Carla Sá Couto is a clinical simulation educator and researcher with a background in Biomedical Engineering. She has been a passionate simulation advocate, for over 20 years. In her early career, she was privileged to integrate a pivotal research team aiming at developing simulation technology and simulation-based educational programs and was instrumental in implementing the first simulation centre in Portugal (2003). In 2010, she shifted her interests from technology to education and started a full-time position as coordinator of the Biomedical Simulation Center of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP). From 2014 to 2022, she has been responsible for integrating simulation into undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education at FMUP.
Currently, she is a lead researcher and educator at FMUP, responsible for several simulation-based national and international research projects and pre- and post-graduation courses. She is also actively involved in several international scientific societies and initiatives (SiReN@SESAM, ASPiH, EuSim).
Her research and teaching interests are developing educational tools and strategies for clinical simulation, faculty development, and, more recently, exploring the impact of skills training on healthcare providers' attitudes/behaviours.
Carla is a nature lover and a handywoman. She loves to spend time outdoors with her two teenage daughters and husband, reconstructing their small farmhouse and caring for their veggie garden.