SESAM Newsletter, December 2009 (1)
Message from the President 1
Mark your calendar 2
Introduction to new EC and office bearers 2
Feedback from SESAM 2009 3
1st Europeans/Latin-American Meeting 4
SESAM Supported Working Meetings 4
SESAM Endorsed Meetings 5
News around the world 5
Membership and contact information 5
Editorial information 6
Message From the President
Dear SESAM members,
Our society is moving – moving the world of simulation and moving in itself. Our goal in SESAM’s Executive Committee
(EC) is to further increase the value of your membership. We want to continue and expand on bringing people and ideas to-
gether – within Europe and beyond. SESAM members facilitate this exchange during an interesting, innovative and challeng-
ing annual meeting; in SESAM supported working meetings from members for members; and recently in SESAM endorsed
meetings. We support feedback loops from these meetings, so that not only the attendees can benefit, but our society as a
whole. You will see lots of information about these meetings in this very newsletter. After the stimulating Annual Meeting in
June in Mainz, Germany we got together again in November in Coimbra, Portugal with partners from the Americas and other
parts of the world to organise the first European/Latin-American Meeting on Simulation in Health Care and Patient Safety.
Behind the scenes we are working on making SESAM an even more professional organisation –to adapt to SESAM’s growth.
The preparations for the 2010 meeting in Groningen, The Netherlands are underway full speed and the team in Granada, Spain
is already preparing SESAM 2011. A lot is going on.
For me it is pleasing and often moving to see what positive can come out of the exchange with other people working in the
same field, facing similar challenges and coming up with often so much different, yet helpful ideas to deal with those chal-
lenges. Seeing similarities on the one hand and respecting and taking differences into account on the other hand; discussing
and reflecting with each other – across nations, professions, expertise. This diversity in our society, coupled with an openness
for new and challenging ideas is, in my mind, one of our big strengths. We are getting better and better in using this strengths
by gathering and learning with and from each other.
Certainly, we do face challenges – getting our processes organised more takes time, effort and your patience (which we do
appreciate very much). The WEB-site overhaul including the sign-up system has as consequence that some information is not
that readily accessible for a short while. All the more happy, I think, we can be that Imke Schaefer, Sigrun Qvindesland,
Ramawad Soobrah and Ron Brendel do work with and for all of us to get the organisation improved, to inform you about new
developments via the web site and the newsletter. I hope you will share the workload by submitting material and ideas to them.
We will, also in the upcoming year, have ample opportunity for co-operation to use simulation to its full potential. Creating,
recognizing and using learning opportunities for course participants in basic education and advanced trainings. Improving our
knowledge on simulation and safe patient care by research on and with simulation. Putting our expertise and enthusiasm to-
gether will help us to make a difference – moving the world, at least a bit.
In this sense, I wish you all successful simulations and look very much forward to see you soon. Enjoy reading this newsletter.
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Mark your Calendar
16th Annual Meeting of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine June 16-18, 2010,
University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands; Registration opens 1 February 2010; Deadline for
submissions of abstracts 15 February 2010 - www.sesam2010.eu
International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare January 23-27, 2010; Phoenix Convention Center,
Phoenix, Arizona, USA. http://www.ssih.org/SSIH/SSIH/Home/
There is a lot of events going on around the world – directly or loosely related to simulation. To check out a more detailed list,
please check our SESAM website at: http://www.sesam-web.org/calendar.html. Please do send information about interesting
events to firstname.lastname@example.org – the idea is to make this a living document and archive for those, interested in simulation.
