Advanced Technical Skills Simulation Laboratory at the Cumming School of Medicine

The Advanced Technical Skills Simulation Laboratory (ATSSL), is a state-of-the-art facility that allows medical trainees and practicing professionals the opportunity to acquire, practice and develop their skills in a safe learning environment.

Simulation in medical education is fundamental to producing proficient and confident healthcare professionals and subsequently enhancing patient care and safety. Simulation learning offers many advantages such as access to unique customizable experiences, freedom to make mistakes and cause no harm, and the provision of detailed feedback and evaluation. The ATSSL will enable the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine to become leaders in simulation-based medical education.

The ATSSL received accreditation as a Simulation Program from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in June 2018.

The ATSSL, is committed to providing innovative and interdisciplinary simulation-based medical education.
We continuously aim to produce effective, confident and safe medical and surgical professionals, while improving patient safety and quality of care.

OUR VISION

Global leader in innovative simulated education and assessment for health professionals to improve patient outcomes.

OUR MISSION

Design and facilitate individual and team-based simulation education for an inclusive community of diverse learners, offering a full complement of simulation modalities in a safe environment.

Effective design of appropriate quality simulation activities, incorporating a cost-effective, evidence-based approach

Support research and scholarship into simulated education and assessment activities.

Maintain a high-visibility, excellent reputation validated through retention of full accreditation.


NEWS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

September 2021 Memorial Service Delayed:

The Body Donation Program has come to the difficult decision to postpone the September 2021 Memorial Service and interment due to public health recommendations for the COVID-19 pandemic. Our priority is the health and safety of the families and friends of the generous individuals who have donated their bodies for medical education and research, and we wish to honour these donors in a way that allows all participants the opportunity to join us in the ceremony. The service is now set to take place in September of 2022.

Further information will be posted on the BDP website, and a formal invitation will be sent to the families of those who will be included in the 2022 ceremony once the time and date has been set.

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ACLS:

The ATSSL is excited to soon offer the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Program.

Planned dates are:

  • August 10th, 2021
  • September 14th, 2021

For more information, or to be notified when registration is live, please email clinicalskills.atssl@ucalgary.ca.

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SimCapture Video System:

As of February, the ATSSL now has a SimCapture video system available to users. SimCapture allows you to effectively manage, record, and assess simulation training, both on-site and in-situ. Capture audio, video, annotations, patient monitors, and simulator data in a single web-based interface.

  • Synchronized capture of multiple camera angles
  • Simulator data capture and visualization
  • Use your mobile device to record sessions and do debriefings
  • Medical device capture (EKG, Ultrasound, EMR)
  • Video annotation and session self-reflection
  • Debrief from anywhere using just a browser
  • Secure, mobile-friendly and cloud-based

For more information, or to learn how SimCapture can be implemented in your simulation sessions, please email clinicalskills.atssl@ucalgary.ca.

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As of January 1st, 2021 the ATSSL has a new MEDICAL DIRECTOR AND ASSOCIATE MEDICAL DIRECTOR


DR MARCIA CLARK’S DEPARTURE AS ATSSL MEDICAL DIRECTOR

The Advanced Technical Skills Simulation Laboratory Team bids our Medical Director, Dr. Marcia Clark a fond farewell. Since 2015, as the ATSSL Medical Director, Dr Clarke played a significant role in change, adaption, and ultimately improvement of simulation curricula locally, nationally and internationally. Dr Clarke played a key part in the ATSSL, joining over 20 other accredited national and international simulation labs, in the receipt of accreditation as a Simulation Program of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) in 2018.

While Dr Clark is stepping down from her role as the ATSSL Medical Director, she will remain a prominent part in the UCalgary simulation-based learning community. She continues to hold a UCalgary clinical faculty appointment and is the Vice-Chair of Surgical Foundations at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) helping to frame and implement Competency Based Medical Education in Surgery across Canada.

Please join the ATSSL in thanking Dr Clark for all her hard work and wishing her the very best as she pursues her next great endeavors.


ATSSL HIGHLIGHTS
To see highlights of past years, please review our Annual Reports:
2020-2021 ATSSL Annual Report
2019-2020 ATSSL Annual Report
2018-2019 ATSSL Annual Report
2017-2018 ATSSL Annual Report
2016-2017 ATSSL Annual Report
2015-2016 ATSSL Annual Report


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