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Prof Fatimah Lateef
Co-Director, SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS) 

The SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS) is Singapore’s largest simulation facility comprising a comprehensive range of simulation modalities, cutting-edge technology and training programmes. With the strong partnership we have developed over the years, around the region and internationally, SIMS now has a bigger umbrella of activities in simulation and education. We believe the collaborative efforts and platforms available will bring us to greater heights and give rise to more opportunities in education and team-based training for healthcare professionals to sharpen their clinical skills. 

We believe that medical simulation is most effective when techniques are drawn from multiple professions and disciplines. With this in mind, SIMS was formed in 2016 to draw on the synergy of collective expertise, curriculum and resources from different simulation centres and professions within the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre.

SIMS focuses on providing comprehensive multi-disciplinary and team-based learning, and customised programmes to suit the needs of various healthcare professions and levels. Coupled with our rich legacy in clinical education and integrating simulation with research, we are well positioned to be an international leader in simulation-based training and research. 

We invite you to visit our simulation centres and discuss the wide range of educational opportunities and innovation that SIMS can offer. Together, we look forward to advancing the medical education landscape in Singapore by training more healthcare professionals to be confident and competent in their clinical skills, and pushing frontiers in patient safety for better care outcomes.

Prof Fernando Bello
Co-Director, SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS) 

Established as a leader in interprofessional simulation-based training, the SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS) is leading the way in the use of new technologies and approaches to support its mission of innovating and exploring new frontiers in simulation-based education and research.

The SIMS i3 (inspire, innovate and incubate) Hub leverages Extended Reality (XR) technology, Haptics, and Serious Gaming, to provide highly immersive, engaging and interactive environments that can recreate a myriad of scenarios for training doctors, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and medical students. Such repetitive and deliberate practice allows them to improve their skills, familiarise themselves with the equipment, the clinical environments and other team members, all within a safe and supportive setting.

Education technology innovation requires the ability to propose, pilot, test, modify and evaluate possible technology-based solutions. In partnership with SingHealth educators, the wider SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre, and key external collaborators, SIMS is building capacity and capability in the areas of Immersive Learning, Serious Gaming, 3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Learning Analytics, with the aim of providing in-house know-how and expertise that will allow us to further explore and advance the use of these new technologies.

As we continue to harness and incorporate state-of-the-art technologies into our simulation-based training offering, it is crucial to understand both their affordances and limitations, in order to ensure they are sensibly used, and that the emphasis remains on providing the best education experience. The learner must remain at the centre, with technology serving as a means and an enabler, and rigorous research and validation studies conducted to evaluate its educational value and effectiveness.