Introduction to new Executive Committee members and office bearers
Peter Dieckmann, President Ronnie Glavin, Vice President
Doris Østergaard, Past President
Imke Schäfer, Freelance Administrator
Helge Lorentzen, Secretary
York Zausig, Treasurer
Ramawad Soobrah, Newsletter Editor
Sigrun Qvindesland, Administrative Asisstant
(http://www.sesam-web.org/admin.html) Ron Brendel, Web Master
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SESAM Annual Meeting 2009 in Mainz, Germany– Summary of Feedback Results
The information in this section is based on the conference evaluation, done electronically this year. All in all 40 out of about
230 conference participants took part in the survey. Due to the low response rate, the results of the survey do not necessarily
express the opinion of the majority of congress delegates. Nevertheless, the SESAM EC would like to thank all who have
taken the time to participate in the evaluation of the SESAM 2009 Meeting. Your feedback is highly appreciated and will be
taken into account in the organisation of further meetings. The persons who participated in the survey were asked to rate a
number of aspects concerning the meeting by choosing between the adjectives “unsatisfactory, fair, satisfactory, good or excel-
lent” or “not applicable” and also provide some general comments on each topic. Moreover, the survey included a number of
open questions about the meeting.
In general, the survey shows that the participants’ overall impression of the meeting was posi-
tive: 30 participants rated the overall meeting as good or excellent and 7 regarded the meeting
as satisfactory. A clear majority regarded the proceedings and the conference website as good or
excellent and stated that it was easy to navigate to and from the conference site. Similarly, the
venue, catering, programme timetable, pre-conference workshops and the reception on day 1 of
the meeting were rated as good by the majority. The Riverboat Tour and congress dinner on day
two received the mark “excellent” by the majority of responders and was positively emphasised
in many responses to open questions. Finally, the organisers of the SESAM 2009 Meeting will
be happy to know that the majority of responders regarded the organisation of the meeting as
Sessions on day 1
On day 1, especially the keynote lecture by Gary Dunnington and “Themed Session 2: Human Factors Research” received
good ratings. Moreover, “Workshop 1: Use of simulation as a tool in paediatric medicine” and “Workshop 2: Neonatal ECMO
Simulation” were highly appreciated. Even though it was remarked that the time limit for the poster presentations on day 1
should have been handled more strictly, 29 of the responders rated the poster presentations as either good or excellent.
Sessions on day 2
The invited lecture by Ian Curran on day 2 received outstanding remarks. 85% of the responders who attended the session
regarded the lecture as excellent and 10% regarded it as good. In general, people also rated the other sessions on day 2 posi-
tively, but due to the low response rate with some sessions only rated by two or three persons it would be incorrect to general-
ise from the results.
Sessions on day 3
On day 3, “Themed Session 13: Undergraduate Education 2” received noticeably good ratings: 12 out of 14 persons who rated
the session regarded it as good or excellent. The other sessions on day 3 received mainly positive ratings, too, but again it is
difficult to generalise if a session is only rated by a few persons.
Evaluation of open questions and comments
The individual comments suggest that there was room for improvement with regard to the
publishing date of the detailed scientific programme before the conference, the timing of
the evaluation and it was suggested to include roundtable sessions into the programme for
Further feedback from the responders indicates that the registration process could be im-
proved in the years to come (including the on-site registration for workshops). While the
catering was regarded as good by the majority of participants, a minority of persons did
not appreciate the selection of food that was offered for lunch (we hope nobody stayed
Concerning the venue, there were mixed reactions. Some aspects were criticised - such as
the area where lunch was served, the location of the exhibitor space and the fact that it
was sometimes difficult to find the way to the different rooms - while the overall confer-
ence venue was frequently emphasised as being beautiful and very conveniently located.
On the positive side, the participants especially appreciated the high quality of the scien-
tific programme, the Riverboat Tour and overall flair of the conference, as well as the
possibility to meet new people and old friends.
All in all, the majority of responders found that it was valuable as well as inspiring to attend the SESAM 2009 Meeting and
several responders praised the conference organisers for their efforts and for setting a high standard for future meetings - a well
deserved “Thank You” to the local organisers.
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1st European/LatinAmerican Meeting on Health Care Simulation and Patient Safety
What began as a quick idea over coffee turned into a successful meeting, bringing together
approximately 130 simulation enthusiasts (current and those in the making) from Europe, the
Americas and Asia in Coimbra, Portugal, Nov. 12-14, 2009. The meeting also brought to-
gether different simulation societies: SESAM, ALASIC, SSH, and INACSL – covering large
parts of the world and a diverse background of participants in terms of professions and focus
points in using simulation.
High profile speakers opened the conference, showing
the increasing political support of simulation in Portu-
gal and beyond. A mix of keynote talks, hands-on
workshops, paper presentations, posters, roundtables on a large variety of topics made
for a stimulating mix in the programme. The meeting actually stimulated the SESAM
endorsed special instructor course in Brixen (see below) as well as many cross discus-
sions and further collaborations on the way. It is planned to run a similar meeting again
in Nov. 2011, most likely in Brazil. The meeting was innovative also in the way that the
scientific committee, overseeing the contributions was composed of experts from the
different parts of the world. We hope it can become a milestone in arranging meetings,
where national and regional networks co-operate around the world. http://www.sesam-
A special “Thank You” to the team in Coimbra and the Scientific Committee, who organised this meeting very well!
SESAM Supported Working Meetings in 2009
After the success of the first round, currently the next round of SESAM working meetings are under review – If you have an
idea for a working meeting: find your colleagues, put the proposal together and send it to email@example.com (see the
terms and conditions on the website in the working meeting section).
The information in this section is quotes from the working meeting reports – the full information can be found on the SESAM
website – www.sesam-web.org
SESAM supported working meeting „From idea to paper: Let’s talk about research!“
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 6-8, 2009;
Faculty: Tanja Manser (University of Aberdeen); Peter Dieckmann (DIMS Copenhagen); Local organizer: Ralf Krage (VU
16 participants from 5 countries subscribed to this SESAM supported working meeting. Participants could thus bring many
different perspectives to the discussion and could reflect on their own questions in the light of the questions of others. This
SESAM supported working meeting followed an educational format. The basic idea was to „simulate“ a research process dur-
ing the two-day workshop to allow for participants to think through the various stages of a research process for a study they are
planning to conduct. Thus, the input from the faculty in the beginning of the day was kept rather general and group works
focused on participants’ own research ideas. The main focus of the work was to more clearly define research questions and
match possible methods and research designs to be able to answer the research questions.
In general, the format of the workshop was successful and allowed for active involvement of participants, clarifiying research
questions and matching methods and for networking among participants. It was seen as important that the faculty participated
actively in the small group discussions and provide input from their own experience.
SESAM supported working meeting - Pre-Hospital Simulation
Stavanger, Norway April, 21-22, 2009.
Faculty: Paramedic Helge Lorenzen (SAFER), MD Olli Väisänen (ARCADA), Paramedic Jan Martinsen (Stifelsen Norsk Luf-
tambulance), Paramedic Juha-Pekka Laakso (ARCADA), Paramedic Kjetil Torgeirsen (SAFER) and MD Stephen Sollid
(SAFER, Stiefelsen Norsk Luftambulance).
The aim of the working meeting was to collect participants interested in prehospital simulation (PHS) together to build up a
network and discuss of specifics of PHS. The main topics of this two day working meeting were: introduction, differences in
prehospital Emergency Medical Service Systems in Europe, the specifics of PHS, simulating the patient transport and outdoor
simulation. 11 participants (6 physicians, 3 paramedics, 1 nurse and 1 educator) took the course with the faculty of six instruc-
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The participants thought that PHS do not differ so much from other simulations, because: learning objectives are important
also in PHS, scenarios need to be relevant, realistic and well planned, debriefing is important and needs to be in firm hands,
instructors need to be well trained, the technical solutions must be in order and equipments needs to be familiar, interprofes-
sional education is important and, wireless manikins are handy but one can manage with low fidelity manikins or standardized
patients as well. However, the participants also pointed out that there are some specifics for the PHS: environment (such as
difficult places) and weather conditions must be covered, visualization of the scene is important (photos, videos), limited
equipments, space (ambulance, helicopter, boat) and backup needs to be emphasized, communication and co-operation with
dispatching center as well as other authorities (police, fire brigade, army, coast guard) needs to be practiced. The workshop
was an important network creator. The participants wished to continue the meetings once a year and gave valuable suggestions
for the next programme. The next work shop is planned be held on spring 2010 in the center to be announced.
