2017 Expo Program & Call for Abstracts


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Keynotes Announced!

We are excited to announce this year's keynote speakers, world leaders in serious gaming and healthcare simulation!

Bill Kapralos, PhD  Gamification Guru
Associate Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Immersive technologies, gamification and serious games for healthcare education

Bill Kapralos is an Associate Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. His current research interests include: immersive technologies, serious gaming, multi-modal virtual environments/simulation/reality, the perception of auditory events, and 3D (spatial) sound generation for interactive virtual environments. He has led several large interdisciplinary and international virtual simulation/serious gaming research projects that have included experts from medicine/surgery, medical education, and engineering with funding from a variety of government and industry sources. He has been invited to speak on the topic of immersive technologies, virtual simulation, and serious gaming for medical education at numerous international venues including a keynote presentation at the IEEE International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication, Technologies and Learning, San Diego, CA (October 2016). He is currently leading the serious gaming theme within the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Interactive and Multi-Modal Experience Research Syndicate (IMMERSe) initiative. Bill chaired the 2014 IEEE Games, Entertainment, and Media (GEM) conference, and the ACM FuturePlay International Conference on the Future of Game Design and Technology from 2007-2010. He co-chaired the 2015 IEEE GEM conference, and the ACM Virtual Reality Software and Technology Conference in 2012. He is a past recipient of an IBM Centers for Advanced Studies Faculty Award, a past co-recipient of a Google Faculty Award, and a past recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship to conduct research in Japan. He recently completed a two-month stay at Shizuoka University in Hamamatsu, Japan, as a Visiting Research Fellow and Honorable Guest Professor as part of this Fellowship.

Daniel Raemer, PhD  Patriarch of Simulation
Associate Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Bioengineer, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Chief Curiosity Officer, Center for Medical Simulation

Simulation Trauma!  Avoiding harm to patients, participants, and staff.

Dan Raemer has developed a special expertise in teamwork and crisis management over the past twenty-four years at the Center for Medical Simulation in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He is particularly interested in the art of debriefing and is frequently called upon to facilitate multi-disciplinary teamwork sessions in a variety of specialty areas such as operating rooms, intensive care units, emergency departments, endoscopy, and labor and delivery suites.  In 2003 Dan received a unique award from the Harvard Department of Anaesthesia for “excellence in teaching”.  Using simulation as a research tool to investigate healthcare worker’s behaviors and thought processes has been his most enduring passion.  Dan has published work in these areas and has given numerous keynote addresses for specialty societies and other healthcare organizations on simulation as it has blossomed in the last several years.  He has worked globally to establish the International Meeting on Medical Simulation, is the founding trustee and a Past-President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).  In 2008, Dan received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from SSH for his contributions to the field.  He is also a Past-President of the Society for Technology in Anesthesia.  Dan’s graduate degrees are in Bioengineering and he worked as a researcher for many years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in the Anesthesia and Critical Care Departments.  In addition to his publications related to simulation practice and research, he has written extensively on monitoring devices and has a number of patents for clinically useful devices and technologies.



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SIM-one & CNSH are now accepting presentation and activity submissions for the 2017 SIM Expo – Canada’s premiere healthcare simulation conference, taking place on November 30 & December 1 at the International Centre in Toronto.

Abstracts from all professions and disciplines are welcome!

Submission deadline: 30 June 2017

IMPORTANT! All presenters must register within 15 days of abstract acceptance.
via Ex Ordo submission system


The theme of the 2017 SIM Expo is Simulation & Gamification, reflecting the increasing interest in combining serious gaming principles into simulations. This includes adopting gaming strategies to enhance in-person simulations, as well as using computer-based simulations and virtual patients.

We accept submissions on any topic related to healthcare simulation and consider them all equally; the theme simply reflects a focus for this year’s conference.

Peer Review

All abstracts are reviewed by an interprofessional committee and rated for relevance, innovation and rigour. Due to limited space, we will likely be unable to accept all proposals. We would like to acknowledge and thank the Expo’s loyal review committee for always helping to ensure the Expo has an outstanding and varied program.

