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SimKids Virtual Simulation Symposium

On March 4, 2022, SimKids is hosting a virtual symposium. The aim of the Simulation Symposium is to:

  • Promote the use of simulation to improve hospital systems, processes and spaces to enhance safe, inclusive and effective patient care
  • Build awareness and highlight collaborative simulation activities across the organization
  • Share and generate ideas for synergies and future scholarly work.

Agenda

9 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.: Welcome

9:20am – 10:00am: Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Arnold, M.D., Program Director, Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program (SIMPeds)

  • Pushing the boundaries: The role of healthcare simulation in a brave new world

10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.: Break

10:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Rapid Fire Presentations

Presentors & Topics

  • Seona Dunbar: What’s Wrong with Simon? An Interprofessional Paediatric Virtual Gaming Simulation
  • Jabeen Fayyaz and Mary Woodward: Collaboration between ED and NNL team led by Hotwash Emergency Resuscitation Debriefing Process
  • Sunayna Vuppal and Jennifer Knabl: CIRCLES: Task Trainer Development from Pilot to Program
  • Alison Dodds and Maggie Harkness: Utilizing Tabletop Simulations to Strengthen & Examine Allied Health Roles and Tasks within a TBCM
  • Joshua Ramjist: Penrose Drain Simulator

11:30 a.m. –11:40 a.m.: Break

11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.: Panel Discussion: Integrating EDI to Advance Healthcare Simulation

Panelists:

  • Karen Sappleton 
  • Michael Meguerdichian 
  • Natasha Collia 
  • Pamela Khan 
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12:20 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Close and Evaluation

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Mentoring Sessions

  • Simulation Research – Mentors:  Jabeen Fayyaz and Catharine Walsh
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Mentors:  Linda Nguyen and Elena Blackwood
  • Technology and Equipment – Mentor:  Rafael Velasquez
  • Task Trainer Development – Mentor:  Jennifer Knabl
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Biographies

Keynote Speaker

Program Director, Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program (SIMPeds), Attending Neonatologist Harvard Medical School. 

(Pronouns: She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Arnold is a neonatologist and healthcare simulation leader. She is passionate about the incorporation of simulation into healthcare as a tool to improve patient safety and outcomes. Dr. Arnold is currently the Program Director of a state-of-the-art simulation center at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

Education: Dr. Arnold completed her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Psychology at the University of Miami in Florida. She then completed her medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD and graduated in 2000. She attended a Pediatric Residency Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. During her fellowship in neonatology, she obtained a Master of Science in Medical Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She is Board Certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. She was a NIH postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Safar Center for Resuscitative Medicine from July 2006-July 2007 (NIH Training Grant # T32 HD40686).

Accomplishments: Dr. Arnold has over 20 peer reviewed publications. She has spoken both nationally and internationally on healthcare simulation education and has made numerous inspirational speeches for avenues such as the Texas Conference for Women, Shiners Hospital, March of Dimes and many more. She has received numerous awards including the Ray E. Helfer Award for innovation in medical education from the Academic Pediatric Association, Compassionate Doctor Recognition in 2010, 2011 and Patients' Choice Award for 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 from Vitals.com. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Academic Pediatric Association, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, the Children's Hospital Association, and has served as a national ambassador for Speak Now For Kids.

Media: Dr. Arnold and her husband Bill (and their children Will and Zoey) are featured on TLC's docu-drama, The Little Couple, which follows their personal and professional lives and is now in its 7th season! She has also appeared on television programs including Oprah, The Today Show, GMA, Dr. OZ, The Doctors, Wendy Williams, Anderson Cooper and CNN among others. The show has also proven to be an invaluable method to break down barriers and educate people around the world about people with disabilities.

Rapid Fire Presentors

Simulation & Resuscitation Educator, The Learning Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children

Seona Dunbar completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2008 from The University of Ottawa. She has worked as a registered nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children’s Emergency Department from 2008-2018. Seona was also a paediatric clinical instructor, clinical coordinator and course instructor at The University of Toronto and Pathophysiology course instructor at George Brown College. Upon completing her Masters of Nursing in 2017 from The University of Toronto, Seona joined SickKids’ Learning Institute Education Resource Group as a Simulation & Resuscitation Educator. In this role she runs team training mock codes throughout the hospital and is a part of the Resuscitation Oversight Committee. This committee helps to improve resuscitation education delivery throughout the hospital. She is also a BLS, Friends & Family, First Aid, PALS and PEARS instructor.

Staff Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM), PhD candidate in simulation in HPE at MGH Harvard, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Simulation Educator and SIM staff lead in Resuscitation and Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) Course Director, Resuscitation Lead in PEM, Director, Paediatric Emergency Medicine Clinical Fellowship Program and Accreditation Lead Staff at Learning Institute.

