Message from the Executive Director SIM-one: Today and Tomorrow

Message from the Executive Director SIM-one: Today and Tomorrow
March 30, 2012

Ontario’s healthcare system faces many challenges. As described in the 2012 Drummond Report, the cost of healthcare is rising and some difficult decisions will need to be made; however, most Ontarians demand that the system not only remain intact but also improved upon.

At SIM-one we are committed to doing our part to create a more sustainable, cost-efficient and high quality healthcare delivery and education system. Strategically aligned with the objectives of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, SIM-one is working to add further value to Ontario’s economy and healthcare system through its innovative educational offerings, provincial simulation equipment coordination service, and shared agenda for further research, commercialization and innovation.

SIM-one’s educational portfolio grew at a rapid rate in fiscal year (FY) 2011-12. Our educational offerings, for example, nearly tripled in size from the previous fiscal year with SIM-one’s “The Keystones of Healthcare Simulation” certificate program leading the way. Launched in 2010, the first-of-its-kind Keystones certificate is designed for learners who are interested in a more immersive experience in healthcare simulation and— like all of SIM-one’s offerings—is an inclusive program for all health professions. SIM-one is also expanding its educational offerings to include virtual reality and e-learning as well as offerings in French to better serve Ontario’s francophone community. As part of our outreach strategy, we are partnering with member centres to offer SIM-one courses in their local communities. SIM-one is training the next generation of simulation educators through its innovative course offerings.

The more interconnected Ontario’s simulation network, the greater the potential for collaboration and innovation. This past year, SIM-one made great strides in connecting Ontario’s vast simulation enterprise. For example, during its Member Centre Drive, SIM-one successfully signed up 40 simulation centres and programs from across the province as SIM-one members. We have also seen a large increase in the number of individuals visiting the SIM-one website,, social media followers and e-newsletter subscribers.

SIM-one advocates for the advancement of simulation-based learning in health professions’ education. We are facilitating opportunities for further commercialization and innovation in Ontario. The Province represents one of the world’s largest simulation clusters, and SIM-one has actively collaborated with Ontario-based simulation businesses. This collaboration was witnessed firsthand at SIM-one’s annual Ontario Simulation Exposition— held on December 1, 2011—where the event attracted a record 14 industry exhibitors and profiled new Ontario-based start-up simulation companies. SIM-one will build upon this success during the 2012 Ontario Simulation Exposition, which has been expanded to a two-day event due to popular demand. The 2012 Expo will take place on December 6 and 7, 2012 in Toronto.

SIM-one is fully implementing its planned Research and Development Division, laying down the foundations for further commercialization and innovation. SIM-one will hire a new Director to lead this division. The new Director will reach out to Ontario’s simulation research community and work collaboratively with simulation leaders from across the Province to develop a process to award simulation research grants in FY 2012-13. This is yet another example of how SIM-one creates value for its members.

The challenges facing Ontario’s healthcare system may seem daunting to most, but simulation presents us with an opportunity to think outside of the box. Through collaboration and innovation, SIM-one—with the support of its community—will further position Ontario as the global leader in healthcare simulation.


Dimitri Anastakis, MD, MHPE, MHCM, FRCSC, FACS, FICS
Executive Director