NHET-Sim Programme Virtual Workshops Celebrate Healthcare Simulation Week 2020

Jennifer Harlim PhD, Programme Manager at NHET-Sim Programme submitted today’s article showcasing the Australia organization’s medical simulation workshops — which are available online to global champions for the first time ever! The NHET-Sim Programme is participating in the Healthcare Simulation Week 2020 by launching a version of its face-to-face workshops virtually. The programme has been offering the face-to-face workshops to complement the e-learning modules locally in Australia — which is open to anyone in the world!

The NHET-Sim Programme is participating in the Healthcare Simulation Week 2020 by launching a version of its face-to-face workshops virtually. The programme has been offering the face-to-face workshops to complement the e-learning modules locally in Australia. Covid-19 restrictions have impacted on the delivery of these workshops. In response, this led to the development of the virtual versions. As COVID-19 restrictions have impacted on the delivery of these workshops, the team  developed these virtual versions.

The workshops are re-formatted to suit virtual delivery with full day workshops being split into 2-days, shorter sessions of 2 hours each. The workshops will be delivered via Zoom. The cost of each 2 days x 2 hours workshop is AU$350 (GST included).


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The new platform also made it possible for the programme to offer the sessions to International participants. Usually to access the e-learning programme, the fee for non-Australian-based practitioners is AU$120. However, the workshop fee includes complimentary access to the e-learning platform for 3 months for both local and International participants.

The first sessions held during the Healthcare Simulation Week 2020, will be facilitated by Cathy Smith (BA (hons), MA, PhD, CHSE) who has worked as a simulationist in health professional education for over 25 years.

Cathy’s accolades include the Ruedy Award (Canadian Association of Faculties of Medicine) for innovation in medical education; the Blizzard Award (Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) for outstanding teaching; the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Outstanding Educator Award; and the SIMone Simulation Citizen of the Year Award. A long time ASPE member, she is the current chair of the International Committee. She serves on the editorial board of Advances in Simulation and is the Deputy Director of the Simulated Patient Network.

The sessions offered during the Healthcare Simulation Week 2020 are:


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Module C2: Being a simulation educator

15 Sept – 8:30 am to 10:30am (Session 1) | 16 Sept – 8:30 am to 10:30am (Session 2)

This module covers basic principles of simulation with particular focus on educational design for simulation scenarios, briefing and debriefing practices. We consider what it means to be a simulation educator. Even if you are mainly involved in technical aspects of simulation-based education (SBE), we considered it important to be exposed to the core elements of the work of a simulation educator. This module facilitates formation of a local community of practice by bringing participants together to discuss and practice SBE and training techniques.

Module S5: Simulated patient methodology & Module S6: Patient focused simulation

17 Sept – 8:30 am to 10:30am (Module S5) | 18 Sept – 8:30 am to 10:30am (Module S6)

Module S5 introduces some core facets of simulated patient (SP) methodology. The focus is on preparing SPs to work in healthcare simulations. The module describes a systematic approach to SP methodology. The module addresses issues at the level of the clinical training program (e.g. scenario development, alignment with curriculum, assessment etc) and at the level of the individual SP (e.g. casting, performance training etc). You are encouraged to think creatively about the breadth of content to which SPs can contribute to your own practice and to reflect on current approaches.

Module S6 explores the expanding practice of hybrid simulations also known as patient focused simulations. That is, the ‘combining of simulators’ – usually a simulated patient (SP) with a skills trainer (e.g. bench top, VR simulator etc). Here we briefly revisit some of the concepts in Module S5 – Simulated patient methodology, but consider their application to procedural and operative skills. That is, in patient focused simulations. We also explore the contribution of hybrid simulations to sequential simulations and the role of feedback, especially as offered by SPs. You are encouraged to think creatively about the application of patient focused simulations in your practice.

Module C2: Being a simulation educator – (Session 1: 7 Oct – 2-4pm, Session 2: 8 Oct – 2-4pm) — Facilitated by Shane Pritchard Dr. Shane Pritchard

This module covers basic principles of simulation with a particular focus on educational design for simulation scenarios, briefing and debriefing practices. We consider what it means to be a simulation educator. Even if you are mainly involved in technical aspects of simulation-based education (SBE), we considered it important to be exposed to the core elements of the work of a simulation educator. This module facilitates formation of a local community of practice by bringing participants together to discuss and practice SBE and training techniques.

More About NHET

The NHET-Sim Programme is designed for individuals from all professions across Australia who currently or intend to use simulation as an educational method with students or health/social care professionals. The NHET-Sim e-learning modules are comprised of 2 core modules and 12 elective modules. NHET-Sim provides entry level learning experiences for individuals new to simulation-based education. For those with experience in simulation-based education, NHET-Sim provides an opportunity to reflect on existing and future simulation practices. The NHET-Sim Programme consists of ~40 hours of learning activities designed to be completed over three months. The aim of the NHET-Sim Programme is to support individuals in using simulation as an educational method for health and social care students and professionals to help improve clinical training capacity.

Learn More About NHET-Sim’s Online Healthcare Simulation Courses!


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