Dr. Jabeen Fayyaz completed her medical training at Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan. She was awarded her Diploma, MCPS and FCPS Pediatrics from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan. Later Completed the Masters in HPE from Aga khan University and currently the PHD candidate in simulation in HPE at MGH Harvard. Dr. Fayyaz was actively involved in the development of the Emergency Medicine program In Pakistan and Oman throughout her career. She developed a virtual blended learning course for the management of acute paediatric emergencies, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia in 2010 run across Aga Khan development network. In Toronto, Canada, Dr. Fayyaz completed her Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Fellowship and Simulation Fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children and facilitates several simulation-based courses including APLS, procedural sedation, acute care resuscitation training for residents , PEM fellows. She has been Resuscitation lead for Competency based medical education program for PEM faculty since 2018 , first of its kind in Canada. She has been Resuscitation Lead in the department and Led various initiative including implementing Acute event debriefing , incorporating Virtual simulation and Virtual gaming simulation into the Residents , fellows and faculty Simulation based educational activities. She has mage partners with various international sim leaders including, INSPIRE, IPSS, SSH and IMPACTS and leading various virtual simulation-based courses with Macmaster, University of Yale, USA and Indus hospital, health network, Karachi Pakistan and TelAviv university Israel are among few to name. Her interests include resuscitation, Virtual simulation, acute event debriefing and patient safety and quality improvement practices utilizing simulation. She belief and passionate about incorporating EDI in simulation . She recently won the Teaching award for Subspeciality teaching from University of Toronto and 2 education grants to incorporate cultural sensitivity and virtual simulations

Staff Neonatologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto

Dr Mary Woodward completed her Pediatric and Neonatal Perinatal medicine training at McMaster University and is currently a Staff Neonatologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto. Dr Woodward clinical interests are in the acute care transport of critically ill infants and the development of functional outcomes for neonates. She also holds a Master’s degree in Health Science Education and is interested in studying the intersection of educational theory with scholarship and assessment within the current competency based postgraduate program. She is also the Director of Knowledge Translation for the Toronto Centre for Neonatal Health, which is an innovative, interactive, versatile, and practical web-based resource that has built in principles for self-assessment for both pediatric and neonatal learners as well as community physicians.

Simulation Educator, Learning Institute and Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Sunayna has been part of SickKids for over 10 years. She started her career as a nurse and has experience working in both the Inpatient Cariology and Cardiac Critical Care Units. Sunayna then worked as an Interprofessional Education Specialist (IES) for SickKids International while training as a Simulation Fellow at the Learning Institute. She currently works as a Simulation Educator at the Learning Institute to lead simulation-based education and quality improvement changes throughout the organization.

Simulation Specialist, The Learning Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children

Jennifer joined the Simulation Program in February 2018 as a Simulation Specialist. She completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Specialization in Rehabilitation Sciences from The University of Western Ontario. She has been furthering her knowledge for task trainer development by completing a 3D Printing and Design course from Centennial College as well as her CSWA in Mechanical Design. Jennifer is passionate about blending health sciences, technology and creativity in her everyday work as a Simulation Specialist.

Simulation Educator, The Learning Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children

(Pronouns: She/Her)

Alison joined the SickKids Simulation Program in 2013 as a simulation educator. She also co-leads the SickKids Mentorship Academy. Alison is passionate about education and completed a Master of Education Program at Brock University. Alison joined SickKids in 2000 and has worked as a charge nurse within CCCU and a project manager for an inter-professional career advancement initiative.

Alison received simulation training through the Royal College of Physicians, Simulation Educator Training Course. She also completed a Train-the-Trainer Video Debriefing Course, delivered by the Israel Centre for Medical Simulation (MSR) and received Human Factors Training from the University Health Network, Human Factors Group.

As a Simulation Educator, she collaborates with professionals to develop simulation-based education and training that supports innovation, research and learning with an emphasis on patient safety. Alison has developed simulation training programs for health care professionals both locally and internationally.

Senior Clinical Manager, Rehabilitation & Creative Arts Therapy, The Hospital for Sick Children

(Pronouns: She/Her)

Maggie Harkness is the Senior Clinical Manager of the Creative Arts Therapy Team and the Rehabilitation Services Department at The Hospital for Sick Children. Her leadership style focuses on enabling staff to succeed, and a constant curiosity about what's possible to achieve. As a leader, Maggie has developed several strategic frameworks for patient prioritization, tools to help understand patient rehabilitation services needs, developed unique staffing models to support patient care, and instituted guidelines to articulate scope of practice - all in the context of acute rehabilitation care in a tertiary care hospital. Before entering into her leadership role, Maggie practiced as an Occupational Therapist for 15 years. She also worked as an Occupational Therapy Subject Matter Expert through SickKids International in Doha Qatar. She holds a Masters in Science (Occupational Therapy) degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters in Leadership degree from the University of Guelph.

