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High stress, no risk – QEII Sim Bay advances care training

QEII SIM Bay OpeningThe unveiling of a new simulated learning facility at the QEII Health Sciences Centre sets a national standard for training of health care teams.

The Sim Bay, located at the Halifax Infirmary, is the first hospital-based facility in Canada to use both mannequins and cadavers to provide realistic on-site simulations for a variety of medical situations, including surgeries and emergencies. The first simulation was performed Nov. 29 during the official opening of the facility, which is in a former ambulance bay near the Infirmary’s emergency department.

Dr. Brock Vair, co-director of the QEII simulation program, said the new facility will allow health care teams to refine their skills in a highly realistic environment and for procedures they may only rarely encounter.

“All of the technical skills that I acquired during my training as a surgeon were learned on live patients in a high-stakes environment, where patient safety was always a concern,” said Dr. Vair. “In Sim Bay, health care providers can slow the clock and practice potentially injurious skills in a safe learning environment – building stronger care teams and, ultimately, benefitting the patients they care for.”

At the $1.8-million facility, health care teams from all disciplines can train in scenarios ranging from cardiac life support to large-scale trauma and casualties. They can perform fully immersive medical simulations on cadavers and robotic mannequins that are so realistic they can blink and even shout during trauma procedures.

The bay is also equipped with multiple cameras to record procedures, a boardroom, a storage area for cadavers, and a control room that directs the mannequins on how to react. For a 360-degree virtual tour, visit:

The Sim Bay is funded through donations to the QEII Foundation.

Simulation equipment inventory now available

One of the SimEd Network's priorities is to help connect all simulation education experts with available resources, expertise and equipment. The Network is now pleased to share a new inventory of all the simulation education equipment available with our core partners: IWK, NSHA, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health. The inventory shows where each piece of equipment is located. 

To learn more about the equipment inventory or request equipment use, contact LindseyTwohig.

Simulation Equipment Inventory

Survey finding shows current state of simulation medical education

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2011 Survey was conducted to assess the current state of simulation in medical education across their 133 AAMC member medical schools (of which Dalhousie University is one) as well as 263 teaching hospitals none of which were Canadian. The AAMC survey included 6 Canadian medical schools, Dalhousie, McGill, Memorial, Universite de Montreal, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The following compares the results of the survey with the Network partners' current operational data in several key areas.


New Inventory of Nova Scotia’s simulation education experts

The SimEd Network has created a comprehensive directory of qualified simulation-based health educators, primarily those who have taken the IMS, SLIIC courses or an equivalent program. The inventory is designed to help connect one another and guide people to the right experts based on their question or need. It also demonstrates our vast and diverse expertise and how our simulation education capacity has grown over the past couple of years.

The document will be updated as our capacity and expertise grow and change.

Simulation-education Qualified Faculty Directory.

If a qualified simulation educator is missing from this list, or information should be updated, please contact

SimEd Network submits four research abstracts to national Sim Summit

The SimEd Network submitted four research abstracts to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Sim Summit, to be held in Ottawa in September 2018. Three of the four abstracts are based on the work of the SimEd Network Operations Committee and the fourth is attributed to Diane MacKenzie and her team.

  1. Simulation training for Interprofessional Health Educators: A High Priority
  2. An Evaluation Framework for Determining Simulation Results
  3. Metrics for Measuring success in Simulation Education
  4. Stroke lnterprofessional Collaborative Care Plan

Post-Licensure Committee

The SimEd Network struck a Post-Licensure Committee. With a desire to ensure we continue to evolve the simulation learning experience for our post licensure health-care professionals, this committee is tasked with advising the SimEd Network on how it can best address the post-licensure needs and offer opportunities to expand their learning opportunities. The Committee’s composition includes representatives from regulated health professions such as the colleges of paramedicine, nurses, physicians and respiratory therapists. There are also representatives from the Nova Scotia Community College, St. Francis Xavier University Rankin School of Nursing, the IWK Health Centre, NSHA, and the Faculties of Medicine and Health.

Archived Newsletters

The SimEd Network newsletter "Network News", has a broad email distribution across our Partner organizations and to other key external stakeholders. The issues are also available to view here by choosing from the following list.

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