Five Key Takeaways from the S3 ConferenceAt the S3 Conference, more than 60 thought leaders and experts in simulation offered their perspectives on the trends and developments in healthcare simulation. Here are five key takeaways from the conference:
Empowering Lifelong Learning and Innovation through SimulationIn the Day 1 Keynote Lecture, Dr David Grant, Simulation and Interprofessional Education Lead, University of Bristol Medical School, UK, highlighted how simulation can be integrated into healthcare organisations for the delivery of better patient care. Simulation functions as a form of proactive and dynamic risk management by allowing organisations the safe space to make mistakes, identify and resolve issues encountered along patient care pathways. It also builds a culture of sharing, lifelong learning and innovation, where healthcare professionals are empowered to see that they hold the answers which others need.
Ensuring the Delivery of High Quality Simulation-Based Education In the Expert Panel on “Quality Assurance in Simulation”, panellists discussed markers of quality in healthcare simulation-based education. One of these benchmarks was for learners to display improved proficiency/increased confidence after the simulation training. In order to ensure that participants truly engage with a simulation programme, two important conditions need to be fulfilled:
Successfully Commercialising Simulation Technology to Impact Patient Care In the Day 2 Keynote Lecture, Prof Bernard Morrey, Emeritus Consultant at the Mayo Clinic, USA, pointed out that simulation technology can greatly improve the value of patient encounters. Hence, there is a pressing need to successfully commercialise simulation technology; particularly disruptive technology (i.e., technology which is capable of making the greatest global impact). He identified practical concerns to note during the commercialisation process, such as understanding the strength of the concept, being supported by competent and experienced personnel, having a strong business plan, as well as adequate time and funding.
Offering Deeper Learning Experiences Through Hybrid Simulation In the Day 3 Keynote Lecture, Prof Fatimah Lateef, Co-Director for SIMS, shared on the concept of patient-focused hybrid simulation, where two or more modalities are combined in simulation training. Successful simulation training is a fictional contract between the parties involved, and requires a suspension of disbelief in order to be effective. Hybrid simulation elevates the fidelity of the simulation, which can lead to enhanced technical skills, clinical reasoning, as well as deeper and more satisfying experiences for learners.
Integrating Latest Technology into Simulation TrainingIn the Day 3 Keynote Lecture, Prof Patrea Andersen, Academic Director for Simulation and Visualisation from the University of Sunshine Coast, Australia, outlined emerging technologies used in simulation e.g., immersive visualisation technologies and 3D virtual environments. However, she emphasised that the crux of simulation training remains in helping learners read, understand and visualise the content. Learning outcomes need to determine the modality used, and educators need to adjust their facilitation methods accordingly to help learners connect knowledge to real-life clinical practice.
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