Traditional Poster Round
Context: : The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has established a 5-year partnership with a cardiovascular hospital in Tianjin, China, with the goal to enhance clinical care for children with congenital heart diseases. In addition to the paediatric cardiology education delivered to the inter-professional team, faculty development in Simulation Based Education (SBE) was identified as a priority to promote knowledge translation and enhance sustainability of education delivery.
Description: : This international project was unique in that Chinese translators were used throughout the whole process of the workshop. A 4-hour SBE workshop was developed to introduce components of SBE to an inter-professional team from China. The workshop provided an opportunity for participants to first engage in a team training simulation, then reflect on the different components of the simulation experience such as: the pre-brief, scenario development, facilitation and debrief. The education format of the session was based on Kolb's Learning Theory. All course resource documents were translated into Simplified Chinese and an expert team member provided Mandarin interpretation prior to, during and after the simulation. This strategy for the delivery of education provided a unique approach to SBE and an effective way to mitigate language barriers to learning, as well as cultural and contextual differences.
Observation/Evaluation: : All participants completed a post evaluation survey of the workshop. Demographic data was also collected. A total of twenty-eight participants consisting of nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians and hospital administrators attended one of three workshops. Iterations of the workshop were altered based on the evaluation data collected from the first offering. Cultural-related factors were evidenced to influence participant’s approach to simulation setup and debrief. Participants acknowledged the differences in the approach to SBE and indicated after the workshop that they would apply the newly learned approach into their clinical practice.
Discussion: : The delivery and learner uptake of SBE is not limited by language and cultural barriers if experts in interpretation and simulation education are used to create and deliver SBE. The intention is to follow-up with participants 6 months after attending the workshop to determine if a change to practice, in the delivery of SBE has been made in their local context. The simulation team is visiting the hospital in China in 2019 to deliver a more in-depth train-the-trainer approach to SBE.