Accreditation of Simulation Programs

Simulation-based education is a critical method of learning. The accreditation of Simulation Programs has helped advance and uphold best practices for the use of Simulation in medical education.

The Royal College is announcing a new phase in the delivery of high-quality simulation opportunities to trainees across the learning continuum. The simulation program accreditation process in its current form will be sunset, to make way for the next iteration which will entail embedding expectations for simulation education more seamlessly into postgraduate medical education (PGME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation processes.

Simulation Program Accreditation Standards
Important dates and schedule
Frequently asked questions
Accredited Simulation Programs

Important dates and schedule

Applications due to be submitted on November 1, 2022 will be accepted and the Royal College is committed to continuing usual support during the application process and throughout the accreditation cycle. Virtual site visits will take place in the winter of 2022.

Frequently asked questions

Why was the decision to sunset Simulation Program accreditation made?

Recognizing that simulation is a critical method for learning throughout the continuum, it is time to fully integrate the expectations for simulation education into existing accreditation processes. This next step is aligned with our strategic plan and aims to simplify and enhance both value and access to high quality learning experiences.

Our program’s cycle is up for renewal and we have started the process of application. Will this effort be lost?

We recognize the amount of work involved in the application process and the value placed on accreditation. Applications for programs who have started their application process for the November application deadline will be accepted and we will honor the service agreement for the full cycle of accreditation. Programs who have started their application can opt to continue with the application process or not. Any application fee submitted will be refunded if a program chooses not to continue with the application.

When will you stop accepting applications/renewals?

Applications/renewals will no longer be accepted after November 2022.

When and how will expectations for simulation education be integrated within PGME and CPD accreditation?

In preparing for the work to integrate simulation education into existing processes beyond spring 2023, an invitation will be extended to involve simulation leads and medical education stakeholders in the conversation regarding the best approach in the transition. Members of the community will be invited to actively contribute to the vision of a future system that will evolve gradually over time.

We are an accredited simulation program. What will happen to our program’s accreditation cycle?

The simulation programs will continue to be recognized as Royal College accredited programs until the cycle end date indicated on their Notification of Accreditation letter. The Royal College will continue to provide support for the duration of the cycle.

We are an international accredited simulation program. Does this change apply to me?

Yes, it applies to all Royal College accredited simulation programs.

Does my program still need to submit action plans and/or interim reports to the Royal College?

Yes, we expect simulation programs to continue working on their adherence to the national standard when possible and updating the Royal College via action plans and/or interim reports. The Royal College will continue to provide support throughout the accreditation cycle.

Will there be a lapse of time between the end of my program’s accreditation cycle and the implementation time of the future resolution?

It is likely that for some programs, some time may elapse between the end of their cycle and the integration with PGME and CPD accreditation cycles. Until the future of simulation accreditation is implemented, Royal College accredited simulation programs will continue to be listed on our website.

As a Royal College accredited simulation program, we leverage our limited provider status and accredit our simulation-based activities for the Maintenance of Certification program. Will these continue to be honored?

Yes, we will continue to honor accreditation of the simulation-based activities for the duration of your program’s accreditation cycle.

I am a member of the Simulation Accreditation Committee, when will the last meeting be held?

The last Simulation Accreditation Committee meeting is being planned for the Spring of 2023.

Are there opportunities to contribute to the development of the future of simulation accreditation?

Yes, in preparing for the work to integrate simulation education into existing processes beyond the spring of 2023, an invitation will be extended to involve simulation leads and medical education stakeholders to collaborate and advise on the best approach for the transition. If you would like to express your interest in participating, please email sim-accreditation@royalcollege.ca.

Accredited Simulation Programs

Organization

Contact person

Advanced Technical Skills Simulation Laboratory (ATSSL)
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB, Canada

Chandrew Rajakumar, MD, FRCSC
Medical Director
Email: chandrew.rajakumar@ucalgary.ca

John Kortbeek, MD, FRCSC, FACS
Associate Medical Director
Email: john.kortbeek@albertahealthservices.ca

George Mulvey
Operations Manager
Email: gmulvey@ucalgary.ca

Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre
Unity Health Toronto
St. Michael’s Hospital
Toronto, ON, Canada

Doug Campbell, MD
Medical Director
Email: douglas.campbell@unityhealth.to

Nazanin Khodadoust, RN, BScN, MHCM
Program Director
Email: Nazanin.khodadoust@unityhealth.to

Lindsay Beavers, PT, MPT, BSc.Kin
Manager
Email: Lindsay.beavers@unityhealth.to

Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics (CSTAR)
London Health Sciences Centre
London, ON, Canada

Email: cstarinfo@lhsc.on.ca

Andrew Mes, BA, MA
Director
Email: andrew.mes@lhsc.on.ca

Christopher M. Schlachta BSc (Hons), MDCM, FRCSC, FACS
Medical Director
Email: christopher.schlachta@lhsc.on.ca

Centre d’apprentissage des attitudes et habiletés cliniques
Université de Montréal
Montréal, QC, Canada

Pierre Drolet, MD, FRCPC
Director
Email: pierre.drolet@umontreal.ca

Centre de simulation Mère-Enfant
Centre du Savoir du CHU Sainte-Justine
Montréal, QC, Canada

Arielle Lévy, MD MEd FRCPC
Academic Co-Director
Email: arielle.levy007@gmail.com

Andrée Sansregret, MD, MA.Ed, FRCSC
Academic Co-Director
Email: a.sansregret@gmail.com

CAMH Simulation Centre
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Toronto, ON, Canada

