Simulus 6


We are pleased to invite you to participate in SIMULUS 6 - 6th Annual National Conference of PediSTARS in Healthcare Simulation; which will be held as hybrid format (virtual and limited physical attendance for some workshops) from 24th April to 2nd May 2021.

PediSTARS (Pediatric Simulation Training and Research Society of India) was founded in August 2013. Since its inception it has played a key role in taking forward simulation based interventions in pediatric health care. PediSTARS took forward its mission of promoting the use of simulation by conducting various workshops, conferences in different parts of the country as well as globally.

PediSTARS conducts Annual National Conferences (SIMULUS) which sees attendance of various International and National simulation experts. PediSTARS has worked successfully in conducting various simulation based courses across India such as Faculty Development Program (FDP), Simulation Training in Emergency Pediatrics (STEP), Simulation of Critical Care Emergencies (SUCCESS), Newborn Emergencies (NEO SIM) and SIMULATHON over the last 7 years to promote the use of simulation at bedside. PediSTARS has also reached out to the community to simulation train public and police personnel through its active bleeding control (ABC) for past three years. This year PediSTARS conducted a series of tele-simulation workshops during the pandemic and now launched country wide tele-simulation program in collaboration with Laerdal – Simulation Training in Pediatric and Neonatal Emergencies (SPAN-T).

The society is affiliated to Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) and the INSPIRE Group (International Network for Simulation based Pediatric Research, Innovation & Education.)

This year PediSTARS is turning the adversity of pandemic into an opportunity by going virtual; reaching out to a larger national and global audience.

International Advisory Board – Dr Vinay Nadkarni, Dr Mike Shepherd, Dr Peter Weinstock & Ella Scott
Chief Organising Chairperson – Dr Sujatha Thyagarajan
Chief Organising Secretary – Dr Pritesh Nagar
Joint Organising Secretary – Dr Vijayanand Jamalpuri, Dr Supraja Chandrasekar
Scientific Program Committee – Dr Geetanjali Ramachandra, Ebor Jacob, Rajasri Seethamraju & Sujatha Thyagarajan
Pedistars President – Dr Rakshay Shetty
Pedistars Secretary – Dr Sujatha Thyagarajan

Who Can Attend The Conference ?

  • Healthcare professionals who are interested in Simulation based training
  • Pediatricians, Neonatologists, Paediatric Intensivists, Emergency Care Doctors, Intensivists, Anaesthetists, , Physicians, Nurses, Paramedics, Simulation Technicians, Medical & Nursing Students & Faculty from all disciplines.

Workshop 1 : PediSTARS Faculty Development Program(FDP)

Due to the current pandemic and spurt of Covid cases FDP has been postponed. The next dates will be intimated later on once situation improves.

Venue : Hybrid Model (Virtually along with 10 Nodal Centres)

This workshop will be conducted by international and national experts in healthcare simulation. After completion of the course, participants will be able to design curriculum based on Simulation, conduct simulation at their workplace to improve patient outcomes and debrief multidisciplinary teams. This will be Level 1 certification. For those who want to pursue further in this field, a senior mentor would be provided to complete level 2 certification over 6 months and level 3 certification over 1 year. At the end of 1 year, after completion of level 3 training, candidates will be able to join the pool of national simulation faculty.

The FDP this year is unique in the fact that it is going to be hybrid with most sessions being virtual and breakout sessions for hands on in co-ordination with 10 nodal centres across India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. PediSTARS hopes to provide the best experience of this FDP with due importance to the safety norms due to the pandemic.

Learning Objectives:

  • Principles of adult-learning
  • Application of adult learning principles in simulated environment
  • Technical and non-technical know-how of designing simulation scenarios
  • Approach to setting learning objectives
  • Conducting a simulation scenario-nuts and bolts, preparations and pitfalls
  • Debriefing- the essence of simulation based education

Who Can Attend:

  • Healthcare professionals who are interested in Simulation Based Learning and keen to become a Trainer
  • Pediatricians, Neonatologists, Physicians, Emergency Care Doctors, Intensivist, Pediatric Intensivists, Anaesthetists, Nurses, Paramedics, Simulation Technicians, Surgeons, Obstetricians, researchers, Medical and Nursing Faculty
  • You are encouraged to come as a team from same institution (Doctor plus nurse/technician)

FDP Highlights

  • First of its kind hybrid FDP
  • Understand the role of simulation in education and quality improvement.
  • Understand and practice the principles of adult learning.
  • Understand and practice the principles of Crisis Resource Management and Multidisciplinary team training
  • Review and demonstrate effective debriefing methodology
  • Understand basic components for building a simulation-based curriculum


