We continue to train specialists of the pilot simulation centres

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Last week, we conducted a two-day workshop on creating clinical scenarios and checklists for specialists of simulation training centres! A total of 33 participants from six pilot medical institutions of higher education with operating simulation centres attended the workshop. We also invited representatives of the project’s partner institutions: the Academy of Family Medicine of Ukraine and Bogomolets National Medical University. The workshop was conducted by Dmytro Konkov, MD, Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology #1 at the Vinnytsia Medical Institute named after M. I. Pirogov, member of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (Sesam), Secretary of the Ukrainian Association of Medical Educational Simulation Technologies.

During the workshop, its participants learned how to organize practical classes for their students, developed scenarios for clinical skills, and created checklists. The first day started with a discussion on the role of simulation training in medical education. Participants discussed what to pay attention to when preparing teachers of simulation training centres to work with students; much attention was paid to communication skills.

Participants in teams from 6 pilot higher education institutions reviewed pre-submitted scenarios, analysed its structure and components, and learned how to provide constructive feedback. By the way, the scenarios were analysed according to the following points:

  • clinical scenario objective and tasks,
  • information to be provided to students before practicing a clinical scenario,
  • target audience of the scenario,
  • realistic timing to practice scenario,
  • a list of clinical skills to be practiced,
  • checking students’ understanding of information,
  • pre-briefing and debriefing — questions to be asked before and after practicing the scenario.

On the second day, the key principles and elements of clinical scenario development were discussed and practiced. Participants-instructors together with invited student volunteers tested medical simulations according to the created scenarios. Special attention was paid to creating a clear algorithm on how students should act in continuing to practice clinical skills. The highlight of the second training day was working with students at the stations using mannequins and medical equipment. Five students from the Ukrainian Medical Student Association volunteered to assist workshop participants in practicing the developed clinical scenarios in the practical part of the session for teachers.

We would like to share with you some feedback from the participants:

  • “The cooperation of pilot medical institutions of higher education during trainings is invaluable. By our communication during offline events, we create a new culture of teaching, a community of people who are motivated to move the field of simulation in medical education forward; we find new friends among colleagues. The knowledge and skills gained during the workshop will help us to improve our training in simulation centres and thus to improve the quality of medical education”, — explains the team of participants from the Rivne Medical Academy.
  • “During the workshop, I could literally immerse myself in the atmosphere of a huge medical flashmob. In real time, we created clinical cases and provided medical care at different levels. I was convinced once again that high-quality medical simulation is a reliable way to acquire medical competencies. It was great!” — Yulia Volkova, participant of the workshop from the Kharkiv National Medical University.