Northern Rural Simulation Resources

Northern Rural Simulation Resources

Revised: November 2023

Contributors:: Holly Sarvas, Joseph Newing

Northern Simulation Network

The Health Sciences North Simulation Lab hosts tri-annual meetings for a Northern Simulation Network starting in Winter 2024. The goal of this network is to create connections and collaborations for our centers to work together sharing key information on running a simulation centre/department, creating and conducting high quality simulation for our healthcare professionals and learners.

The aspiration is to have regular virtual meetings on topics that are of interest to the participants, with a centralized sharing platform for documents, chats, and ideas between meetings. If you have any questions about this initiative, please email [email protected].

Website Resources (

‘A completely free, open-access learning platform looking to make simulation and case-based education accessible to all. Made with rural and low-resource settings in mind, [they] look to provide novice and non-expert facilitators with all the tools they might need to deliver effective learning for their peers or students - all in a non-commercial way. Through [their] searchable database, healthcare professionals can access curated, user-generated, simulation scenarios and clinical “snapshots’’ on a variety of topics, geared towards a variety of different allied health professions.’ (PRACTISS, 2023)

British Columbia Simulation Network (

‘The BC Simulation Network (BCSN) is a community of practice that provides British Columbia’s health care simulation centres, programs and enthusiasts with a forum in which to discuss and advance ideas at the intersection of health professions education, simulation practice, technologies, ongoing competency and delivery of health services. It provides an opportunity to share resources and align operations in an effort to improve access and use of simulation provincially.’ (BSCN, 2023)

RNR (Rural & Remote Resuscitation Rounds) (*Physician-focused) (

‘RnR Rounds is an ongoing, simulation-based CPD program currently available live in Calgary, AB or virtually from anywhere with a robust internet connection. We are a group of like-minded colleagues dedicated to improving the care of the sickest patients in rural Canada and beyond. Rural/remote resuscitation, initial critical care, point of care ultrasound, and transport preparation are a few areas we focus on, as we support each other on the path to becoming amazing Rural Resuscitationists. For physicians unable to access a physical sim lab on a regular basis, virtual participation (via video-conference and robotic video-presence technology) is a unique opportunity to learn no matter where you are located.’ (RnR, 2023).