2016 National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety

This is a guest post written by Alexandra Babakhanova, a Communications and Marketing Specialist at SIM-one Healthcare Simulation Network in Toronto, Ontario. 

On Monday, May 30, 2016, Toronto will welcome the first National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety – an exciting knowledge-sharing event on the growing interest in using simulation to improve patient safety and quality of care.

This groundbreaking initiative is a joint launch by SIM-one, IDEAS (Improving & Driving Excellence Across Sectors), Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), Accreditation Canada, Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC), Health Quality Ontario (HQO), and HealthCareCAN.

The purpose of the Forum is to:

  • Demonstrate ways in which simulation reduces adverse events, costs and financial risks for hospitals;
  • Promote evidence and examples supporting the use of simulation at the point of care delivery;
  • Highlight current Canadian leaders and their knowledge and insights into establishing hospital-based simulation programs; and 
  • Motivate decision-makers to pursue the integration of simulation-based patient safety and quality improvement initiatives/education/programs at their organizations.

Speakers lineup include: 

  1. Dr. Adalsteinn D. Brown, D.Phil (director, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation; co-chair of IDEAS Quality Improvement (QI) Program)
  2. Topic: Challenges in Quality Improvement and Opportunities for Simulation
  3. Dr. Vincent Grant, MD FRCPC (emergency physician, Alberta Children’s Hospital; associate professor of pediatrics, University of Calgary)
  4. Topic: The KidSIM Program at Alberta Children's Hospital: Bringing Safety and Quality to the Bedside
  5. Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, MD, PhD, FACS (associate professor of surgery, University of Toronto; Canada Research Chair in simulation and surgical safety; creator of the surgical black box
  6. Topic: Evidence for and Return on Investment of Simulation
  7. Dr. Glenn Posner, MDCM, FRCSC, M.Ed. (medical director, Simulation Patient Safety Program at the Ottawa Hospital; simulation educator, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada)
  8. Topic: TOH Simulation Patient Safety Program – Interprofessional Education through In-Situ Simulation

Attendees should expect a dynamic program that includes an inspiring and informative lineup of presenters from Canadian leaders in simulation in hospitals, and plenty of social and networking opportunities.

Tickets are selling fast – register now!

WHAT: 2016 National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety

WHO: All hospital and care delivery organizational leaders, 

WHEN: Monday, May 30, 2016

WHERE: Sheraton Gateway Hotel - Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 3 - Toronto ON  L5P 1C4

COST: $149+HST

REGISTER: Get your tickets now! 

For more information, please contact:

Nicole Fung


Tel: (416) 506-1433 ext. 202

About Accreditation Canada

Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits health care and social services organizations in Canada and around the world. Its comprehensive accreditation programs foster ongoing quality improvement through evidence-based standards and a rigorous external peer review. Accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), Accreditation Canada has been helping organizations improve health care quality and patient safety for more than 55 years.

About the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute was established in 2003 as an independent not-for-profit corporation, operating collaboratively with health professionals and organizations, regulatory bodies and governments to build and advance a safer healthcare system for Canada. The Canadian Patient Safety Institute would like to acknowledge funding support from Health Canada. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

Visit www.patientsafetyinstitute.ca for more information.

About Health Quality Ontario (HQO)

Health Quality Ontario (HQO) is the provincial advisor on quality in health care. HQO reports to the public on the quality of the health care system, evaluates the effectiveness of new health care technologies and services, and supports quality improvement throughout the system.

Visit www.hqontario.ca for more information.

About HealthCareCAN

HealthCareCAN is the national voice of hospitals and regional health authorities across Canada. We foster informed and continuous, results oriented discovery and innovation across the continuum of healthcare. We act with others to enhance the health of the people of Canada; to build the capability for high quality care; and to help ensure value for money in publicly financed, healthcare programs. CHA Learning is the professional development branch of HCC, developing the health leaders of tomorrow for nearly 65 years. Our online programs reach learners across Canada, and we believe simulation is an innovative and exciting enabler of healthcare education and improvement.

About Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC)

HIROC is Canada’s leading provider of healthcare liability insurance offering a broad range of insurance products and services, including risk management programs and claims management expertise. As a not-for-profit, owned by its members, HIROC also works with its subscribers to bring about meaningful and productive change resulting in greater safety and a reduction in claims and incidents. Since inception, HIROC has distributed over $129 million back to its subscribers.

About IDEAS (Improving & Driving Excellence Across Sectors)

IDEAS (Improving & Driving Excellence Across Sectors) is a comprehensive, province-wide initiative to enhance Ontario’s health system performance by increasing quality improvement, leadership and change management capacity across all health care sectors. Through IDEAS, health care clinicians and administrators from all disciplines and sectors are equipped with the knowledge, practical tools and skills to confidently lead and implement quality improvement initiatives to improve patient outcomes. IDEAS is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario (MOHLTC).

About SIM-one

SIM-one is a not-for-profit organization that connects the simulation community, facilities, and resources across Canada and beyond. SIM-one advocates for and advances simulated learning in health professions education for the benefit of patient care and safety. SIM-one offers advanced educational training and online services that are open to simulationists and health professionals across the globe.

Visit sim-one.ca for more information.