Innovation and technology are among the pillars of simulation in healthcare. There are literally thousands of creative, exciting projects going on in simulation centers, companies, and university laboratories around the world. The purpose of this CoP is to get some of these practitioners in one room (physical or chat) and channel some of that creative energy to make our impact even higher. We also hope to provide more visibility to our activities within the SESAM society.

Come and see us at the first plenary meeting of the CoP on Thursday, June 20, 2024, from 12:45-13:45 during SESAM conference in Prague!

The main goals of the CoP in brief:

  • Reach technicians working in simulation centers and innovators belonging to academia and industry
  • Get technical specialists more involved in the SESAM society
  • Promote networking and collaboration between simulation centers, companies, and research institutions
  • Work toward a structured approach to simulators validation


The simulation technician on the job

The simulation technician on the job

Fetal head with sensors

Fetal head with sensors

Book cover
Book Cover
Vocal fold surgery simulator
Vocal fold surgery simulator

The Team:


Serena Ricci (chair) Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Genova, Italy. She teaches Medical Simulation and leads the Joint lab for Emerging Technologies in Simulation. She is on the board SIMMED, Italian Society for Medical Simulation. Her research interests include the use of technology and physiological data to develop new educational tools and improve medical and surgical training and evaluation.


Antonio Scalogna (co-chair), Simulation technician at SIMONVA, Simulation Center of University of Oriental Piedmont in Novara, Italy. He is passionate about many different aspects of technology. He worked as programmer, systems engineer and video editor, thus making him knowledgeable about many technical aspects related to healthcare simulation.


Pilar Alzuguren (secretary), research assistant of the Medical Engineering Laboratory of the School of Medicine of the Universidad de Navarra, Spain. She worked for more than twenty years coordinating and carrying out preclinical studies. Her job consists of designing simulators and is developping two main projects: the development of a vocal fold surgery simulator and an ultrasound-guided venipuncture simulator.


Willem van Meurs (member), since 1991 Willem was instrumental in the development of acute care training simulators at the Universities of Florida and Porto. Commercialized by CAE Healthcare, these simulators significantly reduced the need for training on live animals and real patients. Willem has (co)authored the books: Modeling and simulation in biomedical engineering, The dolls’ engineer, and Learning physiology in context.

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