Saturday 6 February 2021

The 47th WACEM-ACAIM Special Global Weekly e-Summit on COVISIM2021 (Inaugural Session) - Simulation Education in Medicine during COVID19

The Inaugural Session of the COVISIM2021 Saturday Summit began with presentations by the Singapore General Hospital Simulation Institute led by Prof. Fatimah Lateef.

Simulation and Technology-Driven Education: Riding the Wave of Change with COVID 19

Prof. Dr. Fatimah Lateef


COVID 19 posed multiple challenges in various domains of medical education. One major drawback was the inability to conduct face to face training and teaching, which had always been the norm and cornerstone of medical education. Utilizing the concepts of simulation-based learning, computer-based learning, remote and virtual learning and simulation, the use of virtual patients with problem-based learning, we embarked on training the  healthcare professions utilizing surrogate learning methodologies. COVID 19 presented a fertile ground which enabled us to look at old and current practices through fresh eyes

This presentation will also share the concept of computer-based simulation to meet the set learning objectives, the administrative support, the roles and responsibilities of faculty and facilitators. The issue of fidelity as well as interfacing is also highlighted in maximizing the experience of the learners, who are part of a virtual team. Computer-based simulation can also be an effective tool to enhance critical thinking and clinical reasoning capabilities. 

With the greater load of training being conducted online, it is also timely to remind everyone of the netiquette of online and virtual teaching and learning. It refers to a set of core rules that outlines what should and should not be done online, in maintaining common courtesy.


Simulation-driven Solutions for COVID-19: Through the Human Factors Lenses 

Dr. Yin Shanqing


 COVID-19 highlighted challenges in collaborative performances that traditionally plagued teams even before the pandemic. In many care settings since COVID-19, team members have to don full PPE, N95 masks, and even Positive Air Pressure Respirators (PAPR). This exacerbated the accurate identification of team members, muffled speech communication, and possibly even hindered timely care delivery as team members raced to don PPE safely. 

Beyond training and education, simulation can be an effective platform for applying human factors insights and developing interventions driven by human factors science. This presentation shares how a prototype solution, developed from a separate simulation effort, helped to enhance urgent care delivery during COVID-19. Other human factors issues faced by clinicians during time-critical COVID-19 care will also be discussed. 

The SingHealth Duke NUS Institute of Medical Simulation Response to COVID 19

Ms. Madhavi Suppiah


The Covid-19 pandemic has caused simulation centres globally, to re-imagine and re-engineer the education and training they provide. This has to continue despite social distancing measures and personal as well as team hygiene management that are essential to patient safety. Infrastructire and environmental management and control also becomes important.

Simulation plays a significant role in the education and training of healthcare professionals and it is vital to continue to operate taking into account the new measures & alternatives. This presentation will share how the Singhealth Duke NUS Institute of Medical Simulation ( SIMS) was affected from the early phases of the COVID 19 pandemic right into the re-opening to function in the new norm

It will also share how SIMS quickly responded to address the multiple elements and to adapt to the new paradigm.  Through collaborations and consultations, SIMS found innovative solutions on the format and delivery to continue to support our faculty and learners and also ensuring the health and safety of each individual is never compromised. Safe distancing and infection control measures will also discussed in the new norm of training, as SIMS aligned with the SingHealth Disaster Outbreak Taskforce (SDOT) and the  national guidelines of the Multi-Ministerial COVID 19 Taskforce in Singapore.

 The 13th February COVISIM2021 Saturday Session will feature Presentations from The Thomas Jefferson University Simulation Center (JeffSIM), Philadelphia, USA.

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