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The AMEE Simulation Committee is charged with the responsibility of advising how AMEE can engage in and promote simulation-based education and assessment, feature simulation at its annual conference and keep AMEE members up-to-date with important developments in the field of simulation.


  • Leizl Joy Nayahangan, Denmark (Co-Chair)
  • Gabriel Reedy, UK (Co-Chair)
  • Kristian Krogh, Denmark 
  • Nancy McNaughton, Canada 
  • Debra Nestel, Australia
  • Peter Dieckmann, Denmark
  • Walter Eppich, USA
  • Barry Issenberg, USA
  • Ross Scalese, USA
  • Barry Quinn, UK
  • John Tegzes, USA
  • Zalim Balkizov, Russia
  • Michaela Kolbe, Switzerland
  • Bryn Baxendal, UK

The AMEE Simulation Committee would like to acknowledge the contributions of the following colleagues who have served the Committee over many years:

  • Lars Konge, Denmark (Co-Chair)
  • Deborah Murdoch-Eaton, UK (AMEE Executive Committee Liaison)
  • Jean Ker, UK
  • Augusto Scalabrini Neto, Brazil
  • Prof Doris Østergaard, Denmark
  • Prof Hyun Soo Chung, Korea
  • Prof Kamran Khan, UK
  • Mr Tore Laerdal, Norway
  • Prof Daisy Rotzoll, Germany
  • Prof Amitai Ziv, Israel


The AMEE Simulation Committee Journal Club

The AMEE Simulation Committee hosts a journal club annually at the AMEE Conference. Recently published scientific papers involving healthcare simulation are nominated by the Committee and presented by members of the author group themselves. Only four papers are included each year to allow for thorough presentation and interactive discussion with the participants. The AMEE Simulation Committee Journal Club has the following members on the award panel – Lars Konge, Debra Nestel, Walter Eppich, Kristian Krogh and Ross Scalese. At the end of the Journal Club participants vote for the Best Simulation Paper of the Year.

The journal club serves two purposes:

  1. To give the participants at the AMEE Conference an interesting, interactive, and quick opportunity to brush up on the latest scientific advancements in the fascinating and diverse world of simulation.
  2. To honor scholars who have undertaken important research in healthcare simulation. The Best Simulation Paper of the Year will be presented with a prize of £1,000 sponsored by the Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES)

Winners of the AMEE Simulation Committee Best Paper of the Year Award

2018: Martens H, Aggarwal R, Moreels N, Vermassen F, Van Herzeele I.  A Proficiency Based Stepwisw Endovascular Curricular Training (PROSPECT) Program Enhances Operative Performance in Real Life:  A Randomised Controlled Trial.  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg (2017) 54, 387-396.

2017: Cheung JJH, Kulasegaram KM, Woods NN, Moulton CA, Ringsted CV, Brydges R. Knowing How and Knowing Why: testing the effect of instruction designed for cognitive integration on procedural skills transfer. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2017 Apr 22.

2016: Cleland J, Walker KG, Gale M, Nicol LG. Simulation-based education: understanding the socio-cultural complexity of a surgical training 'boot camp'. Med Educ. 2016 Aug;50(8):829-41.

Symposium - Simulation in Healthcare:  Sharing stakeholder perspectives

The Symposium 3A, led by AMEE simulation committee members Peter Dieckmann (Denmark) and Kirsimarja Metsävainio (Finland) shared healthcare simulation through the lenses of different stakeholders. An international team demonstrated a simulation scenario involving manikin-based and live human simulators – often called simulated patients (SPs), followed by a debriefing demonstration. Nancy McNaughton (CA) then discussed how SPs can shed light on communication patterns. Ross Scalese (US) discussed what is needed from faculty and infrastructure to establish a simulation programme. Jan-Joost Rethans (NL) discussed the organizational and conceptual integration of simulation into curricula. During discussion between panelists and the audience it became clear that there are many connecting points between the AMEE community and the international simulation community. The symposium can be seen in full on

Post-conference meeting in Tampere, Finland

Members and friends of our AMEE Simulation Committee participated in the AMEE Interprofessional Skills Training Symposium following the AMEE Conference. The meeting took place at Tampere Skills Centre, Finland. Dr Ross Scalese shared his experiences of curriculum integration of medical simulation while Prof Liz Molloy offered her expertise on feedback and debriefing. Dr Kris Krogh represented our Committee.

ASPIRE Award Simulation

Five institutions were recipients of the first AMEE Aspire Simulation Awards. Prof Barry Issenberg has led the AMEE Aspire Simulation group in establishing standards and reviewing the first applicants. Awardees in 2017 were from the following centres:

  • Linköping University, Sweden
  • Center for Education in Medical Simulation, Saudi Arabia
  • Karaganda State Medical University, Kazakhstan
  • University of Miami, USA
  • Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada

The photograph shows colleagues from the Center for Education in Medical Simulation, Saudi Arabia with their award.

Simulation in Medical Education webinars

In 2017, SIME webinars were offered using the MedEdWorld platform.

  • Making the implicit explicit: Theories informing simulation-based education – Part 1, Debra Nestel, Gabriel Reedy & Peter Dieckmann
  • Making the implicit explicit: Theories informing simulation-based education – Part 2, Nancy McNaughton, Walter Eppich & Ryan Brydges
  • Practice and research in healthcare simulation – a nursing perspective, Michelle Kelly

Archived webinars include:

  • On the psychology of simulation, Peter Dieckmann
  • Mastery learning and deliberate practice, William McGaghie
  • Ethics of simulation practice, Nancy McNaughton
  • Lessons learned from healthcare debriefing to feedback conversations in clinical practice, Walter Eppich & Kristian Krogh
  • Key underpinning educational theories to consider with simulation-based learning, Gabriel Reedy
  • Preparing Simulated patients for OSCEs, Cathy Smith

These can be accessed at



During AMEE Conferences the Simulation Committee holds a closed meeting of committee members.


As an AMEE member you are welcome to attend the simulation track during AMEE conferences.

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