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Table 3 Survey Results of 106 Participants' View on Course Format and Instructor Characteristics

From: Use of simulator-based medical procedural curriculum: the learner's perspectives

Characteristic No. (%)
COURSE FORMAT  
Location favored  
   Center away from hospital 2(2)
   Center within hospital 74 (70)
   Directly on ward 20 (19)
   Doctor's lounge 4 (4)
   Other or no opinion 6 (6)
When should simulator courses be offered  
   At beginning of residency, with additional sessions throughout residency 74 (70)
   At beginning of residency 29 (27)
   Later in residency (PGY-2/3) 1(1)
   No opinion 2 (2)
Training session times should be specified and protected 74 (70)
Training session times should be specified but unprotected 24 (23)
Simulators should be freely available 67 (63)
Maximum acceptable learner to simulator ratio  
   No more than 1-2 learners per simulator 29 (27)
   No more than 3-4 learners per simulator 66 (62)
   No more than 5-6 learners per simulator 9 (8)
   >6 learners per simulator is acceptable 1 (1)
Minimum acceptable instructor to learner ratio  
   No fewer than 1 instructor per 1-2 learners 20 (19)
   No fewer than 1 instructor per 3-4 learners 68 (64)
   No fewer than 1 instructor per 5-6 learners 16 (15)
   1 instructor for > 6 learners is acceptable 1 (1)
Optimal duration of a simulator session  
   One hour 21 (20)
   Two hours 56 (53)
   Three hours 20 (19)
   >3 hours 2 (2)
   Full day session (with breaks) 5 (5)
INSTRUCTOR CHARACTERISTICS  
Medical simulator sessions should be taught by  
   An attending physician 87 (82)
   A senior resident (or fellow) 91 (86)
   A trained technician 53 (50)
The instructor should  
   Demonstrate technique 98 (92)
   Observe my procedure 98 (92)
   Teach evidence behind procedural steps 89 (84)
   Provide feedback 94 (89)