Simulcast Journal Club is a monthly series that aims to encourage simulation educators to explore and learn from publications on Healthcare Simulation Education. Each month we publish a case and link a paper with associated questions for discussion. Inspired by the ALiEM MEdIC series, we moderate and summarise the discussion at the end of the month, including exploring the opinions of experts from the field.
The journal club relies heavily on your participation and comments and while it can be confronting to post your opinions on an article online, we hope we can generate a sense of “online psychological safety” enough to empower you to post! Your thoughts are highly valued and appreciated, however in depth or whatever your level of experience. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Case :
Hiro internally sighed as he walked into the emergency department and noted an impeccably dressed young woman sitting meekly in the corner of the department. Her body language and facial expression combined to imply she was attempting to fade into the background through sheer force of will. It was a look he recognised with resigned familiarity. He’d forgotten it was the start of the new med student term.
It wasn’t that he disliked teaching. He loved teaching. But there were patients that needed reviewing, residents needed to present their cases and this morning’s handover had suggested some particularly challenging conflicts awaited him in short stay.
Until someone provided him with a resource to achieve those things, teaching would have to wait.
The Article :
Service provision vs teaching time is not an infrequent dilemma for bedside educators and healthcare professions in time and resource limited settings. While many of us may be tempted like Hiro to avoid interaction in the pursuit of perceived ‘higher duties’, we are making a decision that comes with significant opportunity cost.
In this month’s open access paper from advances in simulation, Viggers et al explore their experiences incorporating med students into the healthcare simulation workforce.
We look forward to your perspectives on the article, and on the challenges and benefits from working with students of all professional domains within your simulation service.