Utility of Simulation via Instant Messaging - Birmingham Advance (SIMBA) in medical education during COVID-19 pandemic

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Authors

  • Georgia Morgan
  • Meri Davitadze
  • Emma Ooi
  • Dengyi Zhou
  • Thia Hanania
  • Wentin Chen
  • Lucretia Thomas
  • Isabel Allison
  • Michael Ding
  • Parisha Blaggan
  • Cai Ying Ng
  • Nia Evans
  • Emily Warmington
  • Eloise Radcliffe
  • Vina Soran
  • Rachel Nirmal
  • Rachel Cooney
  • Vinay Reddy-Kolanu
  • Shri Pathmakanthan

Abstract

Background Simulation via Instant Messaging – Birmingham Advance (SIMBA) aimed to improve clinicians’ confidence in managing various clinical scenarios during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods Five SIMBA sessions were conducted between May and August 2020. Each session included simulation of scenarios and interactive discussion. Participants’ self-reported confidence, acceptance, and relevance of the simulated cases were measured. Results Significant improvement was observed in participants’ self-reported confidence (overall n = 204, p<0.001; adrenal n = 33, p<0.001; thyroid n = 37, p<0.001; pituitary n = 79, p<0.001; inflammatory bowel disease n = 17, p<0.001; acute medicine n = 38, p<0.001). Participants reported improvements in clinical competencies: patient care 52.0% (n = 106/204), professionalism 30.9% (n = 63/204), knowledge on patient management 84.8% (n = 173/204), systems-based practice 48.0% (n = 98/204), practice-based learning 69.6% (n = 142/204) and communication skills 25.5% (n = 52/204). Conclusion SIMBA is a novel pedagogical virtual simulation-based learning model that improves clinicians’ confidence in managing conditions across various specialties.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168–172
JournalJournal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Volume51
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19, medical education, simulation-based learning, virtual

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