The SESAM Mentoring Programme is a working alliance in which individuals work together over time, on a one-to-one basis, to support the personal and professional growth, development, and success of the relational partners through the provision of career and psychosocial support. This mentoring programme focuses on building leadership / education / expertise pipelines by providing the opportunity for the mentee to gain exposure and mentorship opportunities from senior healthcare simulation experts.

The SESAM Mentoring Programme will provide a framework within SESAM for Members to establish collaborative problem solving / improvement goals to work on for a period of up to two years. 

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SESAM Mentoring Programme – Application form.

To register your interest as a Mentee, please complete the application form and email to sesam@worldspan.co.uk specifying your requested Mentor.

SESAM Mentorship agreement

MENTOR PROFILES

Crina L Burlacu, MD (UCD IE), MSc (NUI IE), FCA RCSI, DEAA, Dipl in Manag

Working country: Ireland

Current role: Consultant Anaesthesiologist; Anaesthesia Simulation Lead; Airway Lead; Associate Clinical Professor, National Cancer Screening Service/St. Columcille’s/St. Vincent’s Hospitals; and University College Dublin

Experience with simulation > 10 years

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What is my motivation to become a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

I am an experienced clinician and educator who has fulfilled leadership roles both in healthcare setting and in simulation-based education therefore I potentially have a lot to offer. Some of my areas of expertise are as in the following:

I set-up and advanced the award-winning College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland Simulation Training programme. I was involved in all areas of curriculum design, scenario writing, piloting and conduction, faculty development, simulation centre management and administration, quality assurance and research.

I have co-founded the Irish Association for Simulation and fulfilled the Chair position for 2 consecutive terms.

I took part as a speaker and workshop co-ordinator in multiple simulation activities.

I supervised more than 35 joint clinical and simulation fellowships therefore I have experience in mentoring young people with an interest in developing simulation education skills including scenarios writing, simulator operation, debriefing, and programme evaluation.

For more information on our activities and research output, please visit www.anaesthesia.ie > education > simulation.

 

What I hope to contribute as a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

I would hope to be able to offer guidance to colleagues in relation to developing a simulation programme from the bottom up and make it successful. Ireland is one of the 5 countries in Europe which has mandatory simulation training for anaesthesia trainees.

 

I would be able to advice re obstacles and limitations of setting up a progarmme and how to overcome them. 

 

I would be able to advice re TTT training/faculty development

 

I can offer advice re fellowships, goals and expectations and how to make fellowships popular and successful.

 

Nationality: double Irish & Romanian

Role in the simulation activities: National Simulation Programme Director 2008-2022; Hospital-based Anaesthesia Simulation Lead since 2010;

Other: Founder and Past President of the Irish Association for Simulation

https://people.ucd.ie/crina.burlacu

linkedin.com/in/crina-burlacu-355230132

Ulrich Strauch

Working country: Netherlands

Current role: Director Sim center/ Intensivist, Maastricht UMC+

Experience with simulation: > 10 years

Areas of interest: Leadership, management, faculty development

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What is my motivation to become a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

The SESAM mentoring program is a unique chance forth both partners to grow through, I am a passionate educator, though I like to share knowledge and experience but also I experienced that discussing with younger colleagues frequently gives new insights in the discussed subject, helps to reflect and thereby facilitates also own evaluation.

 

What I hope to contribute as a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

To help mentees to grow further in a faster way, help them to detect possible preventable mistakes, promote intensified engagement of younger SESAM members within the SESAM community end thereby help to build on a continuous leadership development for SESAM.

Ian Curran

Working country: Singapore/Australia

Current role: Vice Dean Education, Co-Director Academic Medicine Education Institute, Duke-NUS Medical School

Experience with simulation: 25 years

Areas of interest: Leadership, Transformational culture change, Faculty Development, Poor performance management

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What is my motivation to become a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

To give back and support those who want to take simulation to the next level.

I have always benefited from mentors so want to pay this forward and help develop the next generation of simulation leaders for Europe and beyond. I also find mentoring a very rewarding experience which also helps me grow, reflect and develop.

 

What I hope to contribute as a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

My time, support, insights and leadership to help others grow and develop as educators and leaders.

 

Nationality: British/Irish

Role in the simulation activities: Facilitator, program manager and sim center director

Areas of interest: Leadership, Transformational culture change, Faculty Development, Poor performance management

Fouad Marhar

I've been passionate about simulation for more than 15 years, and for more than 6 years now I've been supporting simulation projects at every stage of their development, in academic, scientific and operational settings, through my consultancy and training activities. I'm an anesthesiologist, intensivist and chronic pain expert in public hospitals and an also consultant expert in innovation and e-health. I host two podcasts (Sim Moove and Beyond healthtech) on these subjects in French and play an active role in disseminating information. Member of many scientific committees in simulation and start-up ecosystem, I try my best to contribute to the next generation healthcare system. I’m also a research associate in a laboratory (LAPSco Clermont Ferrand) that studies stress at work and promoting stress consequences of COVID-19 with the COVISTRESS Cohort

Working country: France

Current role: Physician. CEO Training and Coaching Company, DIACONEA

Experience with simulation: >10 years

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What is my motivation to become a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

I can provide some potential motivations for becoming a mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme but for sure it will not be exhaustive:

 

1/ Giving Back: Many individuals who have achieved success in their careers feel a sense of fulfillment by giving back to others. Becoming a mentor will allows me to share my knowledge, skills, and experiences to help others grow and succeed.

