What does the future of healthcare simulation look like to you? How can we harness the latest technologies and simulation innovations to advance the quality of patient care and safety? These were two key focus areas of this year’s S3 Conference 2019, which took place from 22 - 25 October 2019 in Academia, Singapore.

Following the success of the first Conference in 2017, the second S3 Conference returned in 2019, gathering more than 500 healthcare professionals, simulation technologists and educators from Asia, Europe and USA. Organised by three leading simulation institutes – the SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS) from Singapore, SESAM from Europe and SimGHOSTS from the United States, the S3 Conference has served as a platform for healthcare professionals around the world to share the latest knowledge and skills in healthcare simulation.
Read on to find out about highlights of the Conference as well as five key takeaways! 


Drawing from this year’s theme, “Beyond the Now: Transforming Healthcare Simulation”, the S3 Conference 2019 focused on the latest technologies in simulation and their potential to advance the delivery of patient care. Through a series of didactic lectures and experiential learning, delegates were able to expand their simulation expertise by learning about innovations such as 3D printing, virtual reality and moulage. 

Showcasing the Latest Solutions and Technology in Healthcare Education
Through a series of 12 Learning Labs, delegates were given an up close and personal experience with the latest advances and solutions in healthcare education. Healthcare and simulation companies such as MedicFX, iSimulate, Mira+ and more, showcased emerging technologies, including realistic surgical models, mobile simulation technology and exergames.

​ ​Delegates trying out the latest simulation equipment and technology at the S3 Conference 2019  

Leveraging on Serious Games to Train Healthcare Staff
Moving beyond textbooks or lectures as a mode of learning, the Conference also explored serious gaming as a way to hone the competencies of healthcare professionals. Serious games, which simulate real-world scenarios in patient care, promote interactivity and learning to improve patient care.

Jointly organised by SIMS and Serious Games Association (SGA), the finals of the inaugural SIMS Games Challenge 2019 offered teams the opportunity to design serious games to enhance healthcare learning. Five teams were shortlisted from 17 submissions to develop prototypes of their proposed games. The games were presented to a panel of judges at the finals, and delegates had the opportunity to learn about the teams’ experiences in developing the games, as well as watch live demonstrations of the game prototypes. 

Click here to view the winners of the SIMS Games Challenge.

Teams explaining their game prototypes and the journey behind creating these games
Judges offering their thoughts and comments on the game prototypes

Promoting Rich Exchange of Ideas and Discoveries in Healthcare Simulation
In the spirit of sharing best practices and the latest developments, the Conference also called for poster submissions in two categories: Technology & Operations as well as Education & Research. This year, submissions were received from Singapore and around the world, including the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. The diversity and depth of the submitted posters pointed to the exciting developments in healthcare simulation for the advancement of patient care. 

Click here to view the winners for the Poster Competition. 

​A presenter sharing about her poster in more detail during the judging

​Delegates viewing the posters 

Five Key Takeaways from the S3 Conference
At the S3 Conference, more than 60 thought leaders and experts in simulation offered their perspectives on the trends and developments in healthcare simulation. Here are five key takeaways from the conference: 

Empowering Lifelong Learning and Innovation through Simulation
In the Day 1 Keynote Lecture, Dr David Grant, Simulation and Interprofessional Education Lead, University of Bristol Medical School, UK, highlighted how simulation can be integrated into healthcare organisations for the delivery of better patient care. Simulation functions as a form of proactive and dynamic risk management by allowing organisations the safe space to make mistakes, identify and resolve issues encountered along patient care pathways. It also builds a culture of sharing, lifelong learning and innovation, where healthcare professionals are empowered to see that they hold the answers which others need.

Ensuring the Delivery of High Quality Simulation-Based Education 
In the Expert Panel on “Quality Assurance in Simulation”, panellists discussed markers of quality in healthcare simulation-based education. One of these benchmarks was for learners to display improved proficiency/increased confidence after the simulation training. In order to ensure that participants truly engage with a simulation programme, two important conditions need to be fulfilled:

1. A psychologically safe environment during the training, where participants can engage in productive and reflective learning conversations
2. Clear definable goals for the training, i.e., faculty need to identify the needs of learners and the suitability of the medium in teaching what needs to be demonstrated.

Successfully Commercialising Simulation Technology to Impact Patient Care 
In the Day 2 Keynote Lecture, Prof Bernard Morrey, Emeritus Consultant at the Mayo Clinic, USA, pointed out that simulation technology can greatly improve the value of patient encounters. Hence, there is a pressing need to successfully commercialise simulation technology; particularly disruptive technology (i.e., technology which is capable of making the greatest global impact). He identified practical concerns to note during the commercialisation process, such as understanding the strength of the concept, being supported by competent and experienced personnel, having a strong business plan, as well as adequate time and funding. 

Offering Deeper Learning Experiences Through Hybrid Simulation 
In the Day 3 Keynote Lecture, Prof Fatimah Lateef, Co-Director for SIMS, shared on the concept of patient-focused hybrid simulation, where two or more modalities are combined in simulation training. Successful simulation training is a fictional contract between the parties involved, and requires a suspension of disbelief in order to be effective. Hybrid simulation elevates the fidelity of the simulation, which can lead to enhanced technical skills, clinical reasoning, as well as deeper and more satisfying experiences for learners. 

Integrating Latest Technology into Simulation Training
In the Day 3 Keynote Lecture, Prof Patrea Andersen, Academic Director for Simulation and Visualisation from the University of Sunshine Coast, Australia, outlined emerging technologies used in simulation e.g., immersive visualisation technologies and 3D virtual environments. However, she emphasised that the crux of simulation training remains in helping learners read, understand and visualise the content. Learning outcomes need to determine the modality used, and educators need to adjust their facilitation methods accordingly to help learners connect knowledge to real-life clinical practice.

​Delegates enjoy hands-on opportunities for learning
​Our Expert Panel (Dr David Grant, Prof Debra Nestel, Dr Marc Lazarovici and Dr Stefan Gisin) discussing quality in healthcare simulation
​Delegates engaging in fruitful discussions 
during a workshop session

Hear from Our Delegates 

“Being a novice simulation trainer, the S3 Conference provided me with insightful tips and knowledge to conduct a successful simulation workshop in the near future.”

Ms Farhana Binte Jaffar 
Senior Staff Nurse, Singapore General Hospital
“The S3 Conference was a wonderful platform for me to understand the world of simulation and its integration in healthcare curriculum. It is certainly the need of the hour!”

Dr Rahul Kashyap
Dentist, Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary (SGT) University, India


“As a medical student, the Conference was a fantastic opportunity for me to broaden my perspective with regards to future of healthcare. It was a tremendous opportunity for interdisciplinary growth and development. It was a pleasure to learn from experts in world of healthcare simulation as well as showcase the work being done by my institution at such a prestigious stage.”
Mr Muhammad Ibrahim Habib
Medical Student, The Aga Khan University, Pakistan


“One of the highlights of the S3 Conference was meeting new people and forging contacts within the healthcare simulation community. Not only was I able to mingle with delegates, but there was also time to take in the vendor booths. These were invaluable learning opportunities as well.”

Dr James Li
Associate Consultant, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology,
Changi General Hospital, Singapore 

The S3 Conference will return in 2021! 
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