Traditional Poster Round
Context: : PediSTARS (Paediatric Simulation Training and Research Society of India) was founded in August 2013 to improve quality and safety of paediatric health care in India using simulation based training and education. Training of the Delegates (TOT) workshops have been conducted regularly to increase the pool of simulation facilitators in the country. However it was felt that the delegates developed an awareness of the art and science of simulation after a TOT but not the competence and confidence to conduct scenarios independently at their workplace. To empower them, we developed and rolled out a 3-tier curriculum for faculty development which provides additional guidance and mentoring for delegates for an additional year after the TOT.
Description: : Level 1: The TOT workshop provided a comprehensive insight into various aspects of simulation including curriculum design, scenario design and set-up, running the scenario and debriefing.
Level 2: National and international simulation experts were assigned as mentors to delegates. The delegate would run 6 simulation scenarios in 6 months at their workplace. The scenarios would be provided by the mentors and could be modified according to the specialty of the delegate and available resources. Descriptive notes and reflective notes on the challenges they faced and debriefing notes of their mentors to find solutions would be compiled into a level 2 portfolio.
Level 3: This consisted of 3 projects.
The first was a reflective note on how conducting simulation based training at the workplace has meant for the delegate and the organization.
For the second project delegates did a needs-assessment for their organization to address training and safety gaps and designed two multidisciplinary simulation scenarios to address these gaps. They would then conduct them and use various techniques to debrief the learners and then reflect on the experience.
For the third project the delegate read an article on simulation research from any reputed international journal from the previous year, reflected on it and described their perspective and applicability of the findings at the workplace.
These 3 projects would be compiled into a level 3 portfolio over 6 months
Observation/Evaluation: : This curriculum was rolled out at the TOT conducted by PediSTARS in March 2018. Of the 78 members who were offered mentorship 9 managed to complete all 3 levels and 2 completed level 2. All 11 were invited to be observer faculty at the next TOT and share their experiences. The feedback received from all 11 was excellent.
Discussion: : Creating a 3-tier faculty development program has enabled PediSTARS to identify and mentor those with real commitment to simulation based training. The curriculum has enriched the experience of the delegates and lent credibility to the training provided by PediSTARS and will hopefully translate into more simulation based training at the workplace year on year.