2017 Scientific Co-Chairs:

Nicole Harder, RN PhD CHSE, University of Manitoba
Matthew Sibbald, MD FRCPC PhD, McMaster University

Peer review committee:

Bill Kapralos, PhD, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Marian Luctkar-Flude, RN PhD, Queen’s University
Amy Nakajima, MD FRCSC, SIM-one and Bruyère Continuing Care
Elaine Ng, MD FRCPC, Hospital for Sick Children
Luc Simard, ACP, Collège Boréal
Jane Tyerman, RN PhD, Trent-Fleming School of Nursing


All accepted abstracts and posters are openly published on Archives of Scholarship in Simulation and Educational Techniques, a Canadian online journal indexed by Google and PubMed Central. Our appreciation goes to Tuckamore Simulation Research Collaborative at Memorial University for making this possible.

Important Notes

If your proposal is accepted, some equipment and resources will be made available for you (please see below). If you require equipment that is not listed, it is your responsibility to provide it. If you need simulation equipment, let us know and we can try to connect you with a vendor to borrow it.

Please note that space is limited for all presentations. You may be asked to present in a different format depending on time and space availability, or we may be unable to accept your proposal.


  1. Application deadline: 30 June 2017.

  2. Abstract structure: We ask for structured abstracts. All submissions must adhere to the structure indicated for that submission type.

  3. Abstract withdrawal: Notice of withdrawal must be received by 30 Sep 2017. Please send written notice of withdrawal to Nicole Fung at NFung@sim-one.ca

  4. Notification of acceptance: 18 Aug 2017.

Ethics Review

All abstracts must indicate that their local Institutional Review Board reviewed their research or that IRB review was not applicable based on guidelines in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.

Conflict of interest

Authors must indicate whether they have a financial interest, affiliation, or other arrangement with a corporate organization that has a vested interest in the subject matter of the abstract. The peer review committee will take this into consideration when evaluating proposals.

Presentation & Activity Categories

We accept proposals for a wide variety of different presentations and activities, which make the Expo an incredible venue for sharing knowledge, celebrating achievements, demonstrating innovations, and more.

We accept completed projects and works in progress. We also accept abstracts previously presented at other regional, national or international meetings.

We encourage all presenters to be diverse, interactive, and creative. Feel free to propose something new or different than any options listed below! Contact expo@SIM-one.ca.

Presentations are divided into two streams and six formats.


Simulation Research. For the sharing of new knowledge and understanding emerging from high-quality research into simulation-based education and healthcare quality improvement.

Implementation & Innovation. For sharing your achievements and insights into developing innovative new simulation scenarios, programs and technologies. Quality improvement projects also fall under this category.


1) Facilitated poster presentation
2) Research presentation
3) Simulation-in-Action
4) Virtual Showcase
5) Video screening
6) Breakout workshop


New this year! A panel of judges will evaluate all posters and research presentations. Awards for best presentation/poster will be given in the following categories:

1) Best student presentation or poster (undergraduate and graduate students)
2) Best research presentation or poster
3) Best implementation/innovation presentation or poster

Submission Guidelines

1) Poster Presentations

The Poster Crawl is one of the top-rated activities at the SIM Expo. It allows participants to spend time with each poster presenter for further insight. Posters will be displayed throughout the two days of the event and the poster crawl is planned for Day 1.

Submitting Your Abstract

Posters are accepted for both the research and the implementation & innovation streams. All abstracts must be structured.

Abstracts for research projects must include: 1) Background; 2) Research question/hypothesis; 3) Method; 4) Results; and 5) Conclusion.

Abstracts that describe innovative uses of simulation should include: 1) Background/rationale/context; 2) Objective; 3) Description of the innovation; and 4) Impact.


A single poster’s dimensions cannot exceed 8 x 4 ft (width and height, respectively). We are not accepting electronic posters; please refer to the video submission guidelines for alternative presentation formats.

Important! At least one presenter must be registered to present at the Poster Crawl on Day 1 of the SIM Expo.

2) Research Presentations

New this year! In response to requests from our community for more research content at the Expo, we are introducing this new format. Presenters will have 15 minutes at the podium to present their research papers.

We are only accepting research presentations under the Simulation Research stream. To present work on simulation program development, implementation or innovation, please consider one of the other formats.

