Hear from others about their uOSSC experiences.

“I wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you and your staff for making our first national advanced polypectomy course at your simulation centre highly successful and highly rated. Attendants came from BC to Newfoundland and in between. Importantly for our LHIN, two small hospital surgeons attended and we now have a long list for the next course which will greatly increase quality of care in our region. Stephanie and her staff were simply fantastic in the preparation and support for the course.”
Alaa Rostom MD MSc FRCPC
“Thank you for running the simulations for CARD. They went unbelievably smoothly and the participants were very appreciative of the opportunity to practice crisis management in a safe and realistic environment. We repeatedly hear that these sessions are invaluable and we are certain that it will translate into improved patient care. We look forward to collaborating again with the uOSSC.”
Drs. Simone Crooks and Tania Di Renna
Thank you for an amazing job! With over 70 participants for the Hip Symposium from all around Canada, Europe and the US passing thru the lab, it went flawlessly. It is that type of team work and delivery that makes the uOSSC a true leader. Merci!
Paule E. Beaule
I had just wanted to thank you & the UOttawa Simulation Centre for providing so many resources at our medical workshops yesterday at the Canada Science & Technology Museum. It had a resounding effect on the female high school students as they were able to interact with fun medical training equipment. The medical workshops would not have been a success without your support (nor would Medical Curiosity on Stage presentations would be successful without your support). Thank you very much!
Jonathan Whelan
Thank you very much for all the support you provided us before and during FNIHB’s PPE training. This is the second time we have used the uOSSC for training delivery (in addition to filming various videos there) and, again, we really appreciate your help in making the past two days a success. You helped us set up the rooms and gather the supplies we needed, as well as fulfilled our spontaneous requests without issues. Our training would not proceed half as smoothly if it weren’t for all of you. Thank you.
Sabrina Chung, RN, BScN, MPH
Infirmière Gestionnaire, p.i., Direction général de la santé des Premières Nations et des Inuits Services aux Autochtones Canada A/Nurse Manager, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch Indigenous Services Canada
I wanted to take a moment to personally thank all of you for helping to execute this international conference. In the end, we had about 250 attendees from over 25 countries participating in this Summit which was held for the first time in North America. I have received feedback from many of the invited faculty and participants from all corners of the globe saying that the meeting was an excellent learning experience for them. They particularly enjoyed and learned from the live surgical cases and the discussions that ensued from them. For all those who worked in the OR, it was amazing to see the team come together to execute 6 live case transmissions over 2 days with 250 people watching. We were truly able to showcase our best work to a global audience.
Munir Boodhwani
“I am compelled to write because of a recent clinical experience which so plainly highlighted the immediate benefit of the uOSSC’s non-technical simulation teaching program to a patient, a family, and resident. My simulation case was that of a preeclamptic patient with poor IV access who turned eclamptic; a very rare clinical reality. The clinical scenario was further complicated by an anxious partner. Not a week later, I encountered the precise scenario while on call, when I was called out of the operating room to assess this particular patient myself. We stabilized the patient, maintained continuous assessment of fetal status, consulted the appropriate services, and organized emergent delivery of the infant. The outcome was good for both mother and baby. Throughout the clinical event, I found myself drawing on my experience at the simulation centre. My performance during the clinical event improved in a number of ways. Role definition and communication were much better defined during the actual event. The medical knowledge was present and the treatments were provided without delay. In summary, I think that non-technical simulation is of great value. I am certain that, in my recent clinical experience, it was beneficial to a patient, her newborn, and her whole family. My recent experience illustrates to me the link between solid resident training and improved patient safety. Thank you to you and your team. Thanks for having me at the simulation centre.”
Dr. Adam Garber
University of Ottawa, Resident Obstetrics and Gynecology
“I am writing to you acknowledge and thank you for allowing us to use the Skills and Simulation Centre as a venue for the two courses we ran and the reception to introduce people to the CNIS. The two courses were well attended. They came from many places in Canada, as well as others from France, Guyana and Nigeria. This has considerably increased the number of qualified instructors available to the CNIS. All the attendees were very impressed with the facility and it was ideal for holding our courses. I have to mention the uOSSC staff. Their assistance was invaluable and their willingness to go the extra mile to make sure things happened and to solve problems was outstanding. Please convey our gratitude to them. I hope that we will be able to work together again in the future.”
Dr. Robin Fairfull Smith
Canadian Network for International Surgery
“I would sincerely like to thank you all for the wonderful support that your entire team have provided for us today, enabling an almost flawless execution of this course. Within the field of psychiatry, this is a ground-breaking initiative that will potentially lead to many more interesting findings in the field of ECT, medical education, patient safety, and simulation. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the very significant contribution and hard work done by the staff members of the UOSSC. On behalf of the entire Psychiatry Team, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your time, attention, care, and dedication to make this such a successful project. I look forward to working with the uOSSC on many more exciting initiatives in the future.”
Kiran Rabheru, MD, CCFP, FRCPC
Principal Investigator and Course Lead
“I cannot thank you enough for your assistance with this project. It was a huge success! Without the uOSSC’s support, it would not have been possible. We will be having a full write up on it in the New Year which of course I will share with you along with 1000 pictures the gang took!”
Lisa Satterthwaite
Manager University of Toronto Surgical Skills Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital
“On behalf of Westboro Nursery School’s Fundraising Committee, teachers, parents and students we would like to thank the uOSSC for its generosity in contributing to WNS’s 18th annual fundraiser. With the support of the uOSSC on November 19th, 2011, we succeeded in raising over $14 000! Over on hundred and thirty people from McKeller Park, Westboro and Hintonburg neighbourhoods attended the event. Once again, thank you for supporting your local community non-profit, co-operative nursery school.”
Westboro Nursery School Fundraising Committee
“Thank you all for your contributions in ensuring such a successful course! It was a pleasure working with all of you and we are very pleased with the feedback we have received from all participants. Each one has learned something that they can take back to their home institution and start applying immediately. The two day format was extremely well received and the participants appreciated the extensive attention they were able to receive in a small group setting. The uOSSC facility was ideal with access to live surgery along with the dry and wet labs, which were all available in one building. Thanks to the team at the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre for all of their support throughout the two days.”
Jerry Podrebarac
Professional Education Manager, Johnson & Johnson Medical Companies
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