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SIMULATION NEWS

Simulation Canada’s Features & News is the go-to resource for information on healthcare simulation in Canada and beyond, featuring news, events, academic articles and more. Much of the content is regularly submitted to Simulation Canada by the Canadian healthcare simulation community.

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New $2B fund for post-secondary institutions
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Tue, April 12
The Government of Canada has launched the application process for a new $2B fund that will improve research and innovation infrastructure at universities and colleges across the country. Quick Facts. The Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund was first announced in Budget 2016. The Fund will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities. Consultation with the provinces and territories as well as... CONTINUE READING
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College hosts regional summit of nursing students
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Sat, April 09
Collège Boréal hosted a regional Practical Nursing Seminar at its Timmins campus on Friday for students in Northern communities enrolled in Registered Practical Nursing programs. Students from Timmins, Kapuskasing, Hearst and New Liskeard came together at the campus to take part in a series of laboratory simulations throughout the day, hear presentations about diabetes and healthy eating and to interact with other students and professionals in their field. (Sources: timminspress.com) CONTINUE READING
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Announcing the Center for Medical Simulation’s new executive director
Tue, March 29
The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenny Rudolph, PhD, as CMS Executive Director, beginning July 1, 2016. Dr. Rudolph is succeeding Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD, who announced his decision last year to hand over the reins of the organization that he founded in 1993. Dr. Rudolph is best known in the healthcare simulation community as a pioneer in debriefing. The “debriefing with good judgment” method she developed with colleagues at CMS... CONTINUE READING
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Donation funds simulation system for St. Mary’s
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Mon, March 21
Thanks to the very generous donation of funding by Norm Mayer, Covenant Health St. Mary’s Hospital was recently able to purchase the Laerdal “Mega-Code Kelly” simulator system. This includes a mannequin, simulation tablet hardware, simulation software, startup tech support and training for up to eight staff members on how to run medical simulation scenarios for staff education purposes. (Source: camrosecanadian.com) CONTINUE READING
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Getting serious with serious games in health professionals' education
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Tue, March 15
Dr. Jeff Wiseman, an Internal Medicine physician at the Royal Victoria Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (RVH-MUHC), assistant professor of Medicine at McGill University and core member of the McGill Centre for Medical Education, is currently developing a serious medical smartphone-based game called The Deteriorating Patient with the aim of helping medical students learn how to stabilize severely ill patients when on call. He gives us the nitty-gritty on serious games and their... CONTINUE READING
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Centre for Ambulatory Care Education launches CaceHome.ca
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Mon, March 14
Women’s College Hospital’s (WCH) Centre for Ambulatory Care Education (CACE) is thrilled to announce the launch of CACE Homecare Curriculum – a first of its kind evidence-informed online curriculum designed to support a variety of homecare workers in providing care to seniors experiencing delirium, dementia, or depression. (Source: Women's College Hospital) CONTINUE READING
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Many benefits of future simulation centre
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Thu, March 10
Funding is needed for the training lab being built at the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital.  AHS Consultant, Jill is responsible for the future simulation centre and says "There will be every different shape and size of mannequin."  Jill adds "We can do any simulation the educators can dream up depending on the learning needs of the staff." (Source: fortsaskonline.com) CONTINUE READING
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This simulation shows what reading can be like when you have dyslexia
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Tue, March 08
Roughly five million Canadians are affected by dyslexia, a learning disability which can make reading and writing a challenge. Swedish web developer Victor Widell found a way to show just how much of a struggle it can be for some people. He used computer code to scramble the letters in a passage of text based on how his friend described her experience with dyslexia. (Source: Global News) CONTINUE READING
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Response to 'Living dolls and nurses without empathy'
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Mon, March 07
As Canadian educators who have worked with simulation-based pedagogy for many years we read with interest the editorial 'Living dolls and nurses without empathy'. The authors of the article expressed a concern that all of us working in simulation have encountered: namely that a manikin - or any simulator, for that matter - cannot possibly accurately represent, and certainly cannot replace, a real person. We absolutely agree! (Source: JAN interactive) CONTINUE READING