Fellow, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery, The Hospital for Sick Children

Josh Ramjist is currently a fellow in the Division of General and Thoracic Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children. He completed adult General Surgery training at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York in 2019. Since arriving at Sick Kids in 2019 he has completed fellowships in Pediatric trauma, Neonatal Surgical Care and most relevant to this audience, pediatric simulation through the Learning Institute in 2021.

Panelists

Senior Manager, Child & Family Centred Care and Health Equity Family Centre in the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Child & Family Centred Care, The Hospital for Sick Children.

Prior to joining SickKids, Karen was an educator in New York City, specializing in learning disabilities and special education for K-12 students. She has held multiple roles in the hospital in her 17 years at SickKids, including clinical social worker, clinical research project manager, inter-professional education specialist, and transition specialist. For the last 9 years Karen has been manager of the Office of the Patient and Family Experience, the Family Centre, Interpreter Services Department, TDSB schooling program, and the partnership with Ronald McDonald House Family Room. She is also the staff co-chair of the hospital Family Centred Care Advisory Council. These programs aim to provide equitable access, enhance communication, elevate patient and family engagement, and ensure delivery of services that promote positive, inclusive experiences for our very diverse patients and families. Karen has spent over 30 years of her life learning, unlearning, and teaching others about anti-bias, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive practices. One of Karen’s goals at SickKids has been to promote dialogue and important discussions about how we as clinicians, educators, researchers, and administrators can provide just and fair services that embody child and family-centred care through anti-biased and anti-racist practices.

Emergency Medicine Physician, New York City Health+Hospitals/Harlem Hospital Center, Senior Assistant Vice President of Simulation Education, NYC Health+Hospitals Simulation Cente and Assistant Professor at Columbia University College of Medicine 

Michael completed a Masters in Health Professional Education through the Massachusetts General Hospital-Institute of Health Professions. He is passionate about healthcare simulation faculty development and created one of the largest Society for Simulation in Healthcare accreditedHealthcare accredited simulation fellowships in North America. He is currently the Director of this Simulation Fellowship which has graduated over 60 felllows. He has a fervent curiosity about cognitive processing and has published widely in this area. He is a foundation member of The Debriefing Academy (https://thedebriefingacademy.com/) and is influential in content development and delivery. Most recently he has led simulation projects focused on ventilator training in the era of COVID, implicit bias awareness raising at the bedside, and faculty development curricula for the NYC Department of Health Maternal Mortality Reduction Initiative. He is constantly working with organizations to fundraise and build support toward community simulation and experiential learning to improve preventative health, health advocacy and patient empowerment.

ABP Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Staff Emergency Physician, Simulation Educator & Program Director, Community PEM Focused Fellowship, Emergency Medicine Resident Training Site Coordinator, University of Toronto, Lecturer, SK VS Ambassador and Social Media Educator

Dr. Collia joined the Division of Emergency Medicine in July 2018 as an Attending Physician in Emergency Medicine and Simulation Educator.

Her passion for Simulation Medicine and Trainee Education has grown exponentially throughout her training and she continues to pursue this during her current role through the Simulation Center. Dr. Collia’s research experience is focused on building and growing the Simulation Trauma Training Curriculum. She is currently exploring opportunities to enhance ER Trainee Education, International education and awareness in Simulation Medicine and Institutional Peer Support/Mentorship.

Education has been the focus of Dr. Collia’s training and clinical work. Over the last year, she has expanded her passion for Public Education from the institutional level to social media, being a Public Figure for information on common pediatric illnesses, encouraging parents on how to be the best advocate for their children and fighting COVID disinformation.

Interests: pampering her fur-baby Nikko, supporting a local charity event or attending outdoor concerts, spending time with Family surrounded by great food, cooking and fine wine. Guilty pleasure: catching the latest superhero film, never passing on the popcorn!

Family Advisor, Simulation Steering Committee, The Hospital for Sick Children

First and foremost, Pamela is  the proud mother of 3 lovely souls. Her particular experience includes the privilege of supporting one of her sons, along with her family, thru their brain cancer, and subsequent navigation of health and neurodiversity challenges since diagnosis in March of 2009. In addition to this, another of her children has ADD and is navigating mental health issues.

