The AMEE Simulation Committee this month provided a brief report on the Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar’s 3rd Symposium on Optimizing Health Professions Education with Simulation-Based Learning..


On September 28, 2019, we hosted our 3rd symposium titled: “Institutional Culture and Academic Journeys”. Data from participants’ personal development plans, led to the design of a workshop which focused on the community’s pooled responses to the Simulation Culture Organizational Readiness Survey (SCORS), which was presented by Professor Kim Leighton. We analyzed our data and listed priorities for change, reflected on the deficits and considered how to make changes sustainably. Emerging themes discussed included: importance of transparency, open communication (both top-down and bottom-up), documenting a commitment for change.

Professor Debra Nestel highlighted the importance of faculty development and drew on Sawyer et al.’s pedagogic framework for procedural skills training, to illustrate the cognitive (Learn, See) and psychomotor (Practice, Prove, Do) elements that prepare the learner for maintenance of skills-based competencies.

In a conversation café featuring distinguished guests; Debra Nestel, Guillaume Alinier, and Kim Leighton, we heard their stories and transformative images & life events, from which they drew strength, insight and courage, to grow, progress and achieve excellence as leading scholars and simulation ambassadors. Key messages included network++ take risks++, don’t fear failure, be curious, read, write, and ask for help!

In a vibrant “Sim Souq”, ideas and knowledge was exchanged as educators, practitioners, researchers and students presented on innovative SB learning and teaching in Qatar.

Our final panel of practicing nurses and physicians, shared stories about working and training for excellence in service, using in-situ simulations.