Simulation is becoming a reality! An overview of high level initiatives from around the world
Guillaume Alinier started his career in clinical simulation as a Researcher in 2000 at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He had a rapid academic career progression that saw him involved in a number of programmesacross the University, ranging from Pharmacy to Electronic Engineering, in the areas of assessment, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, simulation-based education, and mentoring of fellow faculty. He was instrumental in designing and running a large multiprofessional simulation centre at the University of Hertfordshire which became a hub of knowledge development and collaboration for over 10,000 students, professionals, and visitors coming through its doors annually. He has been the recipient of two prestigious UK Higher Education Academy awards, namely a National Teaching Fellowship in 2006 and a Senior Fellowship in 2009, and received his Chair as Professor of Simulation in Healthcare Education in 2011.
Guillaume has also been a Visiting Fellow of the University of Northumbria since 2009. Last year he joined the Sidra Medical and Research Center (Doha, Qatar) as Simulation Program Manager to help develop a state-ofthe-art simulation training facility and educational programs that will be used to on-board hospital staff and establish Sidra as a world-class academic medical centre. Over the years Guillaume has held national (UK) and international roles in the simulation community, notably with the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine, the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare, and the international Society for Simulation in Healthcare. He has been involved in several funded research and consultancy projects, conducted simulation education workshops internationally, and contributed to a number of journal publications and book chapters. His areas of interest are training and consultancy for the development of simulation facilitators and new training facilities, and pre- and post-registration interprofessional scenario-based simulation to improve collaborative working and patient safety.