CIME Newsletter

Edition 48















Message from the Directors


We’re thrilled to bring you the February edition of our newsletter, brimming with the vibrant energy of progress and innovation.


Team CIME is excited to announce that our team is diligently preparing for our upcoming international conference on healthcare simulation. Aptly named SIMPACT (Simulation. Innovation. Multidisciplinary. Person-centered. Accessible. Collaboration. Transformation.), this annual event promises to be a milestone in our journey. With the theme "New Horizons in Simulation," SIMPACT will mark AKU's first-ever international conference dedicated to harnessing the power of simulation-based education for a safer, more skilled healthcare future. Stay tuned for updates as we unveil the date and details of this ground-breaking event.


While SIMPACT will undoubtedly be the highlight of the year, our team is also working diligently on a myriad of new simulation activities designed to enhance your experience and expertise in the field.


We invite you to join us on this exciting journey as we continue to push the boundaries of healthcare simulation and education.



Dr. Faisal Ismail and Dr. Michael Moneypenny

Regional Directors (South Asia and East Africa)






















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Introducing Sim Consults


CIME has set a new standard at the beginning of the year by introducing Sim Consults, a pioneering initiative aimed at raising awareness about healthcare simulation and fostering its utilization across regions and beyond. Location is no barrier; our weekly sessions are conducted online every Friday. Sim Consults provide a unique opportunity for individuals to engage with our teams directly, free of charge and without hassle.












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The first In-Situ simulation at the hospital operating theatre


In a recent In-Situ simulation held at the operating theatre, CIME introduced Victoria, a high-fidelity birthing simulator, for the first time. The session unfolded unexpectedly when a routine day turned into a critical scenario, testing the team's response to a gynaecological emergency. The simulation began with a Code Blue alert for Victoria, who had just experienced cardiac arrest post-birth.












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Arise Study


CIME, together with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology organised a Laparoscopic Simulator Innovation Programme in partnership with innovators from Johns Hopkins University, Maryland USA. This programme focused on developing crucial technical skills, particularly hand-eye coordination in the field of laparoscopic surgery for the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residents.

























SeeMe at IMSH, San Diego!


Our team represented CIME at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in San Diego. The 24th IMSH was a record-setter with nearly 4,300 attendees and 142 companies representing 19 countries! Dr. Faisal Ismail, Regional Director for South Asia, and Dr. Rafia Durrani, Simulation Education Analyst, presented their simulation research paper, engaged in workshops, and fostered connections with leading industry experts and sim vendors.












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Student Career Fair


AKU was one of 12 Universities present at the Woodcreek School Universities Fair organised for A-level and BTEC students at the Woodcreek International School on January 12, 2024. Among these, AKU was the only that offered an undergraduate medical programme. AKU, through CIME, exhibited medical simulation on site. Other departments which took part included the Library, GSMC, MC, SONAM, and Registrar’s Office. The wide range of interests and the enthusiastic involvement of schools demonstrated how well the programme worked to encourage students at Woodcreek International School and the visiting schools to become aware of and explore their career options.




























Simulation Workshop: Management of Common Dermatological Disorders


In a collaborative effort aimed at enhancing medical education and improving patient care, CIME partnered with the Section of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, and GSK Pakistan to organize a workshop titled "Management of Common Dermatological Disorders." The workshop, tailored specifically for General Practitioners, drew the participation of 36 enthusiastic healthcare professionals eager to expand their knowledge and skills in dermatology.












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Open Day for undergraduates


CIME Nairobi was one of the key areas showcased during the most recent Aga Khan University undergraduate Open Day on January 26, 2024. Students and their guardians pooled from different regions of the country and had keen interest in our Undergraduate Medical and Nursing programmes were taken on a comprehensive tour of the Aga Khan University Centre and its facilities including CIME. Visitors were treated to a tour of the CIME facility and educated on the use of simulation-based learning in modern medical education, CIME’s high tech simulators, and various mannequins available at the centre.




























Empowering Nurses: This first Leadership Course sets the stage for Excellence


The Department of Surgery, in collaboration with CIME and the Nursing Education Services, hosted its inaugural Leadership Session tailored specifically for nurses. The session delved into unexplored territories of leadership within hospital environments, offering nurses a unique opportunity to refine their leadership skills.












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Hysteroscopy Workshop for OBGYN


CIME conducted a successful hysteroscopy workshop for Obstetrics and Gynaecology residents. The workshop was built on the collaborative efforts of CIME and its Industry stakeholders. The simulation scenarios involved a combination of expert-led sessions, peer-led simulations, and technical skills development sessions.




























Pulse Conference 2024


In a remarkable collaboration, the 5th Pulse Conference unfolded at AKU from January 12th to 14th, 2024, marking a significant stride in cardiac education and professional development. Dedicated to cardiac professionals and educators, the conference spotlighted innovative approaches to cardiovascular care and featured a series of impactful pre-workshops hosted at CIME.












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Episode 9 – Code Blue Adult Patient Care Simulator






































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