Simulation and Clinical Placement National Discussion - Teleconference Series

Presented by the Simulation Knowledge Exchange – Research Network, in collaboration with the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science


Who are we?

In collaboration with CSMLS, the Simulation Knowledge Exchange – Research Network consists of representatives from 13 academic organizations with medical laboratory science programs (MLT and MLA) from across Canada. These individuals share a common interest in creating profession specific research and evidence based information on simulation and clinical placement topics. Together, we aim to increase our national understanding of these through research and knowledge transfer activities.

What is the Teleconference Series?

The Teleconference Series is one of our goals to help disseminate knowledge and increase networking opportunities. It is a place to listen to important information on simulation and clinical placement innovation that is happening within and outside our programs. Also, it is a place to hold a national conversation on relevant topics you deem important!

The length of the Teleconference Series will be determined by you! As long as you identify important topics, we will continue the series. It is expected that 10-12 presentations will be held at this time.

What are the topics?

Click here for a list of presenters and topics! Check back often for updated information and printable posters.

Why should I join the discussion?

The results of the CSMLS Simulation and Clinical Placement Forum (April 2016), held with educator stakeholders, identified a strong need to create a productive place for presentations, discussions and networking opportunities that promote innovation and opportunities for program enhancement. Our academic programs, students, professionals and clinical placements sites are undergoing dramatic changes, and will continue to do so over the next several years. We need to continue our conversations on what this change is, how it will affect us, and what solutions can help. For many, changing our simulation and clinical placement models will support this.

Who can attend?

All CSMLS members are welcome to join! The Teleconference Series is open to all individuals associated with medical laboratory science programs (MLT and MLA) and those who have an interest in simulation and/or clinical placement models and innovations.

If you know of a non-CSMLS member who would like to join our discussion, please contact with their name, organization and contact information.

Can I present a topic or discussion?

Yes! The Research Network and CSMLS welcome all individuals with a knowledgeable background and interest to participate!

Please contact Laura Zychla, CSMLS Researcher at with your name, presentation topic or discussion idea, contact information including program or organization affiliation, and preferred timeline to present.

Proceeding will be held in English, unless French speaking individuals volunteer for a presentation or discussion.

Can I recommend a topic or discussion?

Yes! Please submit your presentation topic or discussion recommendation here!

How do I call into the teleconference?

Click on the presentation date in the ‘Upcoming Presentation’ section below. Click on the ‘Join the Teleconference’ green button for further teleconference instructions.



Teleconference Schedule: Recurring on the 4th Monday each month from 12-1pm EST. Download the poster here. Posters specific to presentations can be found in the corresponding events below.

  Jan 23rd 2017, 12-1pm EST [Click here for details]

Presenter: Rhonda Shea, BSc MA MLT

Topic: Learn what simulation is and is not! Understand the do’s and don’ts! This introductory SIM 101 presentation will help create our collective understanding of the topic and how simulation can support students, employers, clinical instructors and academic programs.

Watch this video prior to the presentation

Download the presentation slides: LabSiRG: Sim 101

  Feb 27th 2017, 12-1pm EST [Click here for details]

Presenter: Dr. Peter Bridge, Academic Chair of Medical Laboratory Sciences at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN

Topic: A Laboratory Information System (LIS) is a core component of the simulated clinical experiences at Michener. We use a fully functional version of MediTech which is maintained and administered for us by a partner hospital and has bi-directional interfaces with microbiology, chemistry, hematology and POCT analyzers at Michener. Students use a full range of functions such as Patient Registration, Laboratory Order Entry, Bar Code Label Printing, Sample Receiving with Integrity Comments, Result Verification and Broadcast. Our long-term goal is to expand this system to become a true Hospital Information System (HIS) that includes and interacts with other departments as a means to further enhancing interprofessional collaboration between laboratory and direct patient care disciplines.

Download the teleconference poster: Laboratory Information Systems and Simulation

Handouts may be available prior to any presentation. Please check back prior to joining the teleconference.

  March 27th 2017, 12-1pm EST [Click here for details]

Presenters: Brenden O’Brien and Judy Tran

Topic: The student’s perspective of simulation and clinical placement.

Think you know what the latest generation of students is experiencing? Think again! Hear candid first-hand experiences from recent graduates and the latest research on how simulation can support their learning experience and what they encounter in the clinical placement setting – the good and the bad! Understand how the student voice is imperative and should be better integrated to the perpetual communication loop between academic programs and clinical placement sites.

  April 24th 2017, 12-1pm EDT [Click here for details]

Presenter: Nancy Lemelin, Cégep de l’Outaouais.

Topic: Critical thinking and problem solving skills – how can simulation help bridge the gap between academic institutions and the workplace?

