It was a great experience for the team representing CIME in the Annual Meeting of the Society for Simulation in Europe “SESAM”, held at Glasgow Caledonian University 12 - 14 June 2019. The Conference hosted a wide variety of activities for its participants ranging from engaging keynote lectures and state of the art sessions, along withspecialized educational workshops for all participants.
The Trade Exhibition provided the perfect opportunity to connect with representatives of companies show-casing their products and contact with individuals possessing greater knowledge and insight. Such networking was an integral part of the experience.
Three abstracts were presented by our team: ‘A Marketing and Communications Strategy for Simulation Centres’, ‘Assessing the self-efficacy of participants undergoing simulation-based training” and ‘The value of debriefing in Healthcare Simulation’. The presentations were positively received and applauded for the effort and ingenuity displayed within them, while the question & answer sessions found enthusiastic audiences wanting to learn more about the work that was being presented, as well as about CIME itself.
Our participation at SESAM had garnered within us a completely new level of respect for the field as well as new thinking with regards to educational innovation. We also had the privilege to attend SESAM AGM and made our presence felt while promoting CIME. It was indeed a unique learning experience.
Once our professional obligations were completed, we did not miss the opportunity of exploring Glasgow and its surrounding areas, with visits to several of the local heritage sites such as Stirling Castle, which is a must while in Scotland. It was built over 700 years ago, with so much history behind it. Mary, Queen of Scots once lived there. If you are interested in Scotland’s history, watch Braveheart, Mary Queen of Scots, and Outlaw King movies.
In conclusion, it cannot be stated how big an impact the conference had on us, but even more so in the establishment of CIME and its recognition in being a regional leader in simulation and healthcare.