Medical Teachers: Keep a short "Sim" in your back-pocket

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2019

Family Medicine residents at the Skills and Simulation Centre

By: Dr. Eric Wooltorton

Medical educators are always looking for fun and simple ways to ‘liven-up” bedside or classroom teaching. Want to make your teaching more engaging, and learning more meaningful and interesting (for everyone involved!)? Why not add a simple hands-on “Sim” exercise to your bedside or classroom teaching?

When we think of “simulation” many of us think about complex resuscitation exercises with expensive mannequins such as those used in ACES, MICE or ACLS. But most of us already use some form of simple simulation when we teach, whether it’s illustrating IUD insertion with little models, or helping our learners practice mock patient interviews. How can we take our use of simulation to the next level?

The fall Faculty Development Half Day starts with Essential Teaching Skills 2 (how to help struggling learners), then builds on an afternoon theme of ‘experiential learning’. Dr. Lindsay Bradley, Sports Medicine Physician and Director of the PGY3 Programs, will walk through how to build fun, focused, simple and practical simulation exercises for your office. Then Dr. Richard Waldolf, Director of the Montfort Simulation Centre, will review how your role as an ideal sim teacher shifts a bit from what we are used to (hint: it involves helping learners grow through guiding a good “debrief”).

As sim teachers, we need to ask: If someone ‘fails’ to perform a task, what was their reasoning? How does what happened relate to what they already know and have experienced? What is different and why was the experience different? How will they plan to act differently next time?

“Learning by doing” is a longstanding tradition in medical education, and simulation can be a simple, and practical teaching strategy. Join us at the Faculty Development Half Day on Tuesday, October 1 from 1:30 pm, before the evening “Practice SOOs” standardization session. This session is accredited for 5 Mainpro+ credits, and Teaching Skills Attainment Awards credits.

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