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Simulation for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response

Edited by:

Guillaume Alinier, PhD, MPhys (Hons), PGCert, NTF, SFHEA, Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance Service, Doha, Qatar
Linda Sonesson, PhD, RN, King's College, London, United Kingdom

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 17 March 2025

Advances in Simulation is calling for submissions to our Collection on Simulation for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response.

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New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being.

About the Collection

The BMC Advances in Simulation Journal Editorial Board is pleased to announce a call for contributions for a new collection entitled “Simulation for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response”. In line with the saying “Prevention is better than cure”, this special issue is expected to bring together the work from a range of clinicians, educators, and researchers representing many countries, and using any form of simulation in the domain of disaster response or emergency preparedness. Whether you would like to report on innovative work you are doing with your learners using virtual reality or screen-based simulation to help them acquire patient triaging skills, have developed an interactive application to place clinicians in various simulated disaster response situations to test their decision-making abilities, or another type of simulation-based activity, irrespective of the medium used, then we would like to have the opportunity to consider your work. The scope of the type of potential or currently ongoing crisis situations that can be included in this special issue is as broad as you can imagine as long as it eventually relates to health care and simulation in the broad sense of the term, and whether it has already been applied or is under development.   

Collection can include the following possible topics: 

Preparing to deliver care in high risk environments and conflict zones; keeping healthcare professionals safe during a crisis; being ready to deal with mass casualty incidents; multi-agency crisis response exercises; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incident response exercises; human factors and teamwork in the context of a crisis situation; systems testing or simulation to learn about logistical aspects of disaster response (Equipment, resources, patient flow, relief…).

Meet the Guest Editors

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Guillaume Alinier, PhD, MPhys (Hons), PGCert, NTF, SFHEA, Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance Service, Doha, Qatar

Guillaume started his academic career at the University of Hertfordshire (UK) in 2000, where he designed, developed, and used to head up all aspects of a large multiprofessional clinical simulation centre that was a hub for collaboration bringing together students, clinicians, researchers, and engineers from various countries and disciplines. Since 2001, he has been actively involved with all the major healthcare simulation societies in the UK, Europe, and USA, and even was entrusted in being the conference Chair or Co-Chair on one occasion for each of these societies’ annual conference.
Guillaume has also been pro-active from an early stage in facilitating simulation educator and simulation technician courses and workshops internationally, and has advised on facility design on many occasions. He is regularly invited as a keynote speaker and has numerous publications in diverse aspects of simulation-based education, including a book on debriefing. He has played key roles in organizing multiagency major incidents, mass casualty tabletops and full-scale exercises. Guillaume is Visiting Professor of simulation in healthcare education at the University of Hertfordshire and Northumbria University (UK), and Adjunct Professor of Education in Medicine at  Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar.

Linda Sonesson, PhD, RN, King's College, London, United Kingdom

Dr Sonesson has strong background in medical sciences and clinical experience in global health, emergency, trauma, and military medicine. Her research focus is on medical education and applied technologies, particularly in the use of virtual simulation models underpinned by co-design methods. She is leading development of education and research programme in interprofessional team training for healthcare teams in emergency and disaster responses at King’s College London in international collaborations.
She has made significant contributions as a Principal Investigator, leading research projects on interprofessional team training during large-scale simulation exercises in disaster and emergency responses, in collaboration with the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine. Her research results have been recognized by the International Society for Surgery (ISS) and the American Association for Surgery Trauma (AAST) during the 47th World Congress of Surgery in 2017, and during the 49th World Congress of Surgery in 2022.

There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of research articles, original studies, commentaries, reviews, innovations etc. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. 

Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. Please, select the appropriate Collection title “Simulation for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response" under the “Details” tab during the submission stage.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer-review process. The peer-review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.