Aga Khan University's Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME) Hosts Groundbreaking SIMPACT 2024 Conference in Karachi and Nairobi

The Aga Khan University Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME) launched its
first-ever international conference, SIMPACT 2024, in Karachi, Pakistan, and Nairobi,
Kenya. SIMPACT 2024 brings together a diverse array of simulation professionals, including
doctors, nurses, educators, researchers, engineers, students, expert and industry leaders, to
revolutionize healthcare education for a safer and more skilled future.

The conference, held from May 20 to 21, will serve as a dynamic platform fostering
collaboration, innovation and education. With a hybrid format blending in-person events at
CIME in Karachi and Nairobi with virtual participation options, SIMPACT 2024 ensures
global accessibility and inclusivity, drawing attendees from around the world.

Dr Michael Moneypenny, Regional Director of CIME East Africa, expressed his excitement
saying, “As we embarked on this pioneering journey with SIMPACT 2024, we were thrilled
to bring together the brightest minds in healthcare education simulation. This inaugural
conference has marked a significant milestone for our region, and we were excited to explore
new horizons and drive innovation that will transform the future of healthcare training and

The conference commenced with pre-conference hands-on workshops covering specialties
such as Interprofessional Simulation, Laparoscopic Skills, Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
Paediatrics, and Cardiology Management of Dermatological Disorders in Primary Care,
facilitated by renowned experts. It also includes discussions around research and publication

Dr Sulaiman Shahabuddin, President and Vice-Chancellor of the Aga Khan University,
officially opened SIMPACT 2024, praising the efforts of the CIME teams in organising this
groundbreaking event. “SIMPACT embodies the essence of simulation-based education,
offering benefits such as enhanced patient safety, skill acquisition, team training, personalized
learning, and fostering research and innovation. In the words of His Highness, The Aga
Khan, ‘We must look to the future, seeking always to think creatively, to innovate, and to
improve.’ These sentiments resonate deeply with CIME’s vision since its inception. With 14
workshops, 93 abstract submissions, and keynote addresses from leading figures, SIMPACT
has drawn over 300+ attendees, reinforcing the importance of simulation-based practice and
charting a clear path forward.”

Day one’s highlights included the Joint Directors’ Session titled ‘Simulation 360’
transcending geographical boundaries with simultaneous sessions from Karachi and Nairobi.
Building on the success of the 2023 Healthcare Simulation Week, SIMPACT introduced a
highlight titled “Escape from Mars in 2087″. Designed by seasoned educators and technical
specialists, this challenging environment puts healthcare professionals’ skills to the test,
encouraging critical thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities.

Dr Faisal Ismail, Regional Director of CIME South Asia, remarked, “SIMPACT 2024 is not
just a conference; it’s a celebration of our collective commitment to excellence in simulation.
For the first time in our region, we have created the first simulation network of the region –
the Network for Simulation in Pakistan (NSP) – where educators, practitioners, and
innovators can collaborate and inspire each other. Together, we will push the boundaries of
what’s possible in healthcare and simulation-based education.”

Day two promises even more excitement with the official unveiling of the Network for
Simulation in Pakistan (NSP), a groundbreaking initiative poised to revolutionize healthcare
education in the region, panel discussion on, Building blocks for successful simulation
programmes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and an Abstract Showcase
recognizing scholarly endeavours. The day will conclude with an award ceremony
acknowledging the contributions of participants and the CIME team.

SIMPACT 2024 is more than just a conference; it’s a catalyst for transformation in healthcare
simulation. Attendees are poised to make meaningful contributions to patient care and safety,
shaping a future where innovation, collaboration and education converge for a safer and more
skilled healthcare landscape.