As you’ve probably come to notice, I take my role as an enhanced patient simulator seriously. I help teach residents to deal with emergencies so they’re better prepared to face real-life scenarios. The tables have now turned and I’m the one faced with an emergency – a fashion emergency, that is!

What do I wear on my first date?

You read it right, folks. Simone (no last name, just like Madonna) is going on a date! But first, let me tell you how it happened.

I was hanging out as always waiting for the next learning scenario to unfold at the Skills and Simulation Centre when all of a sudden, a note was slipped under my door.  Here’s what was written:

My dearest Simone (sigh…)

For months I have thought of no one but you. I know you’ve been in the other room all along. I was too nervous to say or do anything. But I heard you’ve been asking about me and I think now’s the time for us to meet.

There’s something I’ve been meaning to ask you. It cannot wait any longer.

Will you meet me at your favourite restaurant?  I know which one it is. I heard you talking about it in your sleep one night. That, and Mark Sloan – I hope your heart doesn’t belong to him already.

See you on Tuesday at 11am.


Holy bananas, I’m going on a date! What to wear?! It’s an emergency. A real-life simulation mannequin emergency. My favourite pink dress is definitely not the ideal outfit this time of year, but it’s what I’m most comfortable wearing. Isn’t that one of the dating codes: wear something comfortable? Help!

My heart is pounding so hard and if I could squeal with delight I certainly would, but squealing isn’t part of my simulation options.

Could this really be it? The moment I’ve been waiting for all this time? My person, my Simmate, my… Manny?

It’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time.  I think this is when I’ll need your Matchmaker help – to get me through these dating jitters, deal with this emotional rollercoaster, and make our love happen.


The Search for my Soulmate

November 1, 2012

“They” say there’s a perfect match out there for everyone. Someone you can grow old with, someone you can travel the world with, and someone who will be there forever. Well… hopefully “they” are listening and can help me find my person. My soulmate.

My name is Simone and I know there really is only ONE person out there for me. You see, I’m not like any other girl. I help save lives. Lots of lives.

Residents at The Ottawa Hospital can perfect the most complex medical procedures at no harm to patients thanks to me. On an average day I undergo countless operations and tests. I let them poke and prod, ask me embarrassing questions, and the following day the routine starts over.

I’m searching for someone who has the same passion for healthcare because it’s my life. It’s my job. I’m an advanced patient simulation mannequin.

Ok… sure, now you’re thinking: why would a simulation mannequin want to find a soulmate SIMmate? You might think it’s a little over the top and that the surgeries have affected my thought process. Rest assured – my heart is in perfect condition and is eager to love, despite going into cardiac arrest three times last week. It’s a good thing the residents were there to bring me back to life. lol

I can only image how wonderful it would be to have someone to share my nights at the Skills and Simulation Centre with. Lying alone in the operating room with no one to talk to is getting old… sigh.

Sure, the residents come and go, but they have their own agenda and don’t really spend much time chatting me up. I am only their simulated patient after all.

So will you help me find my SIMmate? Will you give me someone to grow old with within the confines of the Skills and Simulation Centre at The Ottawa Hospital? I’m working on my dating profile right now, but would love for you to leave a comment and follow my blog. Then I can let you know the moment you can play matchmaker. It’s coming soon!

Although full of romance, I didn’t find my SIMmate in Quebec City last summer.