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The use of simulation in teaching social work practice: A potential answer for the art and science of social work
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Wed, March 02
Our students are voicing strong support for the continuation and expansion of the use of simulation. This pilot project certainly inspired me to find out if simulation can be a potential answer for teaching the art and science of social work practice. (Blog post) (Source: carleton.ca) CONTINUE READING
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Dementia simulation helps to improve care worker practice
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Tue, March 01
Oxford Brookes University in the UK has devised a training program to support people with dementia. The university's Dementia Simulation Training provides commissioners, healthcare professionals, and care staff with an increased awareness of what people living with dementia experience on a daily basis. (Source: carehome.co.uk) CONTINUE READING
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College students participate in real-life emergency simulation
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Mon, February 29
Confederation College students get a taste of real-world emergency situations. Those training to be paramedics, police officers, firefighters, nurses and radiation technologists teamed up in a practical emergency scenario for the second Inter-Professional Education Day. (Source: tbnewswatch.com) CONTINUE READING
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Scarborough’s Centennial College hosting double-disaster simulation for first responders
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Wed, February 17
Could the province’s first responders and hospitals adequately handle two mass casualty emergencies? That’s what will be determined Thursday (Feb. 18) at Centennial College’s Morningside campus where 500 volunteers will stage a subway crash and a mass shooting as part of a training and testing exercise. (Source: Scarborough Mirror) CONTINUE READING
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Ontario celebrates opening of cutting-edge manufacturing training centre at Seneca College
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Fri, February 12
Today, Ontario celebrated the opening of the Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre at Seneca College, a first-in-Ontario facility that will help students develop the cutting-edge skills they need to find jobs in the province's manufacturing sector. (Source: ontario.ca) CONTINUE READING
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Simulated hospital setting gives Mohawk students a leg up
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Fri, February 12
The man in the hospital bed is a real dummy and nursing student Josie Smith knows it. He's coughing and complaining a lot about how he can't breathe. But Smith throws her training into practice and does everything she can to make this "mannequin with a voice" comfortable — checking his oxygen supply and monitors and administering medication. (Source: Hamilton Spectator) CONTINUE READING
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An historic “Made in Ontario” healthcare education model comes to Canada
Wed, February 10
On Wednesday, February 3, the auditorium of the Michener Institute was full with healthcare, education, and government leaders to mark an historic launch of a new “Made in Ontario” healthcare education model in Canada: The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. “This is a first of its kind merger in Canada, where two leading institutions have come together to improve our healthcare system. Most importantly, it will help address the biggest problem facing young graduates today, which is to find... CONTINUE READING
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Motz pre-hospitalization lab opens at Conestoga College
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Thu, February 04
It was an exciting day at Conestoga College as the school celebrated the grand opening of their new Motz Pre-Hospitalization Laboratory. The state-of-the-art lab is located at the Cowan Health Sciences Centre at Conestoga’s Doon campus, and was supported through a leadership gift provided by the Motz family. (Source: 570 News) CONTINUE READING
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Quebec's medical schools grapple with new type of training for doctors
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Wed, January 27
Competency-based training is the new wave in medical education and Quebec’s medical schools are gearing up to expand their use of this type of medical training for residents, which has already been introduced in family medicine programs in the province. (Source: Montreal Gazette) CONTINUE READING
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St. Michael’s Hospital, Ryerson unveil joint venture to improve health care
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Tue, January 26
Ori Rotstein, surgeon-in-chief at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, didn’t know Ryerson University’s dean of engineering when he took the seat beside him at an award announcement five years ago. Before the event ended, the pair had struck an alliance, figuring there must be ways the school and hospital, located on each other’s doorsteps, could work together. (Source: The Globe and Mail) CONTINUE READING
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Queen’s University to revamp medical training to focus on skills
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Mon, January 18
Queen’s University will be the first institution in Canada to adopt competency-based training for all its medical residents, education that emphasizes the skills residents gain rather than the time they spend doing hospital rotations. (Source: The Globe and Mail) CONTINUE READING

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