Testimonial from the UBC Family Practice Program – Indigenous Sites

“As someone who works in remote communities, Sim training is invaluable. I get to make mistakes in a safe setting where no one gets hurt, and I bring that learning to my work. So often I’m encountering clinical scenarios I haven’t yet addressed in real life but I have practiced in Sim.

With the help of St Paul’s Sim program, I am building a Sim program for the UBC Family Medicine Indigenous Site, to offer residents who work in remote Indigenous communities the opportunity to build their skills, teamwork, knowledge and confidence. I strongly believe Sim training gives doctors the confidence to do rural and remote work, who might not otherwise consider it.”

Mary Koziol, MD CCFP (she/her)
Primary Care Physician, Carrier Sekani Family Services

What’s Happening with simulation in Critical Care?

ICU Code Blue Fun Days! 

Our Intensivist lead for residents runs simulations twice a month with the full team consisting of RNs, RTs and MDs.  We run through all the ACLS algorithms, the most challenging scenarios are when the patients have a pulse!  Scenarios evolve depending on the decisions made by the Code Team Leader.


Once every 3 months, we onboard nursing staff to the Code Blue Team using simulation.  This is where mistakes are made but SimMan (I’ve named him Chad) always survives.


Testimonials: “Thank you for the experience!”  “I had forgotten that, it was nice to review it.”

PHC Simulation featured in Health Innovations Series

On October 12, a fundraising event was held by the St. Paul’s Foundation. Called the Health Innovation Series, it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase PHC’s current simulation activities to donors and to hopefully inspire longer term donors to continue to support PHC Simulation.

Thanks to the representatives from  Laerdal  for coming and setting up the mannequins.

The mannequin featured in this photo is the latest Sim Man 3G model that should be arriving to PHC in late December.

From mannequin to metaverse: Advancing experiential health care training

Someone using a laptop during a simulation.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Providence Health Care’s (PHC) clinicians at St. Paul’s
Hospital faced a growing problem. Patients were arriving daily with severe breathing difficulties, many needing breathing assistance from a procedure to insert a tube into the throat, called intubation.

Adding to the complexity, many of the patients were frail and infectious with COVID-19. Soon, the trained clinicians couldn’t keep pace with the demand for this life-saving procedure. They turned to medical simulation, using a “smart” mannequin to train additional health providers to become expert at the skill — learning in full personal protective equipment.

A protracted emergency like COVID-19, laid bare the need for expanded capacity and options for experiential training across the health care system. This became evident in central hubs like Vancouver, but also exposed the critical need to create remote experiential learning opportunities, particularly for under-served areas such as rural towns and villages and Indigenous communities.

Read From Mannequin to Metaverse: Advancing experiential health care training to learn more about the opportunities for immersive training – and beyond.

Simulation Working Group

The Simulation Resources Team meets once every two months with staff including physicians, nurses, therapists, and educators to provide updates and have discussions regarding the status of the program, any new purchases, updates to the transition to New St. Paul’s Hospital, and more.

If you are interested in joining our Working Group, please email Malavika at