State the overall Goal or Outcome : Relying on single centers or simulation teams to meet increasing requests for simulation based medication education (SBME) is an unsustainable long term solution. We hope to tackle how community outreach programs can meet the escalating demands for SBME without overextending their own simulation team and impact more learners through development of a simulation instructor course. By developing and mentoring community hospital simulationists you can extend the reach of your simulation program, even globally. Well trained simulation instructors add realism to simulations and engage learners more skillfully, promoting the cognitive, behavioral, and technical learning objectives of scenarios. Scenario development, execution, and debriefing are not inherent skills for educators, there is a process that needs to be understood prior to implementation. Course participants will be introduced to a work product template to aid in planning a simulation instructor course and will have the opportunity to learn how to incorporate moulage and embedded participant exercises into a course to better engage learners. A single simulation course does not make people experts in running simulation, this is not just building a “train the trainer course”, we end by helping workshop participants learn creative ways to support the continued development of their trained participants once they return to their own institutions.
Intended Audience : This workshop is primarily for experts in simulation with a background in outreach education. We are specifically targeting those individuals at health centers with existing community outreach simulation programs. The biggest benefit would be to those individuals or teams that are looking for ways to expand their program and balance the increasing demands for simulation based medical education with the limits of their own team/center’s capability. Educators and facilitators on a simulation team would get the biggest benefit from this workshop. All disciplines and professions in healthcare welcome.
Relevance to the Conference : This workshop will show how to take relationships established through outreach simulation programs one step further by training community simulationists using a simulation instructor course. The growing demand for simulation based medical education is high and cannot be met by single center teams. Our academic center has established a successful simulation instructor course designed in part to train community simulation champions so they can take their knowledge and skills back to their own hospital systems to start a simulation education program or enhance already existing programs. We have adapted our instructor course to various participants and settings including running it in Ghana fitting with the global learning theme of IPSSW 2019.