May 2, 2024By Erin Carn Bennett

SIMPACT’s May Conference in Pakistan and Kenya Showcases New Healthcare Simulation Horizons

Healthcare simulation based education revolutionizes the landscape of health education. With offers of immersive and experiential educational opportunities that enhance skills, elevate knowledge, and ultimately improve patient care outcomes. With this innovation and collaboration in mind, the Aga Khan University’s Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME) presents SIMPACT 2024 the first ever international conference in Pakistan and Kenya, dedicated to harnessing the power of clinical simulation based education for a safe and more skilled future for healthcare, taking place this Month! As a non-profit media partner, is excited to support this inaugural event!

Welcome to SIMPACT: New Horizons in Clinical Simulation

SIMPACT is scheduled from May 20th to 21st, 2024 and promises a dynamic platform for a diverse community of clinical simulation professionals. Some of the professionals in mind include: students, educators, experts, and industry leaders. These attendees come together with a shared mission to advance patient care and to promote patient safety through clinical simulation. With a hybrid format there is a blend of in person events at the Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME) in both Karachi, Pakistan, and Nairobi, Kenya. There are also virtual participation options as SIMPACT supports global accessibility and inclusivity.

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Day one of the conference is described as the inaugural day. The inaugural day one of SIMPACT sets the stage for an immersive journey into the world of healthcare simulation. Attendees are greeted with registrations, which marks the start of a transformative experience. From there, participants have the opportunity to engage in a myriad of pre conference workshops held concurrently in Karachi and Nairobi, which cover a number of healthcare simulation topics.

Conference Workshops Delve into Specialties Such as:

  • Resuscitation of Newborns: Insights and Intervention for Survival
  • Workshop on Perimortem Cesarean Section
  • From Theory to Practice: Build Confidence in Pediatric Procedures
  • Cardiac Simulation Workshop
  • Workshop on Fidelity and Moulage
  • Interprofessional Simulation Workshop
  • Essentials of Laparoscopic Skills
  • Management of Common Dermatological Disorders in a Primary Care Setup
  • Code Sepsis: A hands-on approach to save lives
  • All the briefs: Pre-brief, Debrief and Meta Debrief
  • Research and Publication: The Essentials offers hands-on learning experiences facilitated by renowned experts in their respective fields.

To build on the success of the 2023 Healthcare Simulation Week, SIMPACT is introducing an educational highlight of an Escape Room this year. Designed by a team of seasoned educators and technical specialists, this simulated team challenge environment tests the skills of healthcare professionals under pressure and fosters critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving abilities.

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Another highlight of day one is the Joint Director Session titled “Simulation 360”. This session offers participants a holistic view of clinical simulation based education. Led by esteemed directors Dr. Faisal Ismail and Dr. Michael Moneypenny, this hybrid session transcends geographical boundaries. Both directors will conduct the workshop simultaneously from Karachi and Nairobi. From pre-brief to immersive clinical simulation scenarios and clinical simulation debrief, participants gain invaluable insights from the collective expertise and experiences of these healthcare simulation pioneers.

As day one draws to a close, participants will gather for a dinner and networking event. This creates an atmosphere of collaboration and camaraderie. Attendees have the opportunity to explore multiple vendor stalls that will showcase cutting-edge clinical simulation technologies. From virtual reality simulators to high-fidelity manikins, these exhibits offer a glimpse into the future of clinical simulation based learning. This aims to inspire innovation and sparks conversations about the transformative potential of these advancements in healthcare education.

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Day two will begin with opening remarks from the day prior and set the stage for a day with insightful exchanges and invaluable educational opportunities. The keynote address will be by Dr Robert Armstrong: “Navigating New Frontiers: Simulation-Based Medical Education in Modern Healthcare”. This inaugural session of day two led by Dr Robert Armstrong pledges to delve into the latest advancements and strategies to shape contemporary medical education.

Real-life Healthcare Simulation Experiences from LMIC’s (Hybrid)

Transition then occurs to a session designed to bridge the chasm between theory and practice for in situ clinical simulation experiences. There will also be a panel discussion titled: “Building Blocks for Successful Simulation Programs in Healthcare in LMIC”. This panel discussion aims to discuss foundational elements in order to deliver impactful healthcare simulation initiatives, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Another keynote address on offer by Dr James M. Cooke, M.D. is: “Innovation and the Future of Simulation-Based Medical Education”.

Abstract Oral and Poster Presentations:

One of the most highly anticipated events on the agenda for day two is the abstract showcase for both oral and poster presentations. This showcase serves as a platform to celebrate the scholarly endeavors of the SIMPACT community and allows attendees to gain insights into the innovative research and projects undertaken in healthcare simulation. These abstracts provide an invaluable opportunity for participants to share their findings, exchange ideas, and inspire others. The abstract showcase also serves as a forum to recognize excellence, with the best oral and poster presentations will be awarded in both Nairobi and Karachi.

Karachi and Nairobi Simulation Networks Launch will be delivered by Aga Khan University’s President and Provost. As the day draws to a close, anticipation underscores the moment attendees await the AKU’s President and Provost’s addresses, which promises to chart the course for the future trajectory of SIMPACT’s collective endeavors.

After the ceremony of Karachi and Nairobi Simulation Networks, Awards for the Best Oral and Poster Presentation and winners of Escape Room will be awarded. More than just a conference, SIMPACT serves as a launch pad for attendees at every stage of their professional journey. For students and professionals SIMPACT offers a platform to enhance skills, build confidence, and prepare for a future where clinical simulation is integral to healthcare excellence.

For educators and leaders, SIMPACT provides an opportunity to discover transformative educational methods, explore cutting-edge technologies, and build robust simulation programs that empower learners. And for the broader healthcare community, SIMPACT showcases the tangible impact of simulation on patient care outcomes, safety standards, and overall healthcare quality. As participants embark on this transformative journey, they are poised to make meaningful contributions to patient care and safety and drive positive change in their respective spheres of influence.

View the SIMPACT Website to Learn More & Register Today!

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