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For the AMEE Simulation Committee Professor Gerard Gormley provides a report on the current developments in Simulation at Queen’s University Belfast.
As in all parts of the world, Northern Ireland has had to respond to the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19. Simulation based education (SBE) has been instrumental in preparing healthcare professionals (HCPs) to meet many of these challenges. Simulation has also had an important role at an undergraduate level. At QUB, we champion interprofessional simulation based learning – which has come to the fore during the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty have had to reconfigure how they provide SBE. In terms of face-face SBE – we remodelled our simulation spaces to accommodate teaching whilst maintaining social distancing between our HCP students and faculty.
Dr Thomas Bourke (Lecturer and consultant paediatrician) and colleagues have also developed innovative ways of providing SBE remotely. They have been effectively delivering live Simbaby training via Zoom®. This allows students to develop a structured approach in assessing and managing a critically ill children, while enhancing teamwork and critical communication skills.