Her inspiration and joy in life has always come as a result of meaningful contributions and engagement with, a variety of individuals and communities. Immersion in various areas of interest, informed in part by her professional career as Canadian Corporate Liaison, Ability Advocate and as a life long active learner, She is intrigued by the opportunity to serve the SickKids mission toward renewal and development of best practices, where ever that may lead. For the past year plus she has been a member of the Learner Reintegration Committee and she looks forward to joining this team on behalf of the Family Advisory Network.

Mentors

Staff Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM), PhD candidate in simulation in HPE at MGH Harvard, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Simulation Educator and SIM staff lead in Resuscitation and Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) Course Director, Resuscitation Lead in PEM, Director, Paediatric Emergency Medicine Clinical Fellowship Program and Accreditation Lead Staff at Learning Institute.

Dr. Jabeen Fayyaz completed her medical training at Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan. She was awarded her Diploma, MCPS and FCPS Pediatrics from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan. Later Completed the Masters in HPE from Aga khan University and currently the PHD candidate in simulation in HPE at MGH Harvard. Dr. Fayyaz was actively involved in the development of the Emergency Medicine program In Pakistan and Oman throughout her career. She developed a virtual blended learning course for the management of acute paediatric emergencies, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia in 2010 run across Aga Khan development network. In Toronto, Canada, Dr. Fayyaz completed her Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Fellowship and Simulation Fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children and facilitates several simulation-based courses including APLS, procedural sedation, acute care resuscitation training for residents , PEM fellows. She has been Resuscitation lead for Competency based medical education program for PEM faculty since 2018 , first of its kind in Canada. She has been Resuscitation Lead in the department and Led various initiative including implementing Acute event debriefing , incorporating Virtual simulation and Virtual gaming simulation into the Residents , fellows and faculty Simulation based educational activities. She has mage partners with various international sim leaders including, INSPIRE, IPSS, SSH and IMPACTS and leading various virtual simulation-based courses with Macmaster, University of Yale, USA and Indus hospital, health network, Karachi Pakistan and TelAviv university Israel are among few to name. Her interests include resuscitation, Virtual simulation, acute event debriefing and patient safety and quality improvement practices utilizing simulation. She belief and passionate about incorporating EDI in simulation . She recently won the Teaching award for Subspeciality teaching from University of Toronto and 2 education grants to incorporate cultural sensitivity and virtual simulations

Clinician Scientist and Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), University of Toronto, Educational Researcher at the SickKids Learning Institute and a cross-appointed Scientist at the Wilson Centre for research in education.

Dr. Walsh received her medical degree from the University of Toronto and completed her postgraduate training in pediatric medicine and pediatric gastroenterology at the University of Toronto and SickKids. She also holds a MEd and PhD in health professions education from the University of Toronto. Dr. Walsh’s research program focuses on studying factors that influence how healthcare providers develop and maintain complex clinical skills, and how best to assess competence in performing these skills.

Interprofessional Education Specialist, The Learning Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children

Linda Nguyen has been a registered nurse for 14 years at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). In her current role as an Interprofessional Education Specialist, she co-leads an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Champion program. In addition, she also supports Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) which is an online virtual medical education program for community providers.

Interprofessional Education Specialist, Learning Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children

Co-leading the EDI Champion Program, Elena is working to build a community of practice aimed at supporting staff to learn EDI best practices and enact them throughout the organization. Elena also provides education support for the hospital’s patient and staff safety program, Caring Safely. Prior to this work, Elena worked for 14 years on the cardiology inpatient unit.

Simulation Specialist, The Learning Insitute, The Hospital for Sick Children

Rafael is a Simulation Specialist who holds a Bachelor of Computer Science obtained from the Politecnico JIC University in Medellin, Colombia, an Honours Diploma in Network Administration from Trios College along with CCNA, Network+ and A+ certifications. Rafael has a extensive experience in installing, running, maintaining and repairing medical simulation equipment obtained as the Senior Field Service Engineer for Laerdal Medical. He also has experience with software, hardware, audiovisual systems, networking and newer technologies like AR/VR/MR and 3D printing.

Rafael wanted to be a doctor, but technology got on his way and he is very happy to be able to combine 2 of his biggest passions at SickKids, medicine and technology. Rafael loves spending time with his family, video games and soccer.

Simulation Specialist, The Learning Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children

Jennifer joined the Simulation Program in February 2018 as a Simulation Specialist. She completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Specialization in Rehabilitation Sciences from The University of Western Ontario. She has been furthering her knowledge for task trainer development by completing a 3D Printing and Design course from Centennial College as well as her CSWA in Mechanical Design. Jennifer is passionate about blending health sciences, technology and creativity in her everyday work as a Simulation Specialist.

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