Working with Simulated Participants in Health Professions Education: sharing best practice, tools, and frameworks

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation



Simulated Participants (also described as simulated patients or standardised patients) have long been established in health professions education as an opportunity to create authentic learning environments and prepare learners.

Purpose and outcomes

This workshop will invite participants to share their experiences of working with Simulated Participants (SPs). The workshop will suit academics with and without experience working with SPs. Facilitated workshop activities will focus on several key areas: i) theory informing working with SPs, ii) sharing tools available to assist the benchmarking SP Programs, iii) practical tips for embedding SPs in their workplace.

We will share tools to enable participants to plan, develop, integrate, delivery and evaluate simulated participant involvement in health professions education.

Issues for exploration OR Questions for discussion

In this workshop, we will explore a) the role of simulated participants in health professions education, b) compare theories relevant to simulated participants, c) identify the key elements of quality simulated participant programs for benchmarking, d) apply the concepts of psychological safety to activities involving simulated participants.

Outline of workshop activities

This collaborative workshop will engage participants to explore the history and theory of simulated participants and take away practical tools to apply in their place of work. The workshop will be facilitated by experienced faculty (academic researchers together with simulated participants) who will use strategies and activities such as: i) small group learning, ii) self-assessment and Simulated Patient Common Framework tools, iii) SMART goal setting, and iv) reflection activities.
Period26 Jun 2023
Event titleAustralia and New Zealand Association of Health Professions Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference 2023: Turning Tides Navigating the opportunities
Event typeConference
LocationGold Coast, Australia, QueenslandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational