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BMC and the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) wish to announce that our founding Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Simulation, Professor Debra Nestel, will be stepping down from her role in October.  We are therefore seeking a new Editor-in-Chief to lead the journal. 

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Aims and scope

Advances in Simulation provides a forum to share scholarly practice to advance the use of simulation in the context of health and social care.

Advances in Simulation is the official journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM).
SESAM was founded in 1994 in Copenhagen and aims to encourage and support the use of simulation in health care and medicine for the purpose of training and research. Key roles of SESAM are to develop and support the application of simulation in education, research, and quality management by facilitating collaborations and the exchange of technology and knowledge throughout Europe.


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Acute paediatric trauma stabilisation

TheImage courtesy of Ralph MacKinnon © Image courtesy of Ralph MacKinnon provision of high quality care and training towards this goal, is a central theme of simulation-based education. MacKinnon et al explore the concept of quality in the context of the stabilisation of traumatically injured children. They propose that the ability to assure and improve both simulation training and care provision is impeded without an understanding of quality in this context, and the ability to describe the quality. The challenges of quality measurement are described from a system engineering and a human factors perspective. Read more...


We are pleased to announce that all articles published in Advances in Simulation are included in PubMed and PubMed Central. 

SESAM news

The Editor-in-Chief will be at the SESAM Glasgow 2019 conference Wednesday 12 - Friday 14 June. Pop by and visit our stand in the Hamish Wood Rooms or follow us on Twitter @AdvinSimulation.

We are delighted to announce that SESAM members now receive a 15% discount on the Article Processing Charges for publications in Advances in Simulation. Your discount code is obtained by logging into your SESAM members' profile. When submitting an article you should include the code in the institutional membership box on the payment page.

How does simulation impact culture and relationships in healthcare?

In this Trauma simulation V. Brazil © V. Brazilarticle an established trauma simulation program was found to have a profound impact on the relational aspects of care and the development of a collaborative culture across disciplines and departments in a major hospital.

The authors reviewed the program using the Relational Coordination framework – shared knowledge, shared goals, and mutual respect in the context of high-quality communication. They found this framework can provide a common language for simulation educators to design and debrief simulation exercises that aim to have a translational impact. The authors suggest that simulation educators should be deliberate about the foundational team relationships and organizational culture outcomes of the simulation programs they develop.

Simulation-based skills training in obstetrics and gynaecology

ArunKumar obstetrics & gynaecology training © Arunaz Kumaraz Kumar et al present their work on introduction of undergraduate interprofessional education workshop in obstetrics and gynaecology in India. Arunaz and Atul,  have taken simulation based education programs to remote parts of India. In this study, they took a successful undergraduate interprofessional educational initiative called the Women’s Health interprofessional by Simulation (WHIPLS) program for medical and midwifery students to India. The program aims to teach core clinical skills to undergraduate students and embedding interprofessional communication early in their careers. This innovative program in India received a positive response, with some interesting themes emerging from the qualitative analysis of participant data. The key theme was “getting hands-on” experience of doing intimate gynaecological examinations before seeing a real patient. Read more...

Editor profile

Prof Debra Nestel, Editor-in-Chief

Professor Debra Nestel is Professor of Simulation Education in Health Care at Monash University, and Professor of Surgical Education, University of Melbourne, Australia For over 25 years she has used simulation as an educational method in the context of health care. Professor Nestel has a particular interest in human-based simulations and is experienced in research and development of several simulation modalities.

Research challenges in prehospital care

Air ambulance image credit Bob EmbletonMaurin Söderholm et al highlight an area that is so important for healthcare and that still receives relatively little attention in the simulation world in terms of research: The pre-hospital area. The authors describe the challenges, review what kind of research is available and where the research gaps are, and discuss how to improve the situation. These include the researcher getting into the context and to understand it as well as possible, to use existing and to develop new technology and approaches to do research on patient safety, organizational development, and quality improvement. Finally, they sketch how a laboratory for pre-hospital, simulation-related research might look and what kind of people, you want to hire. Read more...


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