April 11, 2023By Lance Baily

European Clinical Simulation Conference in June: SESAM 2023 Lisbon

SESAM, the Society for Simulation in Europe, will host their annual conference June 14-16 in Lisbon, Portugal at the Lisbon Congress Center. SESAM 2023 will provide healthcare simulation professionals the opportunity to connect, share new developments in medical simulation research, and explore the latest innovations in healthcare simulation devices from various vendors. The broad mission of SESAM is to encourage the use and proliferation of simulation in healthcare by promoting education and highlighting research that will improve patient safety. HealthySimulation.com is a proud media partner with SESAM and looks forward to covering the event in person this June!

An annual event since 1994, SESAM 2023 will continue the tradition of conducting a high quality conference that gathers healthcare professionals and educators from across Europe. The theme for this year’s conference is “Shaping the Future of Simulation Together” and the organizers of the event aim to accomplish this with a host of incredible keynote speakers, breakout sessions, vendor booths, and workshops centered around medical simulation in Europe.

The Society for Simulation in Europe, SESAM, is an inter-professional community of practice across Europe that strives to advance knowledge, improve quality and promote access to healthcare simulation. The nonprofit’s mission is to improve patient safety and outcomes through the promotion of simulation as a tool for medical and healthcare education. In working to achieve this, the organization is constantly expanding offerings and working to ensure that sim educators and techs everywhere have the tools and knowledge to succeed. Members of SESAM enjoy benefits such as reduced publication fees in the society journal, Advances in Simulation, discounted access to society events such as the annual scientific meeting, access to simulation scenario authoring platform iRIS, as well as the opportunity to gain centre accreditation and access to the society mentoring scheme.

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SESAM’s annual meeting is now approaching its 28th edition, which will be hosted in Lisbon, Portugal, in June 2023. A refreshed programme introduces new themes and topics reflecting the most pressing concerns and questions for the healthcare simulation. Hosted over three days the programme offers access to over 215 hours of content, over 70 scientific workshops, 6 industry workshops, 9 plenary sessions, 2 social events, opportunities to network in the SESAM lounge along with access to a sold-out exhibition where the latest technology and hardware will be showcased. In numbers:

  • 77% increase in abstract submissions for 2023 conference
  • 30% more delegates attending than 2022
  • 50% more scientific content than 2022
  • Representatives of the simulation community from more than 50 countries.
  • SESAM are happy to offer HealthySim audience a 10% discount on registration!

The 3 day conference will begin with the Lou Oberndorf keynote lecture from Nicole Harder, Debra Nestel, and Gabriel Reedy titled “Simulation Research and Scholarship: Reviewing the Literature and Shaping the Future” followed by a morning of over 15 options of workshops or lectures to choose from. Walter Eppich will then lead a hot topic lecture called “Creating a simulation research network in Europe: a new Simulation Education And Research Collaborative in Healthcare (SEARCH)”.

Thursday’s keynote speaker is Dr. Jenny Rudolph who will be delivering a lecture on Creating Psychological Safety in Simulation. Dr. Rudolph is the Senior Director of Innovation at the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston, a Professor of Health Professions Education at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions, and a Lecturer in Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Her work on psychological safety and debriefing is informed by 20 years of research in the contexts of healthcare, sports, nuclear power, and chemical processing. Dr. Rudolph is a Fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, has doctorate in organizational behavior from Boston College, was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and received her B.A. in sociology from Harvard College.

Dr. Rudolph will be accompanied by Dr. Michaela Kolbe. Dr. Kolbe leads the Simulation Center of the University Hospital Zurich. She is Privatdozentin at ETH Zurich, a lecturer for various team, safety and method-​​related topics at several universities, and a simulation educator for clinicians. Her current research interests include the dynamics and promotion of “speaking up”, after-​​action reviews in the clinical setting, and advanced debriefing techniques for simulated-​​based team trainings. Michaela also works as a systemic family therapist and holds a Ph.D. in psychology.

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Dr. Arun Gupta will be the final keynote speaker on Friday and will discuss the role of mixed reality in the future of healthcare simulation. Dr. Gupta is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Cambridge and his research focuses on the effects of injury on brain tissue oxygenation and metabolism, for which he was awarded the Macintosh Professorship by the Royal College of Anaesthetists. More recently his research is focused on the inflammation after traumatic brain injury. Dr Gupta is also supporting a programme of research in Medical Education and Simulation in which he is co- investigating the application of mixed reality technologies in clinical training

Across the 3 day event, SESAM 2023 will feature over 100 sessions or workshops on topics ranging from Designing an Escape Room in Medical Simulation to lessons learned from healthcare simulation and the conflict in Ukraine. Session includes:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) by design: How, when and why to design inequity into simulation in order to address it in the wider world
  • Assessments in Simulation: why do we need them, how to find or develop the right one for our purpose?
  • How to design a cost effective virtual reality scenario: Pitfalls and possibilities
  • Exploring the use of live tissue training in learning to manage surgical trauma
  • Getting more from your sims: harnessing agency formation theory to transform learners practice
  • Setting and maintaining Psychological Safety for learners when addressing unconscious bias and Systemic isms in Simulation
  • SP Feedback Practices: What do we know now? And how can we do better?
  • Creating Immersive 360 Virtual Reality for Mental Healthcare – From Script to Screen
  • How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the inter-professional ice?
  • Employing Virtual Reality for Medical Simulation Training

SESAM 2023 will also feature a variety of exhibitors and sponsorship partners to expose attendees to the latest developments in the healthcare simulation industry.

  • Platinum Partners: 3B Scientific, CAE Healthcare, Gaumard Scientific, Laerdal Medical
  • Gold Partners: BVS Trade, SIMStation, SimX, Nasco Healthcare
  • Silver Partners: Intelligent Ultrasound, Limbs & Things, VR MedicalSIM
  • Additional vendors include: Kyoto Kagaku, LifeCast Body Simulation, TacMed Simulation, SimCharacters, Laparo, Body Interact, and more.

A previous highlight of SESAM conferences that has been absent in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic is SimUniversity. This year, SimUniversity returns in-person and will host teams of 4 students from medical, nursing, and paramedic backgrounds to compete and learn from each other under the supervision of world class clinical simulation experts. The applications for SimUniversity closed earlier this year and the preliminary heats were done virtually in February and March. The finalists were selected to compete in person at the SESAM 2023 event and received free registration to the event.

Over the course of 3 days, each team will be confronted with basic clinical emergency scenarios (e.g. resuscitation, allergic shock, myocardial infarction etc.) using a high-fidelity patient simulator. After every scenario, the team will be debriefed by expert facilitators with a focus on both medical treatment and non-technical skills. The facilitators will identify the winning group based on their performance in the simulated emergency scenarios and the victorious team will be crowned on the final day of the conference.

More About SESAM

Founded in 1993, The Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) aims to develop a sustainable, inter-professional community of practice in Europe to advance knowledge, improve quality, and promote access to healthcare simulation. The vision of SESAM is to enhance healthcare through simulation, ensuring safe, patient-centered care by a competent workforce in a well-functioning healthcare system.

In 2019, SESAM launched the SiReN Research Network, which aims to bring together healthcare professionals interested in specifically simulation research across Europe. The third annual meeting of SiReN will take place in Lisbon at this year’s conference and will give updates on the Advanced Look Exploratory Research Template (ALERT) for the projects performed in 2022. Researchers from all levels and backgrounds are invited to submit their proposal using the ALERT presentation template for future conferences.

Learn More & Register for SESAM 2023 Here!

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