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The Sim Project focuses on the development of an experiential learning program targeting professional communication skills for the Canadian health care workplace.

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SUMMARY
The Sim Project focuses on the development of an experiential learning program targeting professional communication skills for the Canadian health care workplace. Based on research and sound theoretical frameworks, the project follows a design thinking methodology informed by a working group of internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs), employers, educators, and simulation experts. The final program will emulate authentic workplace interactions, with dynamic feedback from trained facilitators and simulated clients.

DESCRIPTION
Communication through Simulation was envisioned as a formative intervention for any point along the IEHP integration journey in Canada—as a component of licensure or bridging, preparation for simulated assessments, to determine readiness for clinical placements, or for the remediation of workplace communication challenges. In its intensive 25-hour module structure, our program will facilitate transferable communication skills that are applicable to many different roles in support of quality care, patient safety and diversity in Ontario’s health force.

Leveraging communication competencies from the 26 regulated health professions in Ontario (see: Communication for Regulated Health Professionals Project), and using the 360° View on Communicative Competence at Work framework as a foundation, the Sim Project builds on research and development conducted by Touchstone Institute’s Communication Program over 2016-18. Using design thinking as its methodology, the project is currently entering its experimentation phase, with piloting scheduled for February 2020.

To learn more about the project, please contact [email protected] with the subject line “Sim Project”.

ABOUT TOUCHSTONE INSTITUTE
Touchstone Institute is a non-profit corporation that offers expertise in evaluation and curriculum development to promote public confidence in professional competence in the Canadian workforce. We excel in providing competency-based services in support of successful transitions to training and practice that meet professional and societal needs.

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