The clinical laboratory is a dynamic work environment that requires employees to think critically, be flexible, organized and to problem solve when needed. How can educators help students develop these learning skills and become better entry-level technologists? By making thinking more visible through simulation. This presentation will also include a brief insight into our clinical placement model and how our program is searching for ways to better prepare students and to help support them during their clinical placements.

  May 22nd 2017, 12-1pm EDT [Click here for details]

Presenter: Laura Zychla, CSMLS

Topic: Simulation and Clinical Placement Employer Forum 2017 - Continuing the Discussion

The Employer Forum, held by CSMLS on April 29th (Toronto, ON) and co-hosted with Michener, will result in discussions that make change - just as the Educator Forum in 2016 did! Join this presentation to hear what was discussed at the Forum, the solutions contemplated and the opinion of experts on how to derive change that fits our future. Also, find out the results of the CSMLS Employer Survey and what clinical placement teams need to build a bright future for students and staff.

  June 26th 2017, 12-1pm EDT [Click here for details]

Presenters: LabSiRG

Topic: Debriefing and Simulation

Debriefing is a critical component of simulation and likely one of the most misunderstood. Hear from simulation experts on the importance of debriefing, how to effectively debrief and much more! This presentation will showcase leading research as well as provide you with practical information that can be implemented in your program immediately.

  July 24th 2017, 12-1pm EDT [Click here for details]

Presenters: Michele Sykes, Red River College

Topic: MLS New Media Technologies

An exploration of immersive technologies as an avenue to address constraints in training students or new practitioners in the laboratory environment. Learn how some new innovative tools of were created, developed, and implemented at Red River College, as well as future opportunities currently being investigated.

  August 28th 2017, 12-1pm EDT [CANCELLED]

Cancelled for summer holidays

  Sept 25th 2017, 12-1pm EDT [Click here for details]

Presenters: Joël Rivero, BScMLS, MLT is an award-winning allied health educator and student work placement facilitator at NorQuest College (Edmonton, AB). He has facilitated professionalism, effective communications, and social media workshops across Canada, and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Communication and Technology degree at the University of Alberta. 

Topic: Current students are savvy in social media but they don’t always understand how it can apply to their future profession or how profound a learning tool it is. There are many avenues social media can be incorporated to support students such as learning about information privacy and professional etiquette. But it doesn’t stop there! Join the teleconference to understand how social media can be used within the content learned during simulation and how it can be an active tool driving simulation. 

  Oct 23rd 2017, 12-1pm EDT [Click here for details]

Presenters: Greg Hardy

Title: Cost Conscious Simulation

Topic: The presentation provides an overview of simulation using low fidelity techniques at the College of the North Atlantic with third-year medical laboratory students. It will include the program structure and how simulation is utilized in each of the laboratories to supplement clinical training in a cost conscious era.

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  Nov 27th 2017, 12-1pm EDT [Click here for details]

Presenters: Cheryl Russell-Julien and Team

Topic: Curricula harmonization for MLA Programs



The Research Network and CSMLS welcome all individuals with a knowledgeable background and interest to participate! The Teleconference Series has two formats from which you can choose:

  • Presentations – Mainly, a one-way communication tool on a particular subject. Leave room for discussion at the end of the presentation. No visual aids will be available.
  • Discussion – A two-way communication tool to discuss a particular topic or seek information from participants. Prepare 3-5 questions. No visual aids will be available.

Topic Ideas (but not limited too):

  • Have you created or used simulation within your program that was a success and you would like to share the experience?
  • Do you use a unique model or process for your clinical placement program that supports students, the clinical site and the academic program?
  • Has your program reduced its clinical placement hours? What was the reason? What did you learn?

Please contact Laura Zychla, CSMLS Researcher at with your name, presentation topic or discussion idea, contact information including program or organization affiliation, and preferred timeline to present.


Future Presentations

LIS and simulation – Clinical sites are indicating a preference for students to be trained in the local LIS prior to entering the clinical placement as it allows for more time spent on achieving competencies. What research exists on LIS and simulation, and what can our programs do to support clinical placement sites?

Student Perspective – Are you sure you understand the unique needs of this generation of students? How do they learn best? What do they perceive as benefits and opportunities for growth in the clinical placement setting? How can we support their voice more as we look to the future? Hear first-hand experiences from recent students!

Employer Perspective – What support do employers need to help students learn while ensuring they are fiscally responsible when considering clinical instructor time and training, resources, and availability of opportunities? Find out the answers to these questions and hear how similar our needs are nationally!

Simulation – What is the proof? – Simulation is considered to be an evidence based tool in other health professions. Find out what are the most pertinent studies are in health science, the trends for the future and how these are applicable for medical laboratory science programs.

Debriefing – Learn about the importance of simulation debriefing as well as the evidence to support its use. Join the presentation to understand how debriefing is a necessary tool to support students and professionals.

*Presentation topics and descriptions may change at any time. Please check back frequently for up to date information.

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