Aga Khan University Centre for Innovation in Medical Education Regional Director Dr. Michael Moneypenny & Director of Strategic Initiatives Graduate School of Media and Communication Gitonga M’Mbijjewe during the SIMPACT conference aimed at sharpening medical practitioners’ skills in health simulation for a safer healthcare future. PHOTO/COURTESY
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Medical practitioners in Kenya sharpen their skills in health simulation during a two-day conference organised by The Aga Khan University Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME)


Simulation-based education is revolutionizing healthcare education for a safer and more skilled future by recreating medical scenarios within the actual clinical environment, providing learners with immersive and realistic experience.


Dubbed SIMPACT, to signify simulation and impact, the conference has provided a dynamic platform fostering collaboration, innovation and education. SIMPACT 2024 is making meaningful contributions to patient care and safety, shaping a future where innovation, collaboration and education converge for a safer and more skilled healthcare landscape.


Dr Michael Moneypenny, Regional Director of CIME East Africa, expressed his excitement saying,

As we embarked on this pioneering journey with SIMPACT 2024, we were thrilled to bring together the brightest minds in healthcare education simulation. This inaugural conference has marked a significant milestone for our region, and we were excited to explore new horizons and drive innovation that will transform the future of healthcare training and practice.”


The conference commenced with pre-conference hands-on workshops covering specialties such as Interprofessional Simulation, Laparoscopic Skills, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, and Cardiology Management of Dermatological Disorders in Primary Care, facilitated by renowned experts. It also includes discussions around research and publication essentials.


Dr Sulaiman Shahabuddin, President and Vice-Chancellor of the Aga Khan University, officially opened SIMPACT 2024, praising the efforts of the CIME teams in organising this groundbreaking event.

SIMPACT embodies the essence of simulation-based education, offering benefits such as enhanced patient safety, skill acquisition, team training, personalized learning, and fostering research and innovation. In the words of His Highness, The Aga Khan, ‘We must look to the future, seeking always to think creatively, to innovate, and to improve.’ These sentiments resonate deeply with CIME’s vision since its inception. With 14 workshops, 93 abstract submissions, and keynote addresses from leading figures, SIMPACT has drawn over 300+ attendees, reinforcing the importance of simulation-based practice and charting a clear path forward.”


The hybrid conference held in both Nairobi, Kenya and Karachi, Pakistan, brought together a diverse array of simulation professionals, including doctors, nurses, educators, researchers, engineers, students, expert and industry leaders. The hybrid format blending in-person events in Karachi and Nairobi with virtual participation options, SIMPACT 2024 ensures global accessibility and inclusivity, drawing attendees from around the world.


Dr Faisal Ismail, Regional Director of CIME South Asia, remarked,

“SIMPACT 2024 is not just a conference; it’s a celebration of our collective commitment to excellence in simulation. For the first time in our region, we have created the first simulation network of the region – the Network for Simulation in Pakistan (NSP) – where educators, practitioners, and innovators can collaborate and inspire each other. Together, we will push the boundaries of what’s possible in healthcare and simulation-based education.”



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