Two leading experts in simulation-based learning visited Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) to provide training in the latest methodologies and techniques in the discipline.

Course directors Dr Stefan Gisin, Director of Simulation at University Hospital Basel in Switzerland and Dr Ralf Krage, Director of the Amsterdam Simulation Centre (ADAM) at VU University Medical Center Amsterdam delivered the three-day EuSim Level 1 Simulation Instructor Course at the WCM-Q Clinical Skills and Simulation Lab (CSSL). The course imparted a wealth of specialist knowledge and skills to participants.

Simulation-Based Learning

Simulation-based learning is increasingly used in medical schools to give students the chance to gain a variety of essential skills with practice on recreated real-world scenarios. Instructors utilise a range of techniques and tools to create these scenarios, ranging from low-tech methods like role-play with standardised patients (actors trained to play patients) to state-of-the-art medical mannequins that can be programmed to exhibit a wide variety of symptoms.

Explaining the strengths of simulation-based learning, Dr Gisin said that one of the key advantages is being able to replicate learning opportunities that are not available often enough in daily clinical work, like rare diseases or very stressful or difficult situations where there is a great deal of time pressure and urgency.

The training course also demonstrated how to write and follow scripts for simulated scenarios, how to develop a simulation-based course, and how to act competently when playing a part in a role-play. The group of 16 participants who completed the course comprised physician educators, nursing educators, simulation-based learning specialists and a medical sociologist.

The most important thing is to clearly define what are the learning goals that the instructor wants to teach. They also need to understand their target group and create clinical scenarios that are relevant for them. While the learning objectives must be clear, the instructor should not tell the learners what or what not to do but should observe and then create a discussion about what was learnt, how the participants felt about the experience and how they can improve.’

Simulation Education Specialist Joshua Vognsen said that simulation-based education has expanded rapidly over the past twenty-plus years, challenging educators to become comfortable teaching using this relatively new modality.

This course provided educators with an excellent opportunity to experience simulation from both the perspective of learner as well as educator.’

According to Dr Stella Major, Associate Professor of Family Medicine in Clinical Medicine, and Director of the CSSL, the course was a continuation of efforts to provide education for simulation educators in Qatar.

With the inauguration of the annual symposium, Optimizing Health Professions Education with Simulation-Based Learning in September 2017, the WCM-Q CSSL recognises the importance of investing in developing educators’ skillsets with the new experiential teaching modalities offered by simulation-based learning.’

The course was accredited locally by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners-Accreditation Department (QCHP-AD) and internationally by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

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