The UMMC Simulation and Interprofessional Education Center (SIEC) provides simulation-based education for all participants in an emotionally safe and confidential environment. Course directors and instructors are responsible for creating and maintaining a learner-centered, emotionally safe environment, where mistakes are welcome and reflective learning is encouraged.
All course directors and instructors are expected to hold the basic assumption of simulation: “We believe that everyone participating in the simulation scenario is intelligent, well-trained, cares about doing their best, and wants to improve.”
All course directors and instructors are expected to exercise the highest level of professionalism, integrity, ethics, objectivity and mutual respect in their behaviors.
Assistance with completion of the documentation for the three essential elements of a successful simulation scenario, pre-briefing, the scenario itself, and the de-briefing, can be obtained from the UMMC SIEC staff.
The UMMC SIEC administration reserves the right to suspend course director, instructor and participants’ privileges of SIEC use for misconduct or misbehavior at any time. A notice will also be sent to the appropriate department notifying the reason for the individuals’ suspension.
Before high fidelity simulation sessions, the course director and/or instructor is expected to conduct a pre- briefing session that includes at a minimum:
The four criteria cited below are fundamental premises upon which the educational program of the UMMC SIEC is based. These follow internationally recognized standards for the use of health care simulation. The UMMC SIEC reserves the right to limit further access to SIEC facilities if sessions fail to meet these standards.
Course directors and instructors are expected to conduct structured debriefing after scenarios with the following phases:
During the analysis phase, the instructors may use “plus/delta”, “advocacy/inquiry” or other, blended approaches. Instructors are expected to be curious facilitators of discussion, who encourage reflection by trainees. Instructors should not lecture during debriefing.
All simulation sessions have to be evaluated at least by the participants and the instructors. Instructors should withdraw (i.e. not “looking over shoulders,” but be available to answer questions) while the participants fill out anonymous surveys.
Feedback from instructors is vital for quality improvement of the scenarios and simulation experience. Instructors are expected to fill out the “Session Evaluation by Instructors Form” and also discuss their suggestions for improvement with the simulation staff.