2019 National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety

Presented in collaboration with:

May 28, 2019
Paetzold Auditorium - Jim Pattison Pavilion South, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC

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.



In addition to the leading-edge speakers and presenters listed below, expect dedicated networking time to connect with other leaders, stakeholders and experts so you can learn from their successes.

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Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce this year's joint keynote from Alberta Health Services and Seattle Children's Hospital!

"Are we together?" Healthcare Systems Simulation

Mirette Dubé RRT MSc
eSIM Consultant & Foothills Medical Centre Site Lead, Alberta Health Services
KidSIM Research Coordinator, University of Calgary
SIM for Life, Uganda

Jennifer Reid MD
Associate Medical Director of Simulation, Seattle Children's Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine

Innovation & Impact Presentations

These national leaders will share a brief overview of their work with simulation and its impact on care quality and patient safety. Afterwards, there is time for delegates to meet and discuss initiatives with presenters.

Enhanced Simulation of Critical care and Peri-operative Emergencies (ESCAPE): A rural in-situ simulation program Bruce McKnight; University of British Columbia Office of Continuing Professional Development
Getting to the root of the problem: Using simulation to improve error discovery, generate unique strategies for improvement and optimize interventions after adverse events Anna-Theresa Lobos; Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Family Information Services Centre (FISC) for a mass casualty emergency: Policy testing and gap analysis Christine Léger; Unity Health Toronto, ON
A Piece of the puzzle: Using simulation as part of a safety event review process to test a recommendation before implementation Christina Toppozini & Shirley Roddick; Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Saving lives… one - or more - transfusions at a time Sophie Audet & Josée Berends; Institut du savoir Montfort, ON
Lessons learned from using simulation to design and test multiple new clinical spaces in a quaternary hospital Nazanin Khodadoust; Unity Health Toronto, ON
The unintended consequences of the Rural Mobile Simulation Program; Unearthing and fixing latent safety threats Helen Clugston, Interior Health, BC & Karen Schafer, Vancouver Coastal Health, BC
Stayin’ alive: Using simulation to improve confidence and skills in ward staff during a code blue Chelsea Holmes & Robyn Bert; Royal Inland Hospital, BC
Role-playing difficult safety conversations among staff through simulation Ivanka Hanley & Brenda Perkins-Meingast; University Health Network, ON
Rural trauma room redesign: Using sim and existing resources to root out the problems and test the fixes Michelle Connell; Vancouver Coastal Health, BC
Diagnostic translational simulation of a patient care escalation policy before hospital-wide roll out Nazanin Khodadoust & Christine Léger; Unity Health Toronto, ON
Stressing the system: using multistage interdisciplinary in situ simulation of critical events to test new and existing hospital systems and identify latent safety threats Christa Dakin; Vancouver General Hospital, BC
Development and implementation of an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) simulation program at the St Paul’s emergency department Jeanne Macleod; St. Paul's Hospital, BC
Simulations and the BC Patient Safety & Learning System Darin Abbey; Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning, BC
How telesim is finding and fixing latent safety threats: An evaluation of the after-effects of of telesim Shannon Chestnut; Vancouver Coastal Health, BC
Plan B and beyond: Using simulation to validate contingency plans for code pink obstetrics emergencies Emily Rose; Vancouver Coastal Health, BC


PEARLS for System Integration: A Modified PEARLS Framework for Debriefing System-Focused Simulations

Mirette Dubé, Alberta Health Services & University of Calgary; Jennifer Reid, University of Washington School of Medicine; Karen Schafer, Simulation Strategy, Vancouver Coastal Health; Ashley Keilman, Seattle Children's Hospital

The overall goal of this workshop is to introduce and apply the novel PEARLS for System Integration (PSI) framework, an adaptation of the well-established PEARLS (Promoting Excellence And Reflective Learning in Simulation) debriefing tool. The framework's purpose is to provide debriefers with tools to methodically and proactively uncover systems issues in a system-focused debrief.

Objectives: By the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the rationale for system-focused simulations and debriefing
  • Articulate the key features of the modified PEARLS framework (PSI) and script
  • Integrate and apply the PSI framework and script

Learning from “What Goes Right” - Simulation and Safety-II

Jordan Holmes & Roger Chow; The Michener Institute of Education at UHN

Along with ensuring that “as few things as possible go wrong” (Safety-I), there has been increased focus in healthcare on ensuring that “as many things as possible go right” (Safety-II). This workshop will explore how Safety-II and resilience engineering are informing the way that we think about error in healthcare, and the role that simulation has to play in building system and team resilience.

Objectives: By the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify and contrast features of Safety-I and Safety-II
  • Identify practical applications of Safety-II and resilience engineering in healthcare
  • Outline the role that simulation has in building system and team resilience

Optimizing In Situ Simulation

Shannon Chestnut, Vancouver Coastal Health; Darin Abbey, Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning; JoAnne Slinn & Helen Clugston, Interior Health

This workshop will highlight approaches to optimize simulation occurring in the actual patient environment, which is defined as in situ simulation. Drawing on the collective experience of the BC Simulation Network’s community of practice and the presenters own lived experiences, this workshop will provide participants with opportunity to explore strategies that can be used before, during, and after in situ simulation to improve engagement, effectiveness, safety, accountability, and knowledge translation.

Objectives: By the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe methods to improve in situ simulation engagement and effectiveness
  • Discuss strategies to increase safety and accountability of in situ simulation
  • Identify approaches to advance knowledge translation from in situ simulation

Learning through gameplay; a lesson in low-fidelity, low-technology approaches to simulation

Tricia Swartz and Mike Cass; Canadian Patient Safety Institute

Through an interactive fun-filled, game-infused session, attendees will learn the difference between game play and simulation, while developing an understanding of how to use games as simulation to improve organization educational uptake.

Objectives: By the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of game play and simulation
  • Apply naive games and simulation theory to understand the role of low fidelity, low technology simulation on education efforts
  • Plan for how to incorporate games into local level education efforts

Discussion Panel

Patient-Centred Simulation: Sim By, With and For Patients and Caregivers

Patient-centred simulation is simulation that truly incorporates patient- and family-centred principles. It can look like incorporating the patient voice into scenario design, including the patient as a simulation participant, sims whose target audience are patient and families, sims designed specifically for the unique characteristics of individual patients, or a combination of the above. This interactive session will begin with a brief introduction to patient-centred simulation, followed by a patient panel discussion about current initiatives, challenges and benefits related to planning and implementation, and hopes for the future. Audience participation is highly encouraged.



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

Please view the wayfinding map to naviate to the Auditorium here.

Sponsors & Exhibitors 

This is a unique and affordable event to connect with patient safety and quality improvement leaders! A limited number of exhibit tables will be available.




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Travel & Accommodations

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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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 www.westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online. Use the coupon code L6ZW66A. Travel agents use the promo code WDD70.


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 have been extended until April 26th, 2019.  To reserve your stay, contact Reservations at 604-872-8661; or by email at [email protected].  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