Gulf Medical University to Host Annual Simulation Conference and Olympics

Gulf Medical University to Host Annual Simulation Conference and Olympics from October 25 to 27

This year’s MEDSIM Olympics is expected to attract over 15 teams from private and government institutions

Ajman: The Gulf Medical University’s Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH), one of the leading simulation-based training center in the region, has planned to organize the “Second Annual Conference on Clinical Skills and Simulation in Medical Education (GULFSIM)” and the “Simulation Championship Competition (MEDSIM Olympics)”on October 25-27, 2016 at the Ajman campus.


We expect over 250 delegates to participate in the conference and over 15 teams from various institutions, both private and government, will be participating in the Medical Simulation (MedSim) Olympics. The Chief Guest, Dr Ameen Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and License Sector in UAE Ministry of Health, UAE will honour the speakers and award prizes to the winners of the MedSim Olympics 2016. The winners of the MEDSIM Olympics will be evaluated by a judging panel of international experts and will be awarded trophies, medals, certificates and cash prizes.

Both the events, spread across three days, will witness the attendance of local and internationally-renowned faculty in this field like Dr Jerry Morse, Director of Clinical Skills and Lead for Simulation, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, Dr Abdulaziz Boker, Director Clinical Skill Center, Consultant & Associate Professor, Dept of Anesthesia & Critical Care, College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University and Mohammad Alamar, Medical Simulation Operation Specialist, King Fahad Medical City – ATA-CRESENT, KSA, Dr Hesham Mohamed El-Saket, Professor of Pediatric & Plastic Surgery, Assistant Vice Dean of Community Service & Environmental Development for Training Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt, Dr Vanda AbiRaad, Director Clinical Simulation Center, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Program Director Residency Training, Lebanese American University – School of Medicine, Lebanon, Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Surgery and Medical Education, College of Medicine, Qatar University, Qatar, Dr. Nabil Sulaiman, Director and CEO, Clinical and Surgical Training Center, HOD Family and Community Medicine, Sharjah University and Dr Mohammad Abdul Razaq Nasaif, Training Consultant, Training and Development Center, MoH, U.AE to deliver keynote lectures as well as to conduct workshops at the conference accredited by the Ministry of Health, U.A.E.


Medical students and professionals attending the conference will gain first-hand experience of high-quality training programs, focusing on the significance of integrating simulation in health education to nurture a new generation of health-care professionals-who are practice-ready to deliver safe and high-quality care. The GULFSIM conference aims to not only provide an opportunity to network and learn from peers in the MENA region but also serve as a thought-leadership platform that inspires future innovations.

Meanwhile, the championship event where inter-professional health-care teams will encounter simulation-based patient management challenges offers participants an opportunity to effectively showcase their crisis resource management skills.Each multidisciplinary team will comprise of six members. Although participation will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis contenders are required to follow strictly the rules and regulations to register in time (deadline October 20, 2016).The semi-finals will be held on October 25 and the finals on October 27, 2016. Pre-conference workshops on “Developing Sustainable Simulation Based Education” and “Introduction to high fidelity Simulators for instructors” will be held on October 27, 2016.

Speaking ahead of the event, the Provost GMU, Prof. Gita Ashok Raj said: “We are delighted to invite delegates and teams from various colleges, universities and hospitals in the UAE to this unique conference and championship. GULFSIM and MEDSIM Olympics deliver a highly relevant learning experience to attending medical practitioners through hands-on workshops and information-rich lectures, providing an opportunity to interact renowned faculty and gain insights on the most up-to-date advances in clinical simulation.”

An event recognised for its innovative appeal, the conference witnessed a participation of more than 200 delegates from all over the country in its maiden event last year.

About Gulf Medical University:

The Gulf Medical University (GMU), owned and operated by Thumbay Group headquartered in DIFC (Dubai), is presently the most sought-after private medical university in the UAE. It is the first private medical university in UAE catering to all nationalities admitting students of both genders, presently having students from over 73 nationalities, and faculty and staff from 22 nations. GMU offers a range of courses including MBBS, BPT, DMD, PharmD and Masters Programs in Clinical Pathology, Public Health, and Toxicology. GMU is first in the region to launch unique programs like Masters in Human Reproductive Biology, Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and Masters in Physical Therapy.

GMU’s campus is the venue of both of its dedicated research centres: Centre for Advanced Biomedical Research and Innovation (CABRI), that forms the hub of the biggest laboratory chain in UAE with four full-fledged laboratories and sample collection centers across the various Emirates and the Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH), a multidisciplinary educational facility integrating simulation as an educational tool for providing a state-of-the-art, safe learning environment that promotes professional development. Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare is a member of various International Simulation associations and organizations like Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM), Denmark, Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH), Association of standardized patient education (ASPE), Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), Canadian Network for Simulation in Healthcare (CNSH), and Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) United Kingdom.

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