June 11, 2020By Lance Baily

Support of EU Champions: SESAM Launches Nursing Special Interest Group & More

The Society for Simulation in Europe, aka SESAM, is the world’s longest running healthcare simulation organization. Each year the Society hosts a SESAM healthcare simulation conference which in 2019 was supposed to mark the 25th anniversary the event. Sadly of course, the 2020 Milan event was unfortunately postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19, but that has not stopped the SESAM organization from supporting their European community. Here we cover the latest updates from the non-profit organization which includes new interest groups, upcoming live presentations, 2021 event plans and more!


Formerly known as “The Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine”, the mission of the rebranded SESAM organization is to encourage and support the use of simulation in health care for the purpose of training and research. The SESAM constitution shares that the purpose of the registered association is to develop and apply simulation throughout education, research and quality management in medicine and healthcare settings. The society also works to facilitate, exchange and improve upon the technology and knowledge related to healthcare simulation across Europe. In working to achieve these goals, SESAM has established an official open access journal, named Advances in Simulation.

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SESAM is represented by an executive committee and the general assembly. The executive committee members consists of a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer, each of whom is solely authorized to represent SESAM. Office holders are elected for two years and can be re-elected once.

Each year, the annual Simulation Meeting provides an opportunity to see the latest medical simulation products from leading manufacturers like CAE Healthcare, Education Management Solutions, VirtaMed, Limbs & Things, SIMStation, Laerdal and more. Learn more about the 2021 meeting plans below.

New Nursing SIG

The SESAM leadership was delighted to announce yesterday about the creation of the SESAM Nursing Special Interest Group: NurSInG! The SESAM Executive Committee reflected with volunteer supporters and KT Waxman, Past President SSH, Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco, and Director of the California Simulation Alliance at the SEASM 2019 event and recognized the need to specifically support Nursing simulation champions in Europe and across the world.

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While the initial plan was to launch the Nursing SIG at the 2020 Milan event, the executive committee wanted to push through the challenges and have started to support the development of additional resources specific to nursing educators. Nursing SIG Chair Alvaro Clemente Vivancos said about the new SIG, we are excited to launch this new group to gather together to safely share our passions and experiences — like a family!”

Lou Oberndorf Online Lecture Series

Attendees of previous SESAM Annual Meetings will be familiar with the Lou Oberndorf keynote speakers who are chosen for their International standing and their ability to challenge and inform on topics that are particularly pressing for the international medical simulation community. Although the organization will sadly not meet this year due to COVID-19, the non-profit’s leadership are very grateful to Lou for his continued and generous support which will allow them to bring three special “Lou Oberndorf Online Lecture Series” presentations..

This series of three lectures will begin on June 17th (13:00 GMT) with a presentation by Dr. Professor Debra Nestel PhD, FSSH on “Superiority, Bias and Scholarship in Healthcare Simulation”. Dr. Nestel shared about the presentation saying “In 2020, a conflation of very weighty events is prompting deep reflection on many facets of our lives. Whether Brexit, bushfires, refugee crises, the coronavirus pandemic or the death of George Floyd… these events are impacting the healthcare simulation community. In this lecture, I’ll share reflections of my own and others’ practices. While I’ll describe some recent advances, I’ll identify areas where I think we can do better – areas where superiority and bias loom large. Finally, I’ll invite attendees to commit to making at least a small change in their simulation practice to eliminate or counter current limitations.”

SESAM 2021: Seville, Spain

The SESAM executive committee has continued their plans for the 26th SESAM annual meeting in Seville, Spain on the 14th-16th of April 2021. The early bird pricing for the 2021 event will run from July 1st – November 20th, with significant discounts offered for SESAM members. The SESAM Scientific Committee has made the decision to carry over the record breaking number of accepted abstracts to this new meeting date and location and all presenters should now have received an invitation to confirm their intention to join us at this meeting.

Rapid Large Scale Training During COVID-19

Dr. Cristina Diaz-Navarro and her colleagues Dr. Paul Frost and Dr. John Dunne gave a fascinating presentation last month on the topic of rapid large scale simulation training for combating the coronavirus.

Advances in Simulation Journal Update From Editor Dr. Gabriel Reedy

Editor in Chief of Advances in Simulation, Dr Gabriel Reedy recently shared information about Publons development. Advances in Simulation, the academic journal for SESAM, publishes peer-reviewed research on simulation in healthcare from Europe and around the world. It couldn’t exist without our community engaging with the process of peer review, to ensure that research is of the highest quality and calibre and that it contributes to the science of simulation. Until recently, however, the work of peer review was largely unappreciated—the only people who know about your work as a reviewer are you and the editors.

Now BMC, part of SpringerNature, the publisher of Advances in Simulation, has joined forces with Publons, which supports the public verification and publishing of the work that the scientific community does to enable peer-reviewed academic journals to exist. Publons lets reviewers choose to opt-in to a report of their work, tying it in to their existing online profiles through their ORCiD. This process makes the traditionally unrecognised and unpaid work of peer review—necessary as it is for scientific advancement—publicly recognised. The editorial team of Advances in Simulation is happy to support this development.

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