ABSTRACT: Simulation training for acute medical specialist trainees: a pilot.
Simulation training is a method of interactive teaching and training for healthcare professionals. Medical education research demonstrates that high fidelity simulation leads to effective learning. Acute Medical Specialist Year Three-plus Trainee (ST3+) doctors are often required to manage high-pressure situations, requiring a combination of clinical and non-clinical abilities. We therefore hypothesised that simulation training could be an ideal training tool for this cohort. We designed a simulation training day for ST3+trainees which exposed them to ethically challenging scenarios. The learning objectives were mapped to the acute medical curriculum, focusing on areas trainees may traditionally describe as either difficult to achieve, or for those for which providing evidence may be challenging. Simulation scenarios and debriefing sessions enabled trainees to explore different views in a protected environment, and feedback was strongly positive. We strongly recommend simulation training as a teaching tool for Acute Medical ST3+ doctors.