NODAL CO-ORDINATORS (For availability of slots at a particular centre - Please contact the respective co-ordinator by mail)

Registration Details

In selected nodal centres ONLY- register only after confirming with nodal coordinators

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Workshop 2: Curriculum Development Workshop

Date : 26th April 2021
Time : 1.00pm to 4.30 pm IST
Venue : Virtual

This workshop is planned to empower participants to develop a simulation based curriculum for all Healthcare leaners in a largely interactive format. It is going to be completely virtual this year and will present healthcare professionals to attend this novel workshop from the comfort of your homes.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the workshop the participants will be able to :

  • Describe the steps of curriculum development
  • Develop a simulation based program plan for specific instructional objectives
  • Discuss strategies for incorporating simulation into the existing undergraduate/ Post- graduate Healthcare curriculum

Who Can Attend:

  • Healthcare professionals including medical, nursing and paramedic faculty who are involved in curriculum development for simulation based teaching of Healthcare students. Participants must have a working knowledge of simulation pedagogy.


Registration Details

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Workshop 3: Advanced Debriefing Workshop
Date : 28th April 2021
Time : 2.00pm to 5.00pm IST

The workshop is conducted by international and national simulation experts. By the end of the course, participants will be equipped with advanced skills of debriefing. As facilitators of simulation based education they will learn to promote psychological safety for their learners and contribute towards enhanced learning in a risk free environment. All participants will be mentored by senior faculty and will have the opportunity to maintain skills as facilitators or trainers by becoming faculty for the workshops organised by PediSTARS India locally and nationally.

Learning Objectives:

  • Debriefing – the essence of simulation based education
  • Different styles of debriefing
  • Practice of the various styles
  • Challenging debriefing scenarios

Who Can Attend:

  • Healthcare professionals who are regularly involved in simulation based training and have some experience in debriefing and want to improve their skills further


Registration Details

Prior FDP required / for simulation educators only

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Simulus 6 Scientific Programme: 6th Annual Conference of PediSTARS on Healthcare Simulation
Innovate, Evolve and Empower
April 24th and 25th 2021
Day 1 – 24th April 2021
Session 1 – 14.00 – 16.30 IST
Theme: New beginnings!
Timings Topic
14.00 -14.05 Welcome address
14.05 - 14.15 Inauguration and Secretary report
14.15 - 14.30 Introduction of BOD and executive body
14.30 - 15.00 Key Note Presentation:
The Year we left behind! Changing face of healthcare simulation during the pandemic.
15.00 - 16.00 Oral presentations
16.00 - 16.30 Poster presentations

Day 1 – 24th April 2021
Session 2 – 20.00 – 22.30 IST
Theme: Training through tumultuous times!
Timings Topic
20.00-20.05 Welcome, Agenda
20.05 -20.30 Key Note Presentation: Breaking the Barriers - Virtual Faculty training to create Simulation Leaders
20.30 - 21.15 Panel Discussion: Curricular integration of simulation in India – The journey ahead
21.15 - 21.30 Tales of light: Tele-simulation, transforming the team-training
21.30 -21.45 Bridging the gap in training - Pandemic and beyond: VR, Mixed reality simulation
21.45 - 22.00 Ultrasound Skills Training - Probing the future
22.00 - 22.30 Debate:
Assessment by simulation – Can I get it right?

Day 2 – 25th April 2021
Session 3 – 14.00 – 16.30 IST
Theme: For a safer tomorrow    
Timings Topic
14.00-14.05 Welcome by the Chairpersons
14.00 -14.30 Key Note Presentation: Improving patient outcomes and clinical excellence through simulation-based research
14.30-15.00 Award ceremony, certification Level 3 Faculty development
15.00 - 15.45 Panel Discussion:
Let us make our hospital Safe place for Patients:  Addressing the latent threats through simulation  
15.45 - 16.00 Real event debriefing – How do I get it right?
16.00 - 16.15 Use of simulation in continuing professional development for nurses: Is it a feasible strategy?
16.15 - 16.30 Empowering Healthcare team: Simulation for Error disclosure with family
16.30 - 16.45 Debate: Is it okay for the manikin to die?

