A Look Ahead: 2021 Healthcare Simulation Conferences and Events
After a year of healthcare simulation conference cancellations and virtual adaptations, many organizations and associations have postponed their events until 2021. Additionally, a number of clinical simulation conferences will continue as planned for the new year, although many will be held virtually online. Regardless of the method of presentation, these clinical simulation events present an exciting opportunity for simulationists across the world to come together in the hopes of sharing information and insights, and leading the field into the next level of utilization. Here below are some of the medical simulation conferences 2021 that we are most excited about!
The following conferences may still be affected by COVID-19 disruptions:
The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS) hosts a number of events each year. This year, the SimGHOSTS 2021 annual conference will be hosted by the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation from Aug. 3 to Aug. 6 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ahead of this event, SimGHOSTS is calling for abstracts for presentations, demonstrations and workshops that show how exploration, discovery, growth and engagement are being used to advance healthcare simulation.
In terms of COVID-19 accommodations, SimGHOSTS expressed that, “We will do our best to deliver face-to-face as well as virtual attendance options for this event. If circumstances are such that it is not safe to have face-to-face attendance the event will be fully virtual, with full refunds or transfers of registrations available.”
SimGHOSTS also plans to host two additional events, a SimGHOSTS X one-day Event (the eXpress SimGHOSTS experience) in Memphis, Tennessee; and SimGHOSTS Australia in Melbourne, Australia. Dates for these events have not yet been announced, but will be updated on the SimGHOSTS website when dates are known.
The Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) will host the SESAM Virtual Annual Meeting from April 14 to April 16. This is SESAM’s first online meeting, and will offer members and the wider clinical simulation community a unique opportunity to gather virtually. The conference will allow all those working in the field of healthcare simulation to hear from leading international practitioners in a safe learning environment. This simulation conference will further enable others to join online from anywhere in the world to catch up on the latest healthcare simulation practices in Europe.
SESAM’s scientific committee has worked hard to put together an inspiring program which will include timely keynote lectures, along with a selection of educational workshops to share the science from the postponed meeting. The event will also introduce new healthcare simulation content developed specifically for our additional COVID-19 track. SESAM’s committee is working to add additional sessions to the program that take particular advantage of our virtual simulation platform for what promises to be a content-rich, but also very social, three-day program.
The 2021 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) annual healthcare conference will be a hybrid learning experience that offers both in-person and virtual participation options. The in-person element of the conference will take place from June 16 to June 19 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado; and the virtual component will grant online access from June 16 to July 15. During the in-person hybrid conference, some activities will take place in-person, while others will be live-streamed or recorded to be accessed by the virtual participants. Additionally, some sessions will remain available only as virtual content.
Note: In-person registrants will have access to all virtual content, and some content will be exclusive to those who participate in the in-person event. Virtual registrants will have the option to earn 10 or 20 Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credits. Full-conference in-person registrants will have access to approximately 17 credits at the event and all virtual content, which will include the opportunity to earn approximately 30 CNE. Each day, registrants will have access to content presented in-person on that particular day. The number of credits available to one-day registrants varies based on the day for which they choose to register.
The theme for the 2021 International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) conference is “Emotion, Inspiration and Creativity: Pathways to Global Health Quality,” and will be held from July 8 to July 11 in Florence, Italy. Attendees will join over 1,500 medical and healthcare professionals from over 80 countries for this “quality in healthcare” simulation conference. As part of the conference’s theme, ISQua chose to discuss three key essential components of the renaissance: emotion, inspiration and creativity. The organization believes these will be the pathway to global health quality.
Typically, CAE Healthcare’s largest Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN); the Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER); the SIM Expo; New Zealand Association for Simulation in Healthcare (NZASH); the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH UK); and the International Pediatric Society for Simulation (IPSS) host conferences throughout the year as well. No conference dates have been announced to date, but HealthySimulation.com will check with the organizations to make sure when any information is available for these events, it can be relayed to the greater simulation community.
Other Upcoming 2021 Simulation Conferences Include:
- National League for Nursing Virtual Scholarly Writing Retreat: An NLN Mentoring Program – January 9-10, virtual
- Virtual International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare 2021 (IMSH) by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) (In person event cancelled) – January 19th – March 31, 2021, Online
- CALSIM Inaugural Simulation Conference – April 9-10, Virtual
- HFES International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care – April 12-16, virtual
- Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) Virtual Annual Conference – April 14-16, virtual
- Australasian Simulation Congress – May 4-7 in Brisbane, Australia
- IHI Patient Safety Congress – May 11-13 in San Diego, California
- Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) – June 12-16 in Orlando, Florida
- International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Hybrid 2021 Event – June 16-19 in Denver and Virtually Online
- Serious Play Conference – June 22-25, Virtual
- Association for Standardized Patient Educators Annual Conference (ASPE) – June 27-30, La Jolla, California
- International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) – July 8-11 in Florence Italy
- UK Patient Safety Congress – July 12-13 in Manchester Central, United Kingdom
- SimGHOSTS USA – August 3-6, Fort Wayne, Indiana
- EMS Today The JEMS Conference and Exhibition – August 24-27, San Antonio, Texas
- European Society of Anaesthesiology Patient safety Policy Summit – December 17-19 in Munich
- SimGHOSTS-X One Day Event – Date TBD in 2021, UTHSC Memphis, Tennessee
- SimGHOSTS Australia – Date TBD in 2021, Melbourne, Australia
- FDA Public Workshop on Simulation Practices in Health – Date TBD in 2021, Silver Spring, Maryland
- SimONE SIM Expo – Dates TBD in 2021 in Toronto, Canada
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.