Media Advisory - Royal College Launches Conference with an Astronaut's View of NASA Training and Medical Education

    International Summit on Simulation pre-conference event sets the leading
    edge tone

    OTTAWA, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Former astronaut Dr. David Williams will
open the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada International
Conference on Residency Education on Thursday. While he will draw the links
between astronaut training and medical education, the pre-conference
simulation summit will delve into leading edge and safer ways of training new
    At today's International Summit on Simulation participants are learning
leading edge simulation-based education and innovative approaches that are
changing the way future physicians are trained. The Simulation Summit is
focused entirely on exchanging the latest practices and curriculum using
simulation to deliver true to life learning experiences, train
interprofessional teams and to improve patient safety.
    Simulation allows residents to experience scenarios and develop their
assessment, reactive and technical abilities in a safe environment. There is a
growing consensus and evidence linking simulated learning in a controlled
environment to an improvement in the quality of care provided by residents
during real patient events.
    The Simulation Summit has brought together leading experts in Ottawa to
share the benefits of this technology and new thinking for teaching crisis
resource management, procedural, assessment, patient safety and emergency
critical care skills.


    The Simulation Summit will have over 35 workshops and learning sessions,
exhibits, poster sessions and will feature:

    Thursday                   Integrating Patient Safety, Simulation and
    Sept 25, 2008              CanMEDS into Training
    11:45 am- 12:30 pm
                               David Musson, PhD, McMaster University
    Victoria Ballroom South,   Dr. Musson will translate lessons learned from
    2nd F                      aviation safety training into health care
    Ottawa Marriott            training with the use of simulation.

    Thursday                   The Effective Use of Simulation-Based
    Sept 25, 2008              Education: Do we Have a Consensus?
    15:00 pm- 15:45 pm
                               James Gordon, MD, MPA, Director, Gilbert
    Victoria Ballroom South,   Program in Medical Simulation and Associate
    2nd F                      Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    Ottawa Marriott            Dr. Gordon will discuss the role of simulation
                               in medical education today and identify how to
                               integrate effective simulation approaches
                               across health care disciplines.

    Thursday                   Peak Performance in Clinical Care: Lessons
    Sept 25, 2008              from the Edge
    4 pm- 5 pm
                               Dave Williams, MD, FRCPC, retired astronaut
    Confederation I            and current Director
    Westin Ottawa              McMaster Centre for Medical Robotics
                               Dr. Williams will describe NASA astronaut
                               training methods and the implications of
                               astronaut training for residency education.


    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national,
not-for-profit organization that oversees the medical education of specialists
in Canada by setting high standards for postgraduate medical education and
continuing professional development. In collaboration with health
organizations and government agencies, the Royal College also plays a role in
developing sound health policy in Canada.

    Media are welcome to attend these sessions at the conference and can
register by presenting proper identification at the registration desk and
asking for Cecily Wallace.

For further information:

For further information: or to request an interview, please contact:
Cecily Wallace, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, (613)
260-4180, Cell (613) 286-7328,; Cristiane Doherty, Delta
Media, (613) 233-9191, Cell (613) 799-9277,

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