Medical students as simulation educators: Students' experience of a 7-week simulation-based education rotation

Victoria Brazil*, Melissah Caughley, Lauren Middleton, Georