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Simulation Program
Simulation Program

Simulation Program

The Simulation Program at the Hospital For Sick Children is an ever expanding diverse collaborative that has been in formal operation since 2009.  The program consists of an impressive network that includes a Simulation Centre, three Satellite units, as well as in-situ and outreach simulation.

Through the support of a unique interprofessional steering committee, the Simulation Program provides procedural skills training, as well as, individual and team training for clinical and non-clinical learners.  A team of Simulation Educators support Simulation Instructors by assisting with scenario development, matching learning objectives with appropriate simulation modality and providing professional development opportunities featuring simulation-enhanced education.  In 2013, the Simulation Program became Accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

Role in Learning 

The Simulation Program develops and delivers high quality simulation-enhanced education for staff, students, and academic trainees.  By providing engaging learning opportunities, professional development and skill enhancement, the program enables learners and educators from a variety of clinical areas at SickKids.  Our close link with the Learning Institute’s Education Research team ensures evidence based simulation-enhanced education and innovation within the field.

Program Goals

Interprofessional Education Goals

The SickKids Simulation Program strives to deliver quality education that is:

    1. Focused on facilitating learning and enhancing performance
    2. Relevant to the level of learner and appropriately contextualized
    3. Based on current evidence, up-to-date technology and reflects the highest standards in education development and delivery
    4. Accessible to all learners
    5. Supported through a safe learning environment
    6. Efficient
    7. Innovative
    8. Supportive of enhancing interprofessional education/practice

Scholarship and Research Goals

The SickKids Simulation Program strives to build theory-based educational innovations in simulation:

    1. Using simulation as a method to better understand how healthcare professionals learn for the purpose of theory building and development of innovations in simulations
    2. Understanding both planned and emergent outcomes and processes in simulation programming for the purpose of program improvement and knowledge building
    3. Testing and advancing the use of technology and space to support education and patient care

Patient Safety Goals

The SickKids Simulation Program strives to enhance patient safety by:

    1. Providing high-quality interprofessional education opportunities, designed to enhance the delivery of safe and competent care in paediatric practice
    2. Ensuring the translation of patient safety principles, practices, behaviors, and attitudes
    3. Conducting system-based practice and identifying latent threats through in-situ simulation
    4. Consulting with patients and families in the development of simulation activities
    5. Supporting the principles of High Reliability Organization

Key Contacts

Emily Louca
Education Manager
Education Resource Group,
Learning Institute,
The Hospital For Sick Children
(416) 813-8912


Carrie Mendolia
Administrative Assistant
Education Resource Group,
Learning Institute,
The Hospital For Sick Children
(416) 813-7654 ext. 228772
 

Rafael Velasquez
Simulation Specialist
Education Resource Group,
Learning Institute,
The Hospital for Sick Children
(416) 813-7654 ext. 228054
 

Jennifer Knabl
Simulation Specialist
Education Resource Group,
Learning Institute,
The Hospital for Sick Children
(416) 813-7654 ext. 228120


Alison Dodds
Simulation Educator
Education Resource Group,
Learning Institute,
The Hospital For Sick Children
(416) 813-7654 ext. 228047
 

Seona Skeaff
Simulation Educator
Education Resource Group,
Learning Institute,
The Hospital For Sick Children
(416) 813-7654 ext. 228335