Background Simulation-based medical education improves applied medical knowledge, clinical skills, professional attitudes, communication and team working.1 Its benefits are increasingly recognised in undergraduate education.
Methodology High fidelity simulation scenarios were developed by the faculty, based on acutely ill patient presentations.
The programme includes a session introducing non-technical skills (NTS). Eight scenarios are run per day with the students rotating between simulation and observation. The debriefing involved both observers and those participating in the simulation and focused on NTS and clinical knowledge. Feedback was collected at the end of each session.
Results Feedback from the first term was overwhelmingly positive. 37 medical students and 6 nursing students attended. 97% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they enjoyed the course, appreciated NTS were important to their development and felt more prepared to look after the acutely ill patient.
The areas for improvement that feedback highlighted were audio quality of the video link and both nursing and medical students would like more time working with each other in a team. These issues were addressed between the two terms.
Second term feedback sheets were developed to allow more free text answers, as this was useful for the improvement and evolvement of the course. Term 2 saw 38 medical students and 12 nursing students attend. Again, feedback was incredibly positive and 95% students rated the course as good or very good.
Free text comments demonstrate the clinical and NTS supporting the acutely ill patient module and clinical care acquired during the course.
Potential Impact The high overall rating of our course by participants shows there is a role for multi-disciplinary high fidelity simulation training in undergraduate education. We believe courses such as this lead to improved clinical and non-technical skills in future health care professionals improving working relationships and patient safety.
Aggarwal R, Mytton OT, Derbrew M, et al . Training and simulation for patient safety. Qual Saf Health Care 2010;19(Suppl 2):i34–i43.
- Category: Course or curriculum evaluation/innovation/integration
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