 

2/ Paying It Forward: Mentors often had their own mentors or received support and guidance during their career journeys. I see mentoring as an opportunity to pay it forward and contribute to the development and success of others.

 

3/ Leadership Development: Serving as a mentor can enhance a person's leadership skills. I see mentoring as a chance to refine others communication, coaching, and mentoring abilities, which can have a positive impact on their own professional growth.

 

4/ Building Relationships: Mentoring offers an avenue to establish meaningful connections with mentees. I will really enjoy the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships, expand my network internally, and connect with motivated individuals.

 

5/ Personal Satisfaction: Mentoring can be personally rewarding. Seeing mentees grow, overcome challenges, and achieve their goals can bring me a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.

 

6/ Knowledge Sharing: Mentors often have valuable expertise and insights that they want to share with others. I really have a passion for the field and a desire to contribute to the development of the next generation of professionals.

 

What I hope to contribute as a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

For sure I will bring my energy, my positivity and my trust in the future of the industry. My relationship with the french area community is also a really important advantage that I could also bring to the SESAM Mentorship Program

I have many experiences in the different area of simulation, internationally and being in this program could let me enter the SESAM community more deeply by my best interest which is coaching, mentoring and training.

 

Nationality: French

Role in the simulation activities: Train the trainer, Facilitator, Mentor

Areas of interest: Education, Coaching, Innovation, Leadership, Adult Learning, Neurosciences

https://www.linkedin.com/in/fouad-marhar/

Fouad

Pier Luigi Ingrassia

Working country: Switzerland

Current role: Scientific Director, Centro di Simulazione (CeSi), CPS-MT Lugano

Experience with simulation: >10 years

Areas of interest: Leadership, Research, Management

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What is my motivation to become a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

I think the motivation is similar for the mentee as well as for the mentor: gain new perspectives and fresh ideas to become a better leader. I consider mentoring is a unique opportunity to step outside my normal circle of friends and colleagues and to learn how to collaborate with people

to whom I don’t have a natural and direct connection, helping people finding the best path forward. I think, also, mentoring is a great way to have a direct insight into what goes on in other areas and, at the same time, to gain an understanding of how younger generations see things.

 

What I hope to contribute as a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

I’d like to help mentees create a long-term plan and strategy for their career. Because our career paths are likely complex, it’s important to clarify what our career goals are. I hope to use what I’ve learned to inform mentees’ choices for their career. Setting effective SMART goals is not an easy task. These goals can help focus the mentee's efforts and speed up their achievements. Based on my experience, I can offer advices on how to perform particular tasks or develop useful skills. Moreover, I hope to contribute to build mentee's professional network, connect them to potential individuals and professionals who can help them.

 

Nationality: Italian

Role in the simulation activities: Facilitator, Sim Center Director

Areas of interest: Leadership, Research, Management

LinkedIn: https://it.linkedin.com/in/ingrassiapierluigi

Kirsty Jane Freeman

Working country: Australia

Current role: Academic Lead, The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia

Experience with simulation: >10 years

Areas of interest: Leadership, Research, Management, Education, Policy

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What is my motivation to become a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

Being a mentor offers me personal fulfillment. I find deep satisfaction in sharing my knowledge and expertise with others, knowing that I have the opportunity to make a positive impact on someone's professional and personal life. Mentoring allows me to contribute to the mentee’s growth and development, which can be incredibly rewarding. Becoming a mentor has allowed me to give back and help others navigate challenges and achieve their goals, just as others have done for me in the past. Mentoring is not a one-way street; it offers me opportunities for personal and professional development. By guiding and supporting others, I can enhance my own leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills. Mentoring has also provided me with fresh perspectives and insights that benefit me, the mentee, and our community. By sharing my knowledge, wisdom, and experiences, I can help shape the next generation of leaders, professionals, or individuals in healthcare simulation.

 

What I hope to contribute as a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

I hope that by sharing my knowledge, wisdom, and experiences (successes and failures), that I can help shape the next generation of leaders, professionals, or individuals in healthcare simulation. I hope that my involvement in the program may also grow the membership of the Society, as it id through engagement with the Society that people can develop their engagement in the community of practice.

