Oral Themed Presentation
The European Society for Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advancing the art and science of paediatric and neonatal intensive care. Acknowledging that simulation and technology enhanced medical education is extensively used particularly in critical care area, ESPNIC implemented simulation training workshop during annual European Academy of Pediatric Societies (EAPS) congress in Paris from 30th October to 3rd November 2018.
Research Question/ Educational Goal
Our aim as an experienced international simulation team was to provide safe and productive simulation experiences to multinational interested EAPS attendees during 90 min slots (pre-briefing – scenario – debriefing). We focused on explaining about concept of simulation, opportunities for learning and teaching as well as on international collaboration.
Proposed approach to addressing the question or goal
Three months prior to the congress an international group of eleven simulation instructors developed scenarios during one webcam and two face to face meetings. High fidelity simulations were held in English and French in order to increase the number of participants. Each day during the congress simulation workshop hosted four sessions. Each session lasted for 90 min running two different scenarios and 30 min to allocate the lab. Four simulation instructors were dedicated to each session: One was responsible for the introduction, two were ,running the scenarios with one facilitating the debrief. Each session had a maximum of eight attendees. At the end of each day with a meeting was held with all the simulation instructors to highlight the things that went well and the challenges encountered during the day and encourage further suggestions.
Eighty- three people from forty countries participated in the workshop. In total 77/83 (93%) filled out the evaluation form, which provided a feedback on structure and organization of the pre and debriefing and summarized key points for the learners. Prebriefing has been evaluated positively by the large majority of attendees (96%) and 92% agreed that the learning environment was safe. Debriefing has strongly contributed to learning (85%) and has been considered useful to verbalize and explain feelings for 83% of participants. Non-native speakers the scenario and the debriefing in another language underlined their difficulties in running the scenario and the debriefing in less than 3% of cases.of cases.
Conundrum or difficulty encountered
Overall, the instructors and attendees agreed that simulation training for an extremely varied international audience is feasible and very successful, enabling participants to increase their clinical knowledge alongside an understanding of international differences both clinical, and cultural. Time constraints were perceived by both instructors and attendees as challenging. Heterogeneity of conference delegates occurred on some occasions, which was felt as a threat to the safe learning environment by the instructors. Where this occurred, it was addressed in an appropriate manner by instructors during the debrief.
Questions for discussion
Is it possible to run and debrief scenarios adequately in English for non-native speakers?
Is it safe to mix attendees from different clinical and cultural backgrounds?
Is a congress a safe learning environment for the attendees?