SESAM - Society in Europe for Simulation applied to medicine


Stefan Gisin - Vice-President

Stefan Gisin



My name is Stefan Gisin, and I was elected as Vice-President of SESAM’s Executive Committee at the 2013 annual meeting in Paris, France.

I work as staff anaesthesiologist at the University Hospital in Basel/Switzerland deployed in all specialties of anaesthesia (cardiac, thoracic, neuro, obstetric etc.) with a special interest in pre-hospital emergency medicine.  I am ATLS Course Director and serve as faculty for the Swiss Board Examination in Anaesthesia (SGAR). 

For the last 12 years I have been leading our Simulaton Center «SimBa» in Basel as Medical Director. In this function I am in charge of development and implementation of a variety of course concepts for simulation-based training in our hospital and provide training for affiliated organisations. 

Our focus is enhancing patient safety with team-training (interdisciplinary, multi-professional) with a strong focus on CRM by conducting well-structured debriefings of scenarios. 

On an international level, I am a member of the advisory board of the PAEDSIM-Collaboration, promoting standardized simulation-based training in paediatric emergency medicine in all German-speaking countries. Regularly I serve as faculty for different formats of simulation instructor courses (InFACT, PAEDSIM, EUSIM).

In collaboration with the Swiss Department for Development and Collaboration (DEZA) I am involved as consultant in several healthcare education projects in Eastern European countries.

I perceive SESAM as an important international, even global organisation within medical education and healthcare. The society with its activities offers easy access for clinicians, educators and allied healthcare providers to the diverse aspects involved in simulation.

SESAM shall maintain its position as central hub in the network of simulation enthusiasts and professionals by building up new strings and anchor points and keeping this net vibrating to stimulate the effective use of simulation in education , research and medical services.

Stefan Gisin