NEWS & EVENTS
FIRST FACULTY COURSE IN PERFORMANCE FEEDBACK AND SIMULATION IS A SUCCESS!
Nine faculty completed the Performance Feedback and Simulation module in the Teaching in Medical Education certificate program. Faculty devoted 30 hours to exploring the foundations of experiential learning and developing and implementing simulations. Sessions were devoted to educational theory, development of learning objectives suited to simulation, planning a scenario with manikins or standardized patients, developing assessment tools and achieving inter-rater reliability, learning climate, and debriefing. The semester long course culminated in the presentation of faculty projects developed during the semester, including a pre-briefing plan, development of learning objectives and scenario, debriefing plan, and assessment tool.
Responses from the faculty participants were overwhelmingly positive. "The course activities of question and answer, observing and practicing, and giving feedback, really enhanced my self-esteem as an educator" wrote one participant. Another who has already incorporated her semester project into her curriculum wrote:
"I really feel like I have now conquered my fear of simulation... I was very heartened by my MIVs responses to my first scenario and look forward to building on the great experiences this class has given me."
ONE YEAR IN NEW FACILITY
The VCU Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety celebrates one year in its new facility in the McGlothlin Medical Education Center on the Medical Campus at VCU. The 25,000sf facility is home to both the Simulation and Standardized Patient programs at the VCU School of Medicine and the VCU Health System. "This is a gorgeous facility that creates tremendous capacity for our faculty to integrate simulation into their educational work, and to develop and test solutions for making healthcare delivery at VCUHS safer" said Ellen Brock,MD, MPH, the Center's Medical Director. PHOTO GALLERY
RECENT IN SITU SIMULATIONS HIGHLIGHT THE USE OF SIMULATION FOR WORK PROCESS IMPROVEMENT
For the past 18 months, the Center has worked with the VCUHS Labor and Delivery unit in predicting and mitigating the negative impact of workflow disruptions associated with unit rennovations. One final round of in situ simulations was conducted in April in preparation for the opening of the fully rennovated unit. Simulation was critical for identifying potential failures that were not predicted by table top discussions alone. Additionally, several unit operational procedures are being updated based on recommendations from the simulations. Brenda Baker, PhD, RN (L&D Nurse Clinician) and Dave Chelmow, MD (Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology) have been wonderful partners in this work.
The Center is currently engaged with Neonatal ICU faculty Archana Jayaram, MD and Russell Moores, MD, in using in situ simulation to improve work processes associated with the management of newborns being treated with ECMO. The Center is also working with the Pediatric ICU in evaluating processes and solutions regarding associated with transfers and handoffs in the ICU.
VCU CENTER FOR HUMAN SIMULATION AND PATIENT SAFETY WINS VCU SOM EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION AWARD CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE
The Center staff is thrilled to have received the VCU School of Medicine's Educational Innovation Award on November 18, 2013. In presenting the award, Jerome Strauss, MD, PhD noted that "These individuals have been on a journey to develop what I consider to be the most powerful simulation program in an American medical school."
"The Center, at its core, was designed to bring all of the individual programs and departments and their simulation project together for the betterment of the entire instirution. These silos have gradually come together for the common good. This has been due mainly to the Center's collaborative style and willingness to work toward excellence" said Mary Alice O'Donnell, PhD, Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Medical Education at VCU.