Discrete Event Simulation Workshop – Concepts and Application, 9am-5pm, 16 April 2014

Workshop Description: This workshop will provide a basic understanding of the concepts and techniques of discrete event simulation. In the morning session DES will be defined and its core components described. The workshop will also cover where it is used, for which problems it is best suited, and its advantages and disadvantages. The focus will be on the use of simulation to address problems in health care services. In the afternoon, participants will be guided in the construction of a basic discrete event simulation using ARENA software. Specifically, it will cover:

  • Components of a DES
  • How to build a model

  • Modelling of processes and resource use. Simple animation will be demonstrated.

Instructions for downloading training version of Arena will be distributed prior to the course. Participants who wish to have hands-on experience should bring their personal laptops with Arena installed.


Instructor: Jaime Caro, MDCM, FRCPC, FACP trained at McGill University, where he practiced internal medicine and is now Adjunct Professor of Medicine, as well as of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He also lends his teaching ability to other academic institutions such as Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where he is adjunct Professor of Pharmacoeconomics. After founding and leading the Caro Research Institute for more than a decade, Dr. Caro is now Senior Vice President, Research, at Evidera where he advances the company’s leadership in developing and applying novel techniques in Modeling, Health Economics, Comparative Effectiveness, Epidemiology, and Outcomes Research. Given Dr. Caro’s work and publications on more than 100 disease models, he was asked to lead the Modeling Task Force, jointly sponsored by ISPOR and the Society for Medical Decision Making, to produce new guidelines for good modeling practices. In addition, he chairs the ISPOR/AMCP/NPC Task Force that is producing a tool for the quality assessment of models. Recently, Dr. Caro has been helping the World Bank Institute and the InterAmerican Court for Human Rights address the growing problem of Supreme Courts overriding health care system decisions and ordering them to provide treatments that had been considered unwarranted. 


Target Audience: Academics, clinician researchers, health administrators, policy analysts, and students.


Level: Introductory. However, this course is designed for those with some understanding of modelling techniques.


Fees: This workshop is offered free of cost. However, participants will be selected on the basis of their research interests and relevance to their future research. Please enter your information on our online registration form. Participants will be selected on a rolling basis – so the earlier you register the better your chances of being selected.


Registration deadline: 20 March, 2014

Please email kirsten.eom@duke-nus.edu.sg for enquiries.

Sponsored by the Signature Research Program in Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR), Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School through an NMRC grant awarded to develop capacity in Singapore.

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