The AMEE Simulation Committee provide another report on meetings and conferences with a focus on Simulation in the health care professions
The community of simulation education, research, and practice came together in Glasgow, UK for the 25th anniversary meeting of SESAM, the society for simulation in Europe (https://www.sesam-web.org). Over 750 colleagues joined the meeting and drew inspiration from keynotes from leaders in the fields of simulation, patient safety, health professions education, anthropology, and beyond. The scientific content of the meeting, spread across three days, presented innovation and scholarship across the breadth of simulation, from debriefing practice through to virtual reality simulation. The local simulation community in Scotland showcased their mobile simulation unit (http://www.csmen.scot.nhs.uk/mobile-skills-unit/about/), which is designed to bring the benefits of simulation-based education to health professionals and community members living and working in the rural and remote areas of the Scottish Highlands and Islands: areas making up 98% of Scotland’s land mass but less than 17% of the population.
The meeting also saw the launch of a new research network initiative, building on the success of the INSPIRE network in North America, and drawing together those with an interest in research across Europe and beyond. Aiming to push the boundaries of simulation science and pave the way for multi-site projects and programs of simulation research, the research network meeting also provided a platform for eight emerging and early-career scholars to present their ideas and get feedback from leading researchers in the field. As the community wrapped up a packed meeting highlighting all the hard work that has been done to advance healthcare using simulation this year, the announcement of next year’s meeting in Milan (June 17-19, 2020) gave everyone something to look forward to and plan for.