Canada’s SIM Expo 2019 Focuses on Cultural & Psychological Safety in Clinical Simulation

Timothy Willett, MD MMEd, President & CEO at Simulation Canada recently wrote in to HealthySimulation.com to share more about the 2019 SIM Expo taking place October 21-22 in Montreal. Join Canada’s passionate, interprofessional healthcare simulation community and world-leading experts at the 2019 SIM Expo! SIM Expo continues to be the largest interprofessional and multidisciplinary simulation conference in Canada and they are excited to bring it to Montréal for 2019!

Tim shared that “each year, the SIM Expo brings together healthcare leaders in university, college, hospital, emergency services, and community care sectors. Our participants are deans, administrators, educators, clinicians, SIM centre managers and directors, and researchers from all health professions. Most participants are Canadian but it is an open conference and each year we are honored to host some international participants.”

This year’s event will highlight critical issues in medical simulation including cultural awareness. Maintaining a safe space for practice, vulnerability, learning and feedback is essential in simulation. Reflecting this year’s SIM Expo theme, Interculturalism: Identity and Safety in Simulation, we are excited by the focus on building cultural and psychological safety – both within and via simulations – that is emerging.


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The keynote speaker lineup includes:

  • Nicole Harder: Building the Bridge: The First Steps to Creating a Psychologically and Culturally Safe Simulation
  • Jenny Rudolph: Easy to say but hard to do: Establishing and maintaining psychological safety in simulation and debriefing
  • Patty Chabbert & Louise Moir: Biigiiweyan: Simulation for Indigenous Cultural Safety

In addition to the keynotes, there are several sessions on the program that focus on creating cultural and psychological safety within simulations or via simulation, including some with a focus on Indigenous health.

The full program is now available and includes:

  • 3 world-leading keynote presentations
  • 15 practical, engaging workshops
  • 14 live demonstrations of innovative sim scenarios, curricula, tools, VR, AR and serious games
  • 20 presentations of emerging research findings and best practices
  • 31 posters summarizing research, innovations and impact
  • Structured networking and community of practice gatherings
  • Exhibits from leading and new simulation vendors
  • A few surprises!

Certainly this is Canada’s premiere clinical simulation event!


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What makes SIM Expo special?

The SIM Expo prides in its strong culture of networking, building relationships, and uniting the simulation community. It is a hybrid of academic conference, peer and expert networking event, and industry exhibition. Year after year, participants comment on the atmosphere of collegiality and collaboration. The annual conference allows participants to connect directly with peers, experts and future collaborators in healthcare simulation.

In 2018, 98% of participants said they would recommend SIM Expo to a colleague. Join them in Montreal this October for a unique, collaborative, valuable and affordable sim conference!

About the SIM Expo Host Organizations

SIM-one and the Canadian Network for Simulation in Healthcare (CNSH) have joined forces to build a strong and united interprofessional, cross-sector network for the advancement of simulation in healthcare. They are a not-for-profit organization that connects the simulation community, facilities, and resources across Canada and beyond. The organization advocates for and advance simulated learning in health professions education for the benefit of patient care and safety.

Join with them to engage with our passionate community, contribute to the advancement of simulation, receive discounts on our events, courses and services, connect with our community and experts, receive exclusive news, notices and tips, access grants and funding opportunities, and more.

They offer advanced educational training and simulationist certification, including the Keystones of Healthcare Simulation and Mastering the Artistic Side of Clinical Simulation (MASCS) certificate programs.

In addition, the group hosts a number of free, online services that are open to simulationists and health professionals across the globe. This includes the SIM Scenario ExchangeTM for peer-reviewed simulation scenarios and tools, the SIM MarketplaceTM for the buying and selling of gently-used simulation equipment, the SIM Product Directory, and more.

They are also the proud host behind Canada’s premier healthcare simulation events, the annual SIM Expo (their flagship conference) and the National Forum on Simulation for Quality and Safety discussed above.

Learn More About the 2019 SIM Expo!


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