Dr. Petal Abdool
Medical Director
Email: Petal.abdool@camh.ca

Stephanie Sliekers
Manager
Email: Stephanie.sliekers@camh.ca

General Inquiries:
camhsimulation.centre@camh.ca

Centre for Simulation Based Learning
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON, Canada

Telephone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 22997
Email: csbl@mcmaster.ca

Matthew Sibbald, MD, MHPE, PhD, FRCPC
Director
Email: sibbald@mcmaster.ca

Clinical Simulation Centre
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON, Canada

Daniel Howes, MD, FRCPC
Director
Email: howesd@kgh.kari.net

Mitch Doherty
Operations Manager
Email: mitchell.doherty@queensu.ca

Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre (CSSC)
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Abdulaziz M. A. Boker. MBBS, Med, FRCPC
Director

Consortium de Simulation Moncton-Saguenay-Sherbrooke
Université de Sherbrooke

Manon Ouellette
Administrative Director
Email: Manon.Ouellet@usherbrooke.ca

Dr. Hector Quiroz
Medical Director
Email: Hector.Quiroz.Martinez@usherbrooke.ca

Department of Surgery Surgical Simulation Program
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada

Bin Zheng, MD, PhD
Director
Email: bzheng1@ualberta.ca

HSN Simulation Laboratory
Health Sciences North
Sudbury, ON, Canada

Telephone: (705) 523-7100 ext. 3903
Email: simlab@hsnsudbury.ca

Mary Catherine Kerr, MD, FRCPC
Medical Lead

KidSIM Pediatric Simulation Program
Alberta Children’s Hospital
Calgary, AB, Canada

Email : info@KidSIM.ca

Kerri Landry, MBA, MDCM, FRCPC
Director
Email: kerri.landry@ahs.ca

Nicola Peiris
Team Lead
Email: Nicola.peiris@ahs.ca

Mobile Trauma Simulation Program
Trauma New Brunswick
Saint John, NB, Canada

Ian Watson
Administrative Director
Email: Ian.watson@horizonnb.ca

Dr. Jay MeKwan
Clinical Lead
Email: jay.mekwan@gmail.com

Nichola MacLean
Coordinator
Email: Nicholas.maclean@horizonnb.ca

Lebanese American University-Clinical Simulation Center
Byblos, Lebanon

Telephone: +961-9-547254 ext. 2936
Email: info.csc@lau.edu.lb

Vanda Abi Raad, MD, MHPE, CHSE
Email: vanda.abiraad@lau.edu.lb

Programme de formation de l'Académie du CHUM
Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM)
Montréal, QC, Canada

Telephone : (514) 890-8070

Natalie Beaulieu
Directrice de l’enseignement et de l’Académie CHUM
Email: nathalie.beaulieu.chum@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

Programme de Simulation de l'Institut du Savoir Montfort
Hôpital Montfort
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Telephone: (613) 746-4621

Chantale Lessard, B. Pharm, RPh, M.Sc.
Ph.D., DcompID
Director
Email: chantalelessard@montfort.on.ca

Valérie Fumas
Manager, Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Email: valeriefumas@montfort.on.ca

Programme de simulation de la Faculté des sciences infirmières de l'Université de Montréal
Université de Montréal
Montréal, QC, Canada

Haj Mohammed Abbad, Inf. MSc, Adm.
Responsable du Centre de simulation
Email: haj.mohammed.abbad@umontreal.ca

Louise-Andrée Brien, Inf. MSc
Responsable académique du programme de simulation
Email: louise-andree.brien@umontreal.ca

Rockyview General Hospital Internal Medicine Simulation Program
Rockyview General Hospital
Calgary, AB, Canada

Email: info@medsimcalgary.com

Ghazwan Altabbaa, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Director
Email: ghazwan.altabbaa@albertahealthservices.ca

Shanghai 6th People’s Hospital Clinical Skills Lab
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai, China

Ping Li
Director

SickKids Simulation Program
The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, ON, Canada

Kelly McMillen
Program Director
Email: kelly.mcmillen@sickkids.ca

Emily Louca
Education Manager
Email: emily.louca@sickkids.ca

Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning
McGill University
Montreal, QC, Canada

Telephone : 514-398-8978
Email : simrecep.med@mcgill.ca

Philippe Legault, MSc, MBA
Director of Operations
Email: philippe.legault@mcgill.ca

Sunnybrook Canadian Simulation Centre
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto, ON, Canada

Agnes Ryzynski, RRT
Director
Email: agnes.ryzynski@sunnybrook.ca

Susan DeSousa, B.Sc, RRT
Simulation Educator
Email: susan.desousa@sunnybrook.ca

University Health Network Continuing Education Simulation Program
University Health Network
Toronto, ON, Canada

Ana Lopez Filici
Operations Manager
Email: ana.lopezfilici@uhn.ca

Phoebe Lam
Coordinator
Telephone: (416) 340-4800 ext. 8748
Email: phoebe.lam@uhn.ca

University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC)
The Ottawa Hospital
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Telephone: (613) 798-5555 ext. 15927
Email: uossc@toh.ca

Glenn Posner, MD, Med, FRCSC
Medical Director
Email: gposner@toh.ca

Kevin Thomas
Manager
Email: kthomas@toh.ca

Contact

Simulation Program Accreditation
Practice, Performance and Innovation Unit
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
774 Echo Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5N8
Telephone: 613-730-6275; Toll-free: 1-800-668-3740 ext. 390
Email: sim-accreditation@royalcollege.ca

sim-accreditation@royalcollege.ca