FRCSC, FACS, FICS
President and CEO
SIM-one—Ontario Simulation Network