Simulation-based education has become an integral part of medical education across a wide variety of specializations and fields in healthcare.
FREMONT, CA: Education in healthcare is much more complicated than it has ever been. Because of the rapid growth of medical knowledge, increased demand for specific training in narrow, clinically relevant skills, and continuous movement in best practice, educators are having trouble giving learners opportunities to build a comprehensive understanding of the clinical domain. On top of that, the rising emphasis on patient safety has meant that trainees can no longer get experience working with patients without initially working somewhere else first.
Medical simulation has come to be seen as a powerful teaching method that enables simulation to mimic or augment patient care scenarios and lets educators get feedback and assess learners without putting actual patients in danger. Due to new technologies that have made simulators more accurate and available, healthcare education has incorporated simulation-based training across various medical professions.
Though simulation is more popular, learners will vary considerably in their experience and how open they are to it as a training method. To provide a secure and valuable learning experience, getting learners comfortable in the simulation lab is imperative.
Role of Medical Simulation
It is possible that offering practical experience learning in the simulated environment will be hindered by several constraints. For some students, it's their first time simulating; for others, they may think they already know what to do and how to behave in the simulation. These students may feel upset if they discover they have a different idea about what they are doing in the simulation session than what the professors and others have planned.
Learners could be concerned about the realism of the simulation, which could impair their willingness and ability to participate in the simulation. On top of that, some participants may have reservations about the exercises' logistics, which would remove their concentration from the session's learning objectives. Learners may be afraid of what the simulation experience would say professionally and socially because this could lead to defensive behaviors and resentment.
Participants can be better engaged in the medical simulation environment by focusing educators on its essential features. This pre-briefing introduces students to the subject matter and serves as the foundation for all that follows. It gives educators the chance to discuss participant expectations, identify more engaging and realistic ways to create a simulation, and define the activity. They also get the opportunity to commit to being respectful to learners. The simulation setting will help create a "safe container."
Learners can face a challenge beyond their intellectual and social comfort zones. They can work to reflect on their total performance without worrying about being humiliated or made fun of. Effective pre-briefing for instructors and learners helps leverage the immersive simulation experience.