November 1, 2017By Lance Baily

S3: Asia’s First Multi-Organizational Healthcare Simulation Conference Opens in Singapore

The inaugural S3 Conference launched today, bringing together thought​ leaders and cutting-edge ideas from three renowned simulation organizations to one place with the event located in Singapore General Hospital Campus, Singapore.

Hosted by the SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS), the S3 Conference 2017 is jointly organized with Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) and The Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS). This international tripartite part​nership will provide participating healthcare simulation teams with the best learning and networking opportunities with leading experts worldwide.

The S3 Conference aims to be at the pulse of Asia’s medical simulation industry and to lead the transformation of simulation in the region and beyond. ​

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Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health Singapore was appreciated as guest of honor during the opening Ceremonies with the introductary speech by Co-organizer SingHealth Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef, Director, SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS) and Senior Consultant, Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital. Her speech was so brilliant we have shared the entirety of it here:

Dr. Lateef’s Opening Remarks:

On behalf of my two co-organizing chairpersons; Mr Lance Baily, Founder and Executive Director, SIMGHOSTS, from the United States; Mrs Sigrun Anna Qvindesland, representing SESAM from Europe; and the organizing committee, I would like to warmly welcome all of you to the Opening Ceremony of the inaugural S3 Collaborative Simulation Conference.

Over the past 50 years, new ideas and innovations in medical simulation have sharpened and refined the way we train healthcare professionals. The S3 Conference was conceived as a platform to share this growing pool of knowledge among fellow practitioners.

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Themed “At the Crossroads of Simulation: Bringing the World Together”, the Conference builds on the foundational concept of collaboration. It is the first of its kind to be helmed by three renowned medical simulation institutes – SIMS from Singapore, SESAM from Europe, and SimGHOSTS from the United States.

Across continents and boundaries, we converge here in Singapore; sharing our best practices and discovering solutions to complex issues together. This global partnership aims to provide us with a comprehensive worldview of the present and future of medical simulation, enabling us to push the frontiers of patient safety.

Today, simulation has evolved to include a wide array of applications from undergraduate and post graduate healthcare professional training, to faculty development and community as well as lifelong learning. Scenario-based learning, high performance teams training, virtual and augmented reality training, e-learning and use of standardized patients have become integral elements of healthcare education today.

Over the next 2.5 days, delegates will be presented with a wide range of learning opportunities, with over 50 workshops and plenaries, covering 8 simulation speciality tracks – all aimed to supplement existing training practices. Renowned experts in the medical simulation field will also share some of the latest technological advances. 

We are very honored to have with us three keynote speakers – Mr Bruce Liang, Dr Peter Dieckmann and Assistant Professor Scott B. Crawford, who each brings with them a wealth of experience in the field of medical simulation and research. I believe that we will benefit greatly from their sessions.

I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight and recommend a few interesting tracks. One of which is the “Assessment Using Simulation” track, where Mrs Sigrun Anna Qvindesland and Dr Ralf Krage will be leading a workshop called, “Evaluating Simulation Initiatives – the Narnia Wardrobe”. The session explores how feedback and results from simulation sessions can be used to improve work processes and the way we deliver care to patients.

Another track is the “Interprofessional Education (IPE)” track – in particular, the session conducted by an interprofessional team from the Singapore General Hospital, to share their experience in setting up an IPE workshop using in situ simulation, and how it has improved knowledge retention and teamwork.

S3 offers an exciting platform for networking and partnerships, educational opportunities, research collaborations, technological exposures and many more, across local, regional and even international organizations and institutions.

In closing, I would like to share a quote by American writer and futurist, Alvin Toffler that I find relevant to the educational landscape today: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” We might be familiar with what it means to “learn” and “relearn”, but not “unlearn”.

Unlearning does not require us to toss out all the knowledge and skills that we have acquired thus far. What it asks of us is to stay open to different ways of accomplishing things; to acquire new knowledge and skills. This is precisely what education stands for and I hope that the Conference will ignite our passion to constantly review, re-engineer and reinvent the way we work and teach.

These are exciting times for the medical simulation community. We are at a crossroads; a turning point that could have a significant impact on learners under our care. It is my hope that this thought will continue to guide our learning and teaching, so that we can be equipped to foster a new generation of future-ready healthcare professionals.

I would like to thank Senior Minister of State for Health Dr Lam for taking the time to grace today’s opening ceremony. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the organizing committee and to commend the Secretariat for their strong and invaluable support, as well as our speakers and facilitators for taking the time to join us and sharing your wisdom and expertise with us. For our foreign delegates, do take some time to enjoy the sights and tastes of our unique multicultural society, and I hope you have an enjoyable stay in Singapore. I wish all of you a fruitful conference and let us all ride the Wave of Simulation together. 

Learn more about the S3 event on the SingHealth Website!

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