Creating simulated learning environments: On site, in situ and facility-based activities

Date:  Saturday 5 September 2020
Time:  0930-1230
Location:  OFFSITE:  Teaching and Learning Centre, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (Transport will be provided)

  • Kristian Krogh, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark
  • Debra Nestel, Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education, Australia
  • Andrew Coggins, The University of Sydney, Australia
Summary of theme and why it is important:  This workshop is intended to give participants an overview of processes associated with setting up simulated learning environments. We draw on our varied experiences sharing successes, pitfalls, and challenges as we have encountered them in simulation facilities across the world. We consider all simulation modalities. Our goal is to support participants as they implement new, reestablished or extended simulated learning environments. Our examples range from small and fairly inexpensive setups to large multimillion-dollar facilities. We focus on key elements of planning and running a simulation facility of any size. This includes articulating a clear purpose for the facility, conducting needs assessments, developing relationships with potential users, setting up systems for effective functioning and establishing standards. The simulated learning environments may sit within university, health service or other environments and provide learning opportunities for pre-registration and registered clinicians. Participants will be expected to identify challenges related to their own (or potential) simulated environments and through the workshop, consider the relevance of faculty and other participants’ experiences. We will also have the opportunity for ‘hands on’ illustration of key elements of running a simulated learning environment from our host facility.
What participants will gain:  An improved understanding of approaches to creating and running simulated learning environments. Similar workshops have been conducted at AMEE2015, AMEE2017 and AMEE2019, with outstanding feedback from participants. For AMEE2020, in collaboration with senior faculty of the Scottish simulation community the facilitators have made arrangements for the workshop to be held at the Teaching and Learning Centre, Queen Elizabeth University Hospitals facilities that are focused on in-situ simulation in order to create the best possible environment for the workshop.
Who should participate:  Any AMEE participants interested in exploring approaches to starting, re-establishing or extending a simulated learning environment for healthcare education.
Level of workshop:  Introductory/Intermediate

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