 

Nationality: Australian

Role in the simulation activities: Sim centre director, simulation educator, simulation scenario designer, researcher

Areas of interest: Leadership, Research, Management, Education, Policy

https://research-repository.uwa.edu.au/en/persons/kirsty-freeman-2

Jeffrey Lemmers

 

My name is Jeffrey Lemmers, born in 1991, living in The Netherlands. From background I am a nurse anesthesia, and because of my passion for education, I did get my teachers degree. During the teachers period, I've specialised myself into the simulation education, from the educationalists' perspective. On this day, after more then 10 years of experience, I am an educationalist for clinical simulation education in Rotterdam, which means I am developing simulation-based education courses, securing and enhancing quality of learning and performing research for educational justification of (XR-) simulation education and assessment with simulation. Also I am the educationalist for the DUTCH program in The Netherlands.

 

With my experience and knowledge, I would love to mentor the mentee with education innovation and building curricula in a simulation-based way. Adapting and facilitating to your needs, we will make much progess together.

Working country: Netherlands

Current role: Educationalist, Erasmus MC

Experience with simulation: 5-10 years

Areas of interest: Education, Innovation

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What is my motivation to become a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

By becoming what I am now, I’ve had mentoring as well. It helped me a lot and I think others deserve this as well. As an educationalist, I may help in the field of education and innovation. By letting the mentee work, I hope I hope to give them the insight they need to proceed.

 

What I hope to contribute as a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

I’ve made multiple curricula, also simulation-build. I’m also in a program as head-educationalist to adapt/ develop innovative into curricula.

 

Role in the simulation activities: facilitator, operator, (curriculum) developer

Nationality: Dutch

 

Areas of interest: Education, Innovation

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-lemmers-641516109

Jeffrey

Soledad Armijo

Working country: Chile

Current role: Director Centro de Simulación Clínica, Universidad Católica del Norte

Experience with simulation: >10 years

Areas of interest: Leadership, Research, Management, Education, Innovation, Policy

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What is my motivation to become a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

 

After 23 years working in undergraduate settings, I recognize some strategies and tools that has been useful to promote the development and assessment of clinical reasoning, patient centered communication, teamwork, wellbeing and reflective thinking in undergraduate medicine, nurse, and allied health professions students. I want to offer this experience to the SESAM community.

 

What I hope to contribute as a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

My interest areas and experiences are undergraduate education, clinical reasoning, and reflection in high-fidelity and standardised patient simulations, as well as students' well-being in simulation. Including undergraduate faculty development programmes and teaching resources. I hope to make contributions in these topics, and also provide a perspective from Latin-American simulationists to the global perspective of our education and assessment practice.

 

Nationality: Chile

Role in the simulation activities: Director Centro de Simulación Clínica, Universidad Católica del Norte

Serena Ricci

Working country: Italy

Current job: assistant professor of biomedical engineering

Experience with simulation: 5 years

Areas of interest: Technology, Simulators design and development

‚ÄčLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/serena-ricci-2705b185

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Serena Ricci is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Informatics Bioengineering Robotics and Systems Engineering, University of Genova, IT, where she teaches Medical Simulation and leads the Joint lab for Emerging Technologies in Simulation. She has a PhD in Bioengineering and Robotics from the University of Genova, in collaboration with CUNY school of medicine, New York, USA and a master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Genova.

From 2016 to 2019 she worked as research assistant at the Neuroplasticity Lab of the New York City College. After the PhD, in 2020, she started working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Simulation and Advanced Education Center of the University of Genova. In 2021, she was affiliated visiting researcher at the Innovative Immersive Technologies for Learning of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in Trondheim, NO. Since 2023, she is in the board SIMMED, Italian Society for Medical Simulation. Her research interests include the use of technology and physiological data to improve medical and surgical training and evaluation.

What is my motivation to become a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

I would like to support young simulationists who are starting their research projects and play my role to improve research in healthcare simulation. When I began working in simulation as a master's student, my institution had just started dealing with medical simulation, and therefore my mentors had no direct experience in the field. Hence, we faced new challenges together and I learned so much from them and from our collaboration. Even though I am a young assistant professor, I would be honoured to grow and learn with the mentees and advise them according to my experience, but also by working together and have different views.

What I hope to contribute as a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

As a Biomedical Engineer, I could support mentees in the technological part. This includes the design and development of educational tools, as well as the selection of the most appropriate simulator and/or technology to carry out an experiment. Also, I could advice the mentee during the definition of the experimental design, the pipeline, and provide suggestions on how to collect, analyse, represent the data and, if needed, how to prepare a scientific publication.

Marc Lazarovici

Working country: Germany

Current job: Head of Simulation Centre, INM/KUM

Experience with simulation: more than 10 years

Areas of interest: Leadership, Centre Management and Research

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What is my motivation to become a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

Basically, this is what I am doing anyway, trying to pass on my experience and grow professional networks of younger colleagues. So being able to do this in a more structured environment, also linked to SESAM, is very much appealing to me.

 

What I hope to contribute as a Mentor in the SESAM Mentoring Programme

Understand the needs of younger colleagues and help them grow in the direction they would like to go, by contributing with my experience and network.

 

Nationality: German

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/marc-lazarovici-752b597/

 

To register your interest as a Mentee, please complete the application form and email to sesam@worldspan.co.uk specifying your requested Mentor.

SESAM Mentorship agreement

To request more information please contact sesam@worldspan.co.uk