Day 2 – 25th April 2021
Session 4 – 20.00 – 22.30 IST
Theme: The path ahead!    
Timings Topic
20.00-20.05 Welcome by the Chairpersons
20.05 -20.30 Key Note Presentation: Innovations in Healthcare Simulation – Future Casting
20.30 - 21.15 Panel Discussion: Maximising the utilisation of  my simulation centre: Training, Certification, Accreditation and more
21.15 - 21.30 How do we measure the impact of simulation-based training - is the proof in the pudding?
21.30 -21.45 Simulation for non-acute areas - A roadmap for India
21.45 - 22.00 Low-cost simulation innovations: The journey of PediSTARS
22.00 - 22.30 Debate: Face to Face simulation or Distance simulation?
22.30 - 22.45 Oral and Poster winner’s Awards and closing ceremony
International Faculty
Dr.Vinay Nadkarni

Endowed Chair, Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
Medical Director, CHOP Centre for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation, USA

Dr.Peter Weinstock

Executive Director, Simulator Program (SIMPeds),
Anesthesia Chair, Pediatric Simulation Senior Associate, Critical Care Associate Professor,
Harvard Medical School Boston, MA

Dr.Kimberly P Stone

President, International Pediatric Simulation Society(IPSS) Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Co-Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Simulation Head, Systems Integration and Patient
Safety for Simulation Division of Emergency Medicine,Seattle Children's Hospital

Dr. Mike Shepherd

Director of Starship Child Health
Paediatric Emergency Specialist,
Starship Child Health, Auckland, New Zealand.

Dr.Anne M Ades

Director of Neonatology Medical Education,
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,USA

Ms. Gabrielle Nuthall

Paediatric Intensivist,
Paediatric Intensive Care Unit,
Starship Children's Hospital, New Zealand

Dr. Ashokka Balakrishnan

Simulation faculty - NUS,Singapore
Medical Educationalist, CenMED, NUS
Consultant, Anaesthesia, NUHS,Singapore

Dr.Alok Sharma

Consultant Neonatologist,Princess Anne Hospital
Southampton United Kingdom,
Director and Founder MPROvE Academy UK

Dr.Jasim Shihab

Consultant Neonatologist,
Lancashire Woman and Newborn Centre,
East Lancashire NHS Trust

Ms. Ella Scott

Interim Director Simulation and Life Support Training,
Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar

Dr.Briseida Mema

Staff Physician PICU, Critical Care Medicine
The Hospital for Sick Children,

National Faculty
Dr. Rakshay Shetty, Bangalore
Dr. Sujatha Thyagarajan, Bangalore
Dr. Geethanjali Ramachandran, Hyderabad
Dr. Vijayanand Jamalpuri, Hyderabad
Dr. Rajasri Seethamraju, Hyderabad
Dr. Jhuma Sankar, New Delhi
Dr. Rashmi Ramachandran, New Delhi
Dr. Anu Thukral, New Delhi
Dr. Ashok Deorari, New Delhi
Dr. Sunit Singhi, New Delhi
Dr. Rakesh Lodha, New Delhi,
Dr. Praveen Khilnani, New Delhi
Dr. Krishan Chugh, New Delhi
Dr. Bakul Parekh, Mumbai
Dr. Jayashree Muralidharan, Chandigarh
Dr. Dinesh Chirla, Hyderabad
Dr. Arun Bansal, Chandigarh
Dr. Ebor Jacobs, Vellore
Dr. Mohit Sahni, Surat
Dr. Somshekhar Nimbalkar, Anand
Dr. Amish Vora, Mumbai
Dr. Ashwani Sood, Shimla
Dr. Venkat Seshan, Chandigarh
Dr. Rachna Sharma, New Delhi
Dr. Preetha Joshi, Mumbai
Dr. Dinker Pai, Pondicherry
Dr. Nandini Dave, Mumbai
Dr. Aruna Ramesh, Bangalore
Dr. Rajath Athreya, Bangalore
Dr. Vinayak Patki, Miraj
Dr. Jesal Seth, Mumbai
Dr. Lalitha AV, Bangalore
Dr. Pritesh Nagar, Hyderabad
Dr. Supraja Chandrashekar, Bangalore
Dr. Akshay Kumar, New Delhi
Dr. Prabudh Goel, New Delhi
Dr. Tej Prakash Sinha, New Delhi
Dr. Meena Joshi, New Delhi
Dr. Kamal Arora, Ludhiana
Dr. Kamlesh, New Delhi
Dr. Meghna Mukund, Mangalore
Sushma Nangia, New Delhi
Maninder Dhaliwal, New Delhi
Anand Bhutada, Nagpur

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Address: #943, "Eshwari", 1st Floor,
Vivekananda Circle, Vivekananda Nagar,
Mysuru, Karnataka 570023


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