Simulation Facilitator Training

ATSSL FACETS Course Overview

The facilitation of simulation based education requires specific skill sets. We are proud to partner with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) to offer a customized Facilitator Education Training in Simulation (FACETS) course, grounded in medical education theory, to enhance the simulation experience in postgraduate medical education (PGME) and continuing professional development (CPD) programs.

This training introduces current healthcare providers and educators to the foundational principles of simulation based education. We employ a flipped-classroom workshop based approach and provide project specific programming and consultation.

The delivery of the theoretical foundation for our course is through the RCPSC Simulation Educator Training pre-course (pre-SET) eLearning modules. This allows the in-person workshop time to be fully dedicated to the discussion of theoretical principles and their contextual application as part of specific projects.

Our training covers all aspects of curriculum development for simulation based medical education projects - conducting needs assessments; developing objectives; selecting the optimal educational strategies for meeting the objectives; implementation; and curricular evaluation. The majority of the workshop time is dedicated to practicing simulation specific facilitation techniques - pre-briefing; guiding scenario or skill station progression; learner feedback and debriefing. A primary focus of the training is the development and maintenance of a psychologically safe learning environment in which learners can engage in situations designed to elicit performance "at the edge of their expertise." Reinforcing strengths and uncovering blind spots in a constructive way.

Objectives:

During the FACETS course, participants will have an opportunity to:

  1. Advance the quality of simulation based medical education in postgraduate medical education.
  2. Design, develop, facilitate and evaluate simulation scenarios and sessions that are practical for your group.
  3. Review and provide debriefing feedback to facilitate the transfer of learning from the simulation environment to real-life and novel situations.
  4. Facilitate the integration of the developed simulations to improve patient safety through these educational interventions.

Requirements:

  • Association with an UCalgary PGME or CPD program
  • 8-16 learners committed to attend minimum of 16 hours of scheduled in-person instruction

Training requests can be submitted using the ATSSL booking form.


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