Guide for Assessment of Clinical Competence Using Simulation
U21 Health Sciences Group recently presented a guide for the assessment of clinical competence using simulation at the U21 HSG community during the U21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting at the University of Johannesburg in September 2017. This project is led by A/Professor Fiona Bogossian (University of Queensland) and Professor Craig Vincent-Lambert (University of Johannesburg). This 54 page guide is free and a MUST-READ for emerging and novice simulation practitioners, with a focus on assessment of clinical competence. They positioned this guide as a useful tool and resource document for health science educators who may be working in systems where the use of clinical simulation may not currently exist or, is in its infancy.
The guide begins with a clarification of selected terms and concepts applicable to clinical simulation before moving on to present options and advice on the design, construction and conduct of clinical simulations. The guide also provides suggestions regarding how one may make use of clinical simulation to gauge clinical competence and to conduct research in the simulated environment.
About the U21 Guide’s Development
Following on from two successful interdisciplinary workshops at U21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meetings in China (2014) and Chile (2015), the use of simulation for teaching, learning and assessment has surfaced as an emerging focus area for ongoing collaboration and development within the U21 Health Sciences Group.
In September 2016, a workshop was held in Birmingham to outline the results of a survey of the state of simulation activities across the U21 Health Sciences Group. Workshop participants also discussed and debated some of the key issues in contemporary simulation practice with the objective to inform the development of a U21 Clinical Simulation Field Guide, and the identification of key issues for further research.
Following the workshop in Birmingham, the layout, focus and content of the U21 Field Guide was finalized. The Field Guide is aimed at assisting novice simulation practitioners and health science academics to become more involved in the design and application of simulation for clinical teaching, learning and assessment.
About U21 Health Sciences Group
The Universitas 21 Deans and Heads of Health Sciences network was established to provide Faculty within U21 member universities with a framework for exploring opportunities for collaborative research, information exchange, and sharing of resources. Following a successful inaugural meeting of the U21 Deans and Heads of Medicine and Nursing in Singapore in 2000, membership expanded to include Dentistry and Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the group’s second annual meeting in Vancouver in 2001.
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.