SESAM Endorsed Meetings in 2009
There are many meetings taking place in all parts of the world. SESAM has sat out to have a look at the meetings and endorse
those that are especially interesting and for which the faculty wishes the endorsement. Check the web-site to see whether the
SESAM badge would be interesting for your meeting and to find out, whether your meeting complies with the requirements. In
2009 two meetings applied for and were granted the SESAM endorsement.
The Interdisciplinary Symposium Simulation in Medicine (InSiM), took place in Munich, Germany 15-16 October 2009
(www.insim.info). The meeting brings together mainly German speaking people from Germany, Switzerland, Austria and
other countries. InSim has meanwhile a tradition of 7 years and attracted about 130 participants this year. The next InSim will
take place in Basel, Switzerland – to make it easy on the same days: 15-16. October 2010.
The Specific Intensive Instructor Training for Paediatric Life Support Courses was SESAM
endorsed, because it brought together faculty from different institutions. It took place in Brixen,
Südtirol from 15-17 December 2009. Another plus for the endorsement was the preparation and
debriefing of the course – connecting it to the wider context of pediatric simulation. http://www.mh-
NEWS AROUND THE WORLD
The London Deanery’s simulation healthcare training initiative (STeLI) has won
the 2009 Patient Safety category at the Health Service Journal Awards. This
important national Award (sponsored by the National Patient Safety Agency)
recognises services that demonstrate patient safety as being at the heart of an or-
ganisation’s culture. http://www.hsjawards.co.uk/
Congratulations to Guillaume Alinier (University of Hertfordshire, UK) who has been conferred a Sen-
ior Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy. The Senior Fellowship recognises outstanding
champions of teaching and learning in higher education. This honour is in recognition of his excep-
tional achievement and contribution to teaching and learning (in the area of simulation in healthcare
education). In this current year, Guillaume is one of only six people to be accorded a Senior Fellow-
Membership and contact information
What does SESAM membership include?
For the moderate price of €50 EUR for a regular SESAM membership, you get a reduction of €75 EUR of the registration fee
for the annual meeting, access to a unique platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences and the coordination of Euro-
pean multi-centre research, your email address will be on the SESAM mailing list, which enables you to send discussion
emails to this list and you receive the SESAM newsletter, which sums up the latest developments in the simulation world.
Which types of membership does SESAM offer?
The annual fees for individuals are €50 EUR for a regular SESAM membership or €150 EUR for a special membership. A
special membership consists of a regular membership to SESAM, a subscription to the journal "Simulation in Healthcare", and
you become an affiliated member to the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), i.e. you will benefit from all programs,
meeting discounts, listserv participation, member access to web materials, and the same privileges as regular SSH members.
Industrial companies can opt for an industry membership at a fee of €250 EUR. In turn, they will become part of the SESAM
emailing list, get the right to send six clearly identified industry messages per year to the mailing list; they will be presented as
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a supporter on the SESAM webpage and they get one reduced registration (at members rate) of a company representative at the
annual SESAM meeting.
How to become a SESAM member or renew an existing membership?
Membership renewal for 2010 will be possible from the beginning of December 2009. If you would like to stay a member of
SESAM in 2010, please remember to renew your membership by 31 January 2010.
You can sign up for a SESAM membership or renew an existing membership via our website: http://www.sesam-
If you have questions to the application process, please visit the "Frequently Asked Questions" section to find more detailed
information: http://www.sesam-web.org/faq.html You are also welcome to write an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes, The SESAM membership team
The first issue of the first newsletter has arrived at last! If there’s any interesting and relevant information you would like to
share with other SESAM members or you would like to contribute somehow to this Newsletter, please contact me by email.
The information we would like to include in our Newsletter include the following:
• Simulation Centre profile (one page with 1 or 2 pictures),
• Work in Progress,
• Upcoming Events and Conferences,
• Book and article reviews (relevant to simulation),
• Job postings in Simulation Centres, etc
We would also like to take this opportunity to invite any other members who would be interested in becoming the
Newsletter co-editor. Please contact the SESAM president, Peter Dieckmann (email@example.com) for further
information about the position.
The editor can be contacted
(best via email):
Northwick Park Hospital
SESAM 2009 IN PICTURES