Submitting Your Abstract

Structured abstracts for research projects must include: 1) Background; 2) Research question/hypothesis; 3) Method; 4) Results; and 5) Conclusion.

3) Simulation-in-Action

Show off your best SIM scenario or homemade simulator! During the highly interactive Simulation in Action (SiA) event, all conference participants rotate among a number of 15-minute simulation stations. This is an opportunity to demonstrate the creativity and innovation of presenters, and allow other participants to experience how simulations unfold.

The SiA series is about showing, not telling. We accept manikin-based scenarios, standardized patient scenarios, moulage, team crises, and hybrids. Computer-based or virtual simulations should apply as a Virtual Showcase demo (below).

Submitting Your Abstract

Please clearly describe: 1) The rationale/objectives of your innovation; 2) The simulation itself; 3) How the demonstration will work; 4) What participants will experience; and 5) All onsite equipment required.


Please be mindful of the 15-minute timeframe for each SiA, and that it will be presented 6-8 times as different groups of participants rotate around.

If you do not have all of the necessary equipment for your presentation, or if it is not feasible for you to bring it to the Expo, please let us know and we will assist to the best of our ability. We may be able to coordinate with an industry exhibitor to loan equipment for use.

SIM-one is unable to supply any resources beyond electric outlet, table/chairs, internet access and A/V projectors/screens. Requested equipment must be restricted to support the SiA (not a didactic slide presentation). All resources are subject to availability.

4) Virtual Showcase

The Virtual Showcase is an opportunity to demonstrate virtual patients, serious games, virtual reality, and other computer-based simulations.

This year we will run the virtual showcase differently than previous years. First, we will have rapid-fire podium presentations (maximum 5 minutes and 5 slides!) about each simulation, then each presenter will set up at a designated space in the plenary room and delegates will have the opportunity to circulate among presenters to experience the simulations that most interest them.

Presenters must bring at least one computer to allow participants to see and/or try out the simulation.

Submitting Your Abstract

Abstracts must include: 1) Rationale/impetus for the simulator; 2) Learning objectives; 3) Description of the simulation; and 4) Summary of usage/evaluation.


SIM-one will supply tables, chairs, electrical outlets, and internet access. Any additional equipment (including display screens) is the responsibility of the presenter. Presenters must supply computer(s), screens (optional), extension cords, speakers, and all other necessary equipment.

5) Video Screening

Videos allow presenters to provide more insights into their innovation, or show aspects of their innovation that can’t be presented live. Videos will be screened in a designated viewing area. They are also included in the Poster Crawl. Videos must be five minutes or less.

Submitting Your Abstract

Please follow the same guidelines as for Poster Presentations, as above.


Presenters will be provided with a table for setup and access to power. Presenters must bring their own laptop with the video ready to play. Portable speakers are recommended.

Important! At least one presenter must be registered to present their video on Day 1 of the SIM Expo during the poster crawl.

6) Breakout Workshops

The diversity of workshops offered at the Expo is always appreciated by participants. Workshops allow participants to engage with presenters in a small group setting. To allow for more flexibility, we are accepting workshop lengths of 90 minutes or 45 minutes.

Posters are accepted for both the research and the implementation & innovation streams. All abstracts must be structured.

90 minutes: Submissions should be highly interactive and topical to the SIM-one community. They should include immersive and hands-on/brains-on experiences.

40 minutes: Submissions should present an overview of a basic or emerging topic/concepts, or present a completed simulation or project (e.g. discussing a curriculum, a new simulation event, etc.). We will try to pair similarly themed topics.

Submitting Your Abstract

Abstracts must include: 1) A background/rationale; 2) A description of what will happen during the workshop, with emphasis on interactive components; and 3) 2-3 learning objectives (“by the end of this workshops participants will be able to…”). Handouts and materials for distribution are encouraged.


Workshops must be at least 25 per cent (ideally more) interactive. Examples may include: participatory games or simulations; facilitated discussions; individual or small group work; etc.

SIM-one can provide a screen, projector, flipchart, and internet connection. All other resources must be supplied by the presenters.

via Ex Ordo submission system

Questions & Help

If you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact Nicole Fung via expo@SIM-one.ca.