Creating simulated learning environments: On site, in situ and facility-based activities

Date:                    Sunday 25th August

Half Day:              0930-1230

Level:                    Introductory/Intermediate


  1. Kristian Krogh, Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark
  2. Peter Dieckmann, Capital Region of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and University of Stavanger, Norway, Denmark
  3. Michaela Kolbe, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
  4. Karl Schebesta, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
  5. Bernhard Rössler, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
  6. Debra Nestel, Monash University and University of Melbourne, Australia

Summary of theme and why it is important: This workshop is intended to give participants an overview of processes associated with setting up simulated learning environments. We draw on our varied experiences sharing successes, pitfalls, and challenges as we have encountered them in simulation facilities across the world. We consider all simulation modalities.
Our goal is to support participants as they implement new, reestablished or extended simulated learning environments. Our examples range from small and fairly inexpensive setups to large multimillion-dollar facilities.  We focus on key elements of planning and running a simulation facility of any size. This includes articulating a clear purpose for the facility, conducting needs assessments, developing relationships with potential users, setting up systems for effective functioning and establishing standards. The simulated learning environments may sit within university, health service or other environments and provide learning opportunities for pre-registration and registered clinicians. Participants will be expected to identify challenges related to their own (or potential) simulated environments and through the workshop, consider the relevance of faculty and other participants’ experiences. We will also have the opportunity for ‘hands on’ illustration of key elements of running a simulated learning environment from our host facility.

Who should participate in the Pre-Conference Workshop?  Any AMEE participants interested in exploring approaches to starting, re-establishing or extending a simulated learning environment for healthcare education.

What will they gain from participating? An improved understanding of approaches to creating and running simulated learning environments.
Similar workshops have been conducted at AMEE2015 and AMEE2017, with outstanding feedback from participants.
For AMEE2019, in collaboration with senior faculty of the Austrian simulation community the facilitators have made arrangements for the workshop to be held at the Medical University of Vienna’s Simulation facilities that are focused on in-situ simulation in order to create the best possible environment for the workshop.

Cost: Euros 90 (includes coffee)


  • Pre-conference Workshop participants must also register for AMEE 2019 and pay the conference fee.
  • NO transport provided.  Participants are required to travel independently, or meet at Austria Center at 0830 to travel as a group on public transport.


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