2016 NFSQS

On Monday, May 30, Toronto welcomed 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. Attendees experienced a dynamic program with inspiring and informative presenters from Canadian leaders in simulation in hospitals, and networking opportunities. Read more!

This groundbreaking initiative was 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.


Dr. Joshua Tepper, MD, MPH, MBA

President and CEO, Health Quality Ontario (HQO)

Dr. Adalsteinn (Steini) D. Brown, D.Phil

Director of the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation; Dalla Lana Chair in Public Health Policy; Head of the Division of Public Health Policy at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Presentation: Challenges in Quality Improvement and Opportunities for Simulation

Dr. Vincent Grant, MD, FRCPC

Emergency Physician at the Alberta Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary; Medical Director for KidSIM™ – Pediatric Simulation Program at Alberta Children’s Hospital

Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, MD, PhD, FACS

Staff surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital; Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto; Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety; creator of the surgical black box concept

Presentation: Evidence for and Return on Investment of Simulation

Dr. Glenn Posner, MDCM, FRCSC, M.Ed. 

Medical Director of the Simulation Patient Safety Program at The Ottawa Hospital; Simulation Educator for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Panel Presentations

National leaders from across Canada presented “rapid-fire” summaries of how they are applying simulation in a variety of innovative ways to improve quality of care and patient safety.

SOS! A Gaming App to Improve Care of the ElderlyRaquel Meyer, Jennifer Reguindin & David Chandross, Baycrest Health Sciences
Applied Theatre as Simulation to Enhance Interprofessional CompetenciesMelissa Tafler, Hartley Jafine & Raquel Meyer, Baycrest Health Sciences
Team training ranging from part-task sim to clinical grade cadavers in a converted hospital ambulance bayJohn Ross, QEII Health Sciences
Simulation for System Change and Staff HiringKathryn Parker, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Improving New Nurse Orientation with SimulationLara Murphy & Jennifer Yoon, London Health Sciences Centre
Simulation to Improve Alcohol Withdrawal Management in the ERSev Perelman, Mount Sinai Hospital
Improving the Quality of Team Training and Performance During Interprofessional In-Situ Code Blue SimulationsCatharine Walsh, SickKids
Trauma Resus Using In-Situ Simulation Training (TRUST) StudyAndrew Petrosoniak & Chris Hicks, St. Michael’s Hospital
Simulating Blood Transfusion in the OR to Detect Latent ErrorsDouglas Campbell, St. Michael’s Hospital
Incorporating Simulation for On-boarding of New Nurses and Professional Development: An Evolutionary ProcessJennifer Dale-Tam, The Ottawa Hospital
Simulation in the Clinical Laboratory: The Massive Hemorrhage Protocol in Transfusion MedicineMegan Parrish, Alberta Health Services & Amanda van Spronsen, University of Alberta
Culture Shift! Using Interprofessional Opportunities to “Speak Up” for Patient SafetyLorna Bain & Zaev Wulffhart, Southlake Regional Health Centre
Interprofessional Simulation to Reduce In-Hospital Sepsis Rates: A Returns on Investment ProgramJohn Parker & Alison Fox-Robichaud, Hamilton Health Sciences
System improvement through simulation-based building commissioning studiesSue Barnes & Dan Huffman, Alberta Health Services
Clinical process validation and improvement through simulation: Impact of multiple projectsDan Huffman, Alberta Health Services
The CACE Homecare Curriculum: Virtual Simulation to Improve Homecare for Older AdultsNicole Woods, Women’s College Hospital
Use of Simulation to Support Clinical Best Practice in the Home Care SectorDaria Garnier & Sandra McKay, VHA Home HealthCare
Caring Safely Campaign: Simulation to aid in hospital-wide training of error prevention and leadership methods for patient safetyLennox Huang & Emily Louca, SickKids
Simulation in the testing and design of clinical spacesLennox Huang & Emily Louca, SickKids
Sunnybrook Health Sciences: Impact of Sunnybrook Canadian Simulation Centre on Quality and SafetyAgnes Ryzynski, Sunnybrook Health Sciences


Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 2 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.


The 2016 National Forum would like to recognize and thank its partners:

  • Ideas
  • CPSI
  • Accreditation Canada
  • Health Quality Ontario
  • HealthCareCAN
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