4th Annual Hot Topics In Simulation Education

Duration: 1 Day
Date: Oct 19, 2016

Symposium: 9:30 AM — 5:00 PM
Networking Cocktail Reception: 5:30 PM — 6:30 PM


Held at NYSIM facilities in New York City, this one-day symposium draws top simulation educators, experts and researchers from around the country who lead a lively day of plenary sessions, panels, discussions, poster presentations and breakout sessions.


Rose Hatala, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Rose Hatala is a general internist and associate professor at the University of British Columbia. She is actively involved in simulation-based medical education (SBME) and is an associate editor for the journal Simulation in Healthcare. She has a career in medical education research with a focus on assessment, and is interested in how simulation is used for learner assessment. She is a co-author in an international collaboration using meta-analysis to investigate the effectiveness of SBME for learning and assessment.

Debra Nestel, PhD FAcadMEd CHSE-A
Debra Nestel is Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare, Monash University, Australia. Debra is Editor-in-Chief, Advances in Simulation (, the journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). She is program lead for the Master of Surgical Education (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), a program designed for surgeons interested in advancing their educational practice. Debra co-leads the Master of Surgical Science, University of Melbourne – a program designed for junior doctors interested in pursuing a career in surgery. She is an honorary professorial fellow at Imperial College, London and Graduate Faculty Scholar in the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Central Florida. Debra leads a national program for simulation educators – NHET-Sim ( and a state-based network in simulated patient methodology ( Debra has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, recently published a book on simulated patient methodology (2015), has edited a book on healthcare simulation to be published in 2016 and is now editing a book on surgical education for release in 2017.

Carol Fowler Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Carol Fowler Durham is a Professor and Director of the Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment (EISLE) in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Durham seamlessly integrates excellence in teaching with long experience in practice and scholarship to improve the ways faculty prepares the future nursing workforce. As a member of the RWJFs Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project, she developed simulation-based educational experiences that reflect cutting-edge pedagogy. Dr. Durham has made significant and sustained contributions in interprofessional education and is a leader in preparing faculty to integrate quality and safety into their curriculum and their teaching. Disseminating her work widely via publications, presentations and online modules has extended its impact around the world.

Dr. Durham is a visionary leader in practice-based education, and is a highly sought consultant by simulation and skills laboratory faculty. Dr. Durham has presented at regional, national, and international conferences on simulation, quality and safety, and safe patient handling and movement. She exquisitely guides faculty to creatively address the practical challenges of teaching practice. She exudes such confidence and enthusiasm for excellence in teaching, practice and scholarship that faculty are inspired to continually pursue innovation and creative approaches to improving students’ preparation for practice.

Dr. Durham’s expertise and innovations in quality and safety education have been widely recognized. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education. Dr. Durham received the 2010 Academic Achievement Award from Western Carolina University. She received the Alumni of the Year award from the University of North Carolina and Western Carolina University in 2008. In 2005 she was awarded the Nurse Educator of the Year from the NC Board of Nursing. She is immediate Past President of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning.

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