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Table 2 Brief description of AusSETT Program modules

From: A national training program for simulation educators and technicians: evaluation strategy and outcomes

Module number Module name Module description Format
C1 Simulation-based education: Contemporary issues for healthcare professions This module covers the rationale for simulation-based education (SBE) drawing on practices from high-reliability industries. Theories are explored as they relate to different simulation modalities (e.g. manikins, task trainers, simulated patients, virtual patients, gaming etc.) and domains (e.g. knowledge, attitudes and skills). The relevance of simulation to safety and quality in healthcare are highlighted. Participants consider historical and contemporary approaches to SBE with attention to the benefits and challenges in health professions education. Evidence for SBE is presented. The module offers key content to ensure that all participants have a common understanding of basic principles for SBE. The module is essential prior to attending any workshops. e-learning
C2 Training simulation educators This module covers basic principles of “train-the-trainer” programs, as well as the opportunity to practice and/or learn new simulation skills. One of the educator’s roles is to provide a safe learning environment, especially during feedback and debriefing. The module also explores how to teach and evaluate debriefing skills. Reference is made to the range of debriefing approaches used in different centres across Australia. Because there is no high level evidence for the use of a single debriefing approach, the Program is distinguished by its flexibility and willingness to support multiple approaches. This is a core module for all simulation educators and technicians. e-learning; workshop
E1 Manikin-based simulation This module covers the core aspects of manikin and task trainer simulations. This includes an overview of different manikin and task trainer capabilities and the impact these have on SBE. Scenario development, basic programming and scenario delivery are explored together with the concept of fit for purpose manikins. e-learning; workshop
E2 Simulated patient (SP) methodology In this module, participants explore fundamentals of SP practices including recruitment, selection, training for role portrayal and the role of SPs in feedback. The breadth of SP practices is explored and potential opportunities for applications across different contexts. e-learning; workshop
E3 Virtual environments This module enables participants to explore virtual environments as an educational method. Formal models and different design modalities provide participants with frameworks for practice. This module also provides an opportunity for participants to debate key issues in virtual patient methodologies. e-learning
E4 Hybrid simulation (Patient focused simulation) In this module, participants focus on blending simulation modalities. Examples include the linking of SPs with task trainers (patient focused simulation) to support the integration of all skills necessary for safe and effective clinical performance. Participants explore scenario development, briefing and feedback/debriefing. e-learning; workshop
T1 Equipment sustainability and task trainers This module focuses on the principles of equipment use, repair and maintenance and the role of technicians in supporting learning. e-learning; workshop
T2 Basic manikins and moulage This module focuses on the technical elements of the operation, troubleshooting and maintenance requirements of “low technology” manikins (e.g. Megacode Kelly and Megacode Kid). Participants develop skills in the operations and functionality of the manikins, including their limitations. Moulage techniques are explored including the use of realistic cuts, grazes and bruises and full body multi-trauma and burns. e-learning; workshop
T3 Advanced manikins and audio visual (AV) systems This module is designed for technicians who work with advanced manikins (e.g. SimMan, SimBaby, iStan, Meti Man) and AV systems. The module focuses on the set-up, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance requirements of manikins and AV systems, including their functionality and limitations. e-learning; workshop
T4 Delivery of scenarios This module T1, T2 and T3 enabling participants to develop, set-up and deliver a scenario. Participants are expected to set up the AV system, manikins and environment and deliver the scenario, with peers. The module emphasizes the importance of cooperative efforts of educators and technicians in all phases of SBE. e-learning; workshop
  1. Table 2 shows the topics covered in the AusSETT Program and there were a total of 10 modules. The first column lists the numbering code for each subject where ‘C’ denotes core, while ‘E’ and ‘T’ refer to education and technician module respectively. The second column details the full title of the topics covered. The third column describes what was covered within each module. The fourth column clarify the delivery method of each subject; either via e-learning platform or workshop