USIMCON INDIA 2018 was first international conference on Ultrasound Simulation Education in Healthcare to happen in India. With the theme “Minimising healthcare errors through Ultrasound training”, this event was hosted by Father Muller Simulation & Skills Centre (unit of FMCI) in partnership with tech4hc (unit of Macula Healthcare); Education partners – CAE Healthcare; Principal sponsors – Philips India Ltd, in Mangalore on Feb. 16th-18th 2018.

The program consisted of 4 Pre-conference workshops & 2-day conference. Workshops were designed to provide a pedagogic orientation with hands-on training using Blue phantoms, Ultrasound Simulators and Ultrasound machines. The various workshops conducted by resource faculties as follows – Anesthesia (Dr David Canty from University of Melbourne), Obstetrics (Dr S Suresh from Mediscan, Chennai), Emergency (Dr Rajat Gangahar from NHS Trust, UK) and Cardiac (Ms Dhanalakshmi Chandrashekaran from Narayana Hrudalaya, Bangalore).

The conference was inaugurated and institution magazine released by dignitaries on Feb. 17th 2018, at Knowledge center, Father Muller Medical College Campus.  Dr Prashanth Karajgi, Radiologist from Philips India talked about the technological advances in Ultrasonography. Thereafter, Key note Speaker Dr David Canty from Australia fostered an environment of patient safety for anesthesia faculty for their skill development using Ultrasound machine and Blue Phantoms. The various national and international speakers imparted knowledge on how to use ultrasound at Point of Care using simulation, various modalities available in OBG, peri-operative, Trauma and Critical care, ultrasound simulation education and integration into the UG and PG Medical curriculum. The orators comprised of Dr Dinker Pai, Dr Archana Baser, Dr Meghna Mukund and Ms Dhanalakshmi Chandrashekaran from India; Dr Naren Krishnaswamy and Ms Winnie Ng from Malaysia;  & also Ms Amanda Wilford from UK. Day 1 concluded with a Challenging interactive Sonoquiz by Quizmaster Dr Ramesh KG from UAE. The champions were excited about financial rewards.

The highlights of Day-2 included Speciality sessions like – need for ultrasound training in early pregnancy, Trauma, Critical care and perioperative applications; Ultrasound simulator demo and Abstract presentations. The key note speaker Dr Rajat ‘RIP’ Gangahar from UK discussed the future of ultrasound simulation training for emergency medicine.  Professor Ismail Saiboon from Malaysia exchanged views on the various ultrasound training options available. Towards the end of the day, FMSSC faculty together with CAE Healthcare and tech4hc orchestrated a Live simulation drill using ultrasound simulator and birthing manikin. It called attention to nontechnical soft skills development; particularly communication for reducing medical errors and improving patient safety.

The First International Simulation Conference (HPSN India) was co-hosted by FMMC and ACTS-YEN on December 3 – 4, 2016. It brought together the simulation community, offering collaborative workshops, hands-on learning opportunities, resources and technologically advanced Simulation Based Medical Education (SBME) solutions that enhance patient safety and improve outcomes. USIMCON India is second of its kind which focused on Ultrasound simulation and training towards patient safety.