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Opening speeches

Prof. Guntis Bahs, Vice-Rector for Health Studies, Rīga Stradiņš University

Prof. Jürgen Lorenz, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Life Science, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Simulation-based education in Baltic countries

MODERATORS: Jürgen Lorenz (Germany), Oļegs Sabeļņikovs (Latvia)


Jürgen Lorenz (Germany)

The role of simulation-based medicine in quality and safety of medical care

Simulation-based medical education (SBME) has made significant progress within the last decade. The series of Baltic sea symposia on simulation and virtual reality for health care education and patient safety started in 2016 in Riga and aims to update and share the experiences and research in the field of SBME within the medical education community of the associated universities. This review focusses on the major features of SBME with special emphasis on knowledge and skill acquisition in critical care procedures in pre-clinical settings and inter-professional training scenarios of mass casualty victims. Four areas will be addressed and discussed: i) selection of simulation modality and fidelity; ii) integration of curricular content for technical and non-technical skills; iii) definition and record of outcome measures; iv) feedback and debriefing.


Oļegs Sabeļņikovs (Latvia)

Simulation-based medical education in RSU

Since 2015 when Department of Clinical Skills and Medical Technologies has been established with the main goal to facilitate and to harmonize simulation-based medical education (SBME) in the Riga Stradiņš University a remarkable progress is reached. SBME now is an integral part of underand postgraduate curricula in medical education. Current report focuses on the activities and a potential for future development and advances in the field of SBME.


Arūnas Gelmanas (Lithuania)

Simulation-based medical education in Kaunas University


Q&A, Panel discussion



Topicalities in simulation-based education


Reinis Balmaks (Latvia)

Telementoring for simulation instructor training and faculty development

Simulation-based training is essential to provide high quality medical care and it requires access to equipment and expertise in debriefing. Technology can facilitate connecting educators to training in simulation-based instructional design, especially in remote settings. We aimed to explore the use of remote simulation faculty development in Latvia using telesimulation and telementoring with an experienced debriefer located in the United States (US).


Marina Šarkele (Latvia)

Challenges in multidisciplinary simulation

According to the latest worldwide practice in medical simulations, multidisciplinary team trainings play important role in junior doctor and specialist education. Multidisciplinarity during simulated clinical cases is a challenge for both instructor and team members. Wide spectrum of technical and non-technical skills makes planning process even more attractive.


Pier Luigi Ingrassia (Italy)

Edutainment, Gamification and effective training: the SIMCUP experience

It has been demonstrated that simulation can meet the general educational goals of transfer of knowledge, strengthening of cognitive strategies, and skill development while adding a dimension of team training. An important change in medical and nursing education is the arrival of millennial students. To ensure success, medical educators need to know and accept the unique characteristics of these new learners.

The use of gamification is becoming more and more popular to motivate teaching and learning, also in the medical field. Gamification is the process by which users are encouraged and enticed to perform tasks by incorporating elements of game design and competition. Inherent reward and enjoyment can foster motivation. The effectiveness of competition in medical education has been well supported in the literature.

Taking inspiration from the SimWars, the competition format was modified and a new simulation competition was designed with the aim of engaging participants to partake in deliberate practice and to experiment using different types of simulations and simulators. The education value of this new format will be demonstrated. Our 4-year experience with SIMCUP and its grounding pedagogical and educational rationales will be reported.


Q&A, Panel discussion




Mārtiņš Pikšis (Latvia)

Novel Technique for Radiation Dose Visualization in Large Space


Marija Jurčenko (Latvia)

Perception of Usefulness of Clinical Skills in Medical Students and Young Doctors


Anna Miskova (Latvia)

Self-learning for medical professionals – is it good or bad?


Ilona Zariņa (Latvia)

Video visit in home care


Ardis Bērziņš (Latvia)

Patient Death In High-Fidelity Simulation – Outcomes Measuring Medical Student Self-Confidence And Emotions


Registration onsite 2 April from 8:00 to 9:00