National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety

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New! Date announced for 2019 National Forum:

May 28, 2019
Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC

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Simulation is revolutionizing approaches to patient safety and quality improvement in healthcare.

The Forum is a truly unique event that highlights applications of simulation, and evidence for its effectiveness, to advance patient safety and quality improvement efforts.

The primary audience for this conference is healthcare agency leadership and patient safety or quality improvement officers who wish to better understand how simulation-based approaches are meaningfully improving organizational reliability, culture, safety and care quality.

Registration information coming soon!

Call for Presentations

There is no formal call for abstracts for the Forum, but we are looking for those who are doing leading-edge work with simulation in the clinical setting who would like to share their achievements. This could include (but isn't limited to):

  • simulations to address a known safety or quality gap
  • testing potential interventions to address a gap using simulation
  • further examining suspected safety/quality gaps with simulations
  • supplementing root cause analyses
  • simulations to test new processes or procedures for latent errors
  • human factors analyses
  • simulations during the design and building of clinical spaces
  • testing for improvement needs for existing clinical spaces
  • on-boarding new staff
  • just-in-time training
  • skills refreshers
  • in-situ simulations

Given the focus of this conference, we generally do not include presentations on simulation used in the undergraduate, pre-licensure, or post-graduate setting to improve skills or patient safety.

If you have an idea for a presentation, please contact Tim Willett via as soon as possible!

Also Consider the WCHSE Conference!

It's simulation season in British Columbia! For an even richer simulation learning experience, pair your trip to the Forum with attendance at the Western Canada Health Sciences Educators (WCHSE) annual conference - which includes much content on simulation - the week prior. The WCHSE conference runs May 23-24, 2019, at UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC.

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This year's National Forum is generously hosted by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Clinical Education - Regional Simulation Program, at the Paetzold Auditorium of Vancouver General Hospital.


Promote your products and services to an intimate audience of patient safety and quality improvement leaders! A limited number of exhibit tables will be available. Details coming soon.

Travel & Accommodations

AIR TRAVEL:  WestJet discounts of 5% off Econo and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada, and 2% off Econo, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling trans-border into and out of Vancouver. To take advantage of this offer, visit to make a booking online. Use the coupon code L6ZW66A. Travel agents use the promo code WDD70.

HOTEL: We have secured preferred rates at the Park Inn by Radisson, located within 5 minutes of the Vancouver General Hospital.  Rates available for May 27 and 28, 2019 and are as follows (single/double occupancy): 

Standard Room - $259.00/night + 16% tax or View Room - $269.00/night + 16% tax. 

Check in time is 4:00 pm and check out time Is 12:00 pm. Guests will be required to provide photo identification and a method of payment in order to check in.  

Rates available until April 12th, 2019.  To reserve your stay, contact Reservations at 604-872-8661; or by email at  Must quote SIMONE2019 to access rate and availability.

Previous Forums

The 2018 National Forum, held on June 12th in Toronto, Ontario, was a huge success! Now in its fourth year, this unique 1-day conference highlights the many roles simulation can play to advance patient safety and quality at the point of care delivery and celebrates achievements in Canada.

Access summaries and presentations from past events here:

2018  |  2017  |  2016