August 8, 2020By Victoria Brazil

Scenario Design for Translational Simulation

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Presentation Details

August 25, 2020 at 12:30 PM, Pacific Coast Time Zone

Presented by: Victoria Brazil MBBS, FACEM

Presentation Abstract

Writing effective healthcare simulation scenarios is challenging. Clear learning objectives, attention to detail and balancing the cognitive load on participants is required. Clinical authenticity is critical.

When planning translational simulation activities – directly targeting health service improvement – these same principles apply. However, our scenario design also needs adaptation to accommodate new objectives, and often different delivery contexts, including in situ simulation.

This session examines the principles and practice of designing scenarios within translational simulation programs. We’ll consider whether our objectives are to 1) explore the work environment or people in it, 2) test a planned intervention/ pathway/ physical space, or 3) to educate and train healthcare teams? We’ll discuss ‘design thinking’ approaches, and plan for individual scenarios to be part of an iterative simulation strategy.

The design and content of scenario templates will be discussed, as well as how to include important issues like simulation safety and debriefing for the translational outcomes.
Finally, we’ll consider just how critical our scenario design choices can be in shaping values and culture in the workplace.

Duration (Hours): 1
Type of Offering: Webinar
Teaching Method: Lecture with Slide Presentation

Learning Objectives

  1. Articulate clear objectives when designing translational simulation scenarios
  2. Adapt scenario design principles for quality improvement outcomes
  3. Incorporate systems and safety issues into simulation scenario design

Suggested Learner Level: Intermediate

Presenter Biography

Victoria Brazil MBBS, FACEM
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Bond University

Victoria Brazil is an emergency physician and medical educator. She is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at the Gold Coast Health Service, and at Bond University medical program. Victoria’s main interests are in connecting education with patient care – through healthcare simulation, team development, and listening at conferences. She also serves as a faculty member with the Harvard Macy Institute.

Victoria is an enthusiast in the social media and #FOAMed world (@SocraticEM), and she is co-producer of Simulcast ( and she hosts the Harvard Macy Institute podcast.

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Category: Education
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