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The Canadian Simulation Centre at Sunnybrook receives accreditation

The Canadian Simulation Centre, (L to R): Susan DeSousa, Keith Rose, Sunnybrook CEO Dr. Barry McLellan, Dr. Jordan Tarshis, Alison Welch, Dr. Joshua Tepper.


After months of preparation, Sunnybrook's Canadian Simulation Centre has received accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). It is the first simulation program in Ontario to receive this distinction.

Accreditation is a voluntary process that includes an external review of a simulation program's ability to provide continuing professional development activities according to the highest standards. It recognizes that the simulation program has passed a rigorous peer review ensuring that simulation-based learning activities are planned and delivered according to the latest research.

“It is an honour to receive accreditation from the RCPSC. We are very proud of the work that we do through the Centre, and to be recognized for it is extremely rewarding,” says Dr. Jordan Tarshis, Director of Anesthesia Simulation.

The Simulation Centre at Sunnybrook was the first of its kind in Canada when it opened in 1995. It is a multidisciplinary simulation centre with a wide variety of users including medical students, residents, physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapy students. The Centre educates approximately 1,300 people every year.

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In addition to its extensive education activities, the Centre has a large research program, headed by Research Director, Dr. Pamela Morgan. Research is currently focused on team training in obstetrical emergencies, and resident training, which is headed by Critical Care physician, Dr. Dominique Piquette.

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