The SimEd Network is designed to be a provincial resource and a community of practice to share ideas, knowledge and experience. Any organization or individual interested in learning more about simulation education is encouraged to connect. The Network represents a pool of expertise and resources and embraces a culture of sharing.
IWK Health Centre
Simulation based learning was formally recognized at the IWK in 2012 as part of the Learning Team under Interprofessional Practice, although it had been in place for several years before that.
On September 29th, 2016 the IWK Simulation Program opened the door to it's newly renovated space on the main floor. The open design allows for a variety of configurations to accommodate a range of simulation events. With forethought, the space was built to hospital code for patient care, in the event of a mass casualty or other major crisis, requiring more patient care areas at the IWK Health Centre.
According to Kathy Johnston of the IWK Simulation Program, "the Centre is used by health centre staff, interprofessional teams and learners. An exciting development is the number of teams new to simulation based learning expressing interest in integrating it into their team education. Truly, if you build it they will come!...allowing for expansion and growth of the program."
If you would like more information about the IWK Simulation Program click on the following link IWK Simulation Program
The QEII Simulation Program facilitates simulation based education in three distinct locations at the QEII Health Sciences Centre: The Skills Centre, located in the basement of the Bethune building at the VG Site; The Simulation Centre, located in the basement of the Centennial building at the VG Site; The Sim Bay, located in the emergency department of the Halifax Infirmary Hospital. Interprofessional, simulation based learning are gold standards in healthcare education, essential to highly skilled providers of safe, quality healthcare.
The simulation staff at each location will help you manage and deliver your simulation session, freeing you up to focus your time and energy on teaching. The knowledgeable staff are focused on professional healthcare learning, where learners develop and refine their skills to work effectively and efficiently as part of interprofessional teams.
The QEII locations welcome continuing professional development sessions and courses, hosted by healthcare-oriented associations and companies. Faculty will help you provide experiential learning and competency maintenance opportunities, to a broad spectrum of healthcare professionals.
If you would like more information about the QEII program go to their website at QEII Simulation
Faculty of Health
Dalhousie's Faculty of Health Professions has changed it's name to Faculty of Health, effective July 1, 2017. This is one of Dals largest Faculties that began in the 1960's and has seen many changes over the years. Today it has a broad reach in many areas of research and academics.
The Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB) that opened in late 2015, is home to the Centre for Collaborative Clinical Learning and Research. Here you will find a hive of activity focused on interprofessional education and collaborative learning. This state of the art building is conducive to this type of learning where you will find various forms of interprofessional, simulation-based learning.
Dalhousie is a leader in interprofessional education, using an integrated approach to learning. Collaborative learning, in a team based environment improves communication across health disciplines, resulting in improved patient outcomes, while working together with a common goal enhances team performance and can lead to improved job satisfaction.
To view more information go to their website at Faculty of Health
Faculty of Medicine
Dalhousie's Faculty of Medicine is almost 150 years old, having started in 1868. It is based in Halifax, and has a satellite location in St. John, New Brunswick that opened in 2010. Dal graduates can be found around the globe, working in hospitals/health centres, and clinics located in urban and rural settings or community outreach programs. There are undergraduate and graduate programs which specialize in family medicine and many specialty residency programs. Dalhousie Medicine is a leader in using interprofessional education in their curriculum.
Dalhousie faculty who are experts in their field of study or practice can influence government and industry on health policy decisions. As well, their research can lead to technological advancements in patient care and inform decision making of others. Innovative research programs associated with Dalhousie's medical school are found in Halifax such as the Brain Repair Centre and the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology.
Dalhousie Medical School is a significant contributor to the local economy with employment opportunities in it's numerous departments. Dal attracts large amounts of research funding that brings together scientists, students, entrepreneurs and businesses to bring products to market or develop innovative patient care solutions.
To find out more information about Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine go to their website at Faculty of Medicine