In my career path, “I Love Simulation” stands as my guiding motto

Nelly ElChammas
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Nelly ElChammas’ passion for simulation drove her to pursue advanced studies and become a Simulation Education Specialist in Doha, aiming to establish a leading simulation center. Here is the story of how she got to this point in her career.


In 2007, during my nursing board exam in Canada, I encountered clinical simulation for the first time. Though it was a mere component of an exam, and despite its initial introduction under exam conditions, I found myself captivated by its potential and fascinated by its teaching and testing modality. Since then, my fascination with simulation only grew. 

This fascination led me to a remarkable opportunity at the Lebanese American University, where I served as a Simulation Center Coordinator. At that time, simulation was a relatively new concept in Lebanon, with few experts in the field, sparking my curiosity and driving me to delve deeper into its wonderland world; indeed, I often refer to Simulation as a wonderland world, as it offers a boundless realm where one can create anything imaginable while ensuring a safe environment for exploration and learning. I felt compelled to explore this educational method further so that we could establish a cutting-edge simulation center in Lebanon.

My passion for simulation prompted me to engage actively in various conferences as a presenter and advocate for simulation-based learning. By 2016, I had progressed to the position of Senior Supervisor at the same center. Fueled by my passion for simulation, I pursued a master’s degree in management and obtained a Simulation Diploma to enhance my ability to manage our simulation center effectively. 

Since 2012, I had been diligently seeking opportunities to pursue a Ph.D. in Simulation. Finally, during the SESAM conference 2023, I crossed paths with an inspiring colleague who encouraged me to apply to their university. To my delight, I was accepted into their Ph.D. program in Simulation.

Driven by my perpetual quest for knowledge and growth, I seized an opportunity in January of this year to serve as a Simulation Education Specialist in Doha. In this role, I am responsible for overseeing simulation education across various healthcare schools, including nursing, midwifery, paramedicine, and pharmacy. My objective is to establish a robust simulation center that bridges the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. I aspire to create a top-notch simulation center, pursue accreditation, and establish it as a leading hub for simulation in the region.

My journey in clinical simulation has been marked by unwavering love, passion and dedication. I firmly believe that simulation is a transformative tool that can revolutionize healthcare education, and I am committed to leveraging its potential to the fullest extent.

In summary, in my career path, “I Love Simulation” stands as my guiding motto.


Nelly ElChammas

Nelly ElChammas

University of Doha for Science and Technology View all Posts

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