VANCOUVER, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - You've seen emergency teams perform on
television shows in a simulation of real life situations. In Vancouver
on Nov. 9, 2013, teams of health professionals will show how it's
really done, as the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
hosts SimWarsTM for a second straight year.
SimWarsTM, opening Saturday morning at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, pits
doctors, nurses and others in head-to-head combat as they navigate
high-pressure simulated emergency scenarios in a friendly competition.
Four teams will compete in the 2013 SimWarsTM and include members of the Canadian Forces, physicians and surgeons,
registered nurses, paramedics and respiratory therapists.
SimWarsTM is an interactive learning competition that was created by Drs. Haru
Okuda, Andy Godwin, and Scott Wiengart. Teams respond to simulated
clinical scenarios and are evaluated on the basis of their
communication, teamwork, decision-making and outcomes, after which an
audience of peers casts its votes for the winning team. The final two
teams face off in the grand finale for the ultimate bragging rights.
"There are more than 85 simulation training centres in Canada and the
demand is growing. SimWarsTM is an exciting way to show off how simulation training can benefit
medical education. Thanks to simulation training, health workers can be
exposed to a variety of medical issues and become comfortable with a
particular practice without risking a patient's well-being in the
process," said Dr. Susan Brien, the Royal College's director of
Innovation, Research and Scholarship, and co-chair of the conference
that is sponsoring the competition.
SimWarsTM made its debut in Ottawa in 2012 as part of the Royal College's annual
Simulation Summit. This year, the summit is being held in Vancouver and
will examine ways that simulation technologies and techniques can help
health care professionals learn and train effectively. The conference
will host more than 300 simulation instructors, program directors,
students, medical educators and planners from multiple health care
disciplines and across Canada Nov. 8-9, 2013.
About the Simulation Summit and the Royal College
The Simulation Summit is hosted by the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada, a national, not-for-profit organization with more
than 42,000 members in 87 countries. The Royal College contributes to
improving the health of Canadians by setting the highest standards for
specialty medical education. Dedicated to lifelong learning,
scholarship and innovation, the organization is also a trusted partner
in advancing sound health and public policy.
SOURCE: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
For further information:
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Telephone: 613-730-8177 ext 472
Telephone: 613-730-8177 ext 464