Healthcare CommunicationMedical EducationSMACCSimulation, assessment and technology in Medical Education

.Simulation, assessment and technology in medical education.

This session brings together a panel of educators with a track record of innovation and design in medical education. Chris Nickson, Daniel Cabrera, Jenny Rudolph, Sandra Viggers, Simon Carley, Victoria Brazil, Walter Eppich & Jesse Spurr join to discuss the past, present and most importantly the future of how we will teach and learn critical care.

They address some burning questions including, what does it mean to be an educator? Is simulation the answer to everything?

What do we need from medical education to encourage healthcare professionals to thrive into the future?

They explore the changing role of the medical educator from information delivery and assessment to co-learner and developer. However, this is particularly challenging when asking senior healthcare professionals to unlearn processes.

We are encouraged to consider the role of culture. How can we create a culture which embraces learning and new ways of doing things?

How do we establish a system where positive role models are in abundance and lead by example in challenging situations?

Furthermore, the panel consider whether new technologies really change education or simply form adjuncts to traditional learning models? For example, FOAMed is so easily accessible and is an excellent tool for learning. But, how do we integrate and adapt traditional models of learning?

From DAS SMACC, our panel of experts light the flame of medical education and challenge the audience to consider the complexities and role of simulation, assessment and technology in medical education.

Tune in for an interesting and engaging discussion about medical education in healthcare.

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Walter Eppich

Experiential educationalist & pediatric emergency physician


Victoria Brazil

Victoria Brazil is an emergency physician and medical educator. 

She is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at the Gold Coast Health Service, and at Bond University medical program. Victoria’s main interests are in connecting education with patient care – through translational simulation for healthcare, and in developing high performing teams. She leads the Bond Translational Simulation Collaborative

Victoria is an enthusiast in the social media and #FOAMed world (@SocraticEM). She is co-producer of Simulcast and she hosts the Harvard Macy Institute podcast. She also serves as a faculty member with the Harvard Macy Institute.

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Simon Carley

Professor Simon Carley MB ChB, PGDip, DipIMC (RCS Ed), FRCS (Ed)(1998), FHEA, FAcadMed, FRCEM, MPhil, MD, PhD is Creator, Webmaster, owner and Editor in Chief of the St Emlyn’s blog and podcast. He is visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Consultant in adult and paediatric Emergency Medicine at Manchester Foundation Trust. He is co-founder of the BestBets website, St.Emlyn’s social media learning platforms and the MSc in emergency medicine at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an Education Associate with the General Medical Council and is an Associate Editor for the Emergency Medicine Journal. He is the lead for CPD at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. His research interests include diagnostics, Medical Education, Major incident management & Evidence based Emergency Medicine. He is verified on twitter as @EMManchester



Sandra Viggers

MD anaesthesiology co-creator of @scanfoam podcaster, blogger and educator


Jesse Spurr

For his paid work, Jesse is a critical care nurse. Much to the dismay of his ever-patient (and infinitely more successful) wife, Jesse likes to use his “spare” time doing “volunteer” work in the form of conference organising, co-producing free, open-access healthcare simulation podcast Simulcast, producing nursing practice development blog and podcast Injectable Orange, and all manner of other healthcare, research and education pseudo-academic activities. An exercise science graduate, sport and functional fitness tragic, Jesse classes himself a lifelong student of teaching, learning, health and human performance. Jesse’s proudest roles are head cheerleader for his wife, and their adult daughter, and best friend and co-navigator of life to his young son living with autism and ADHD.


Jenny Rudolph

Jenny Rudolph is a life-long athlete who brings the joy of practice to mastery learning in healthcare education, especially feedback, debriefing, and speaking up.She researches, teaches, and writes about using “good judgment” in difficult conversations. She serves as the Executive Director of the Center Medical Simulation which is dedicated to improving quality and safety in healthcare through experiential education.


Daniel Cabrera

Associate Dean @MayoMedEd


Chris Nickson

Chris is an Intensivist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also the Innovation Lead for the Australian Centre for Health Innovation and the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Education Committee. He has a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives. After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has since completed further training in emergency medicine, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology and health professional education. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit‚Äôs education website, INTENSIVE. He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference. His one great achievement is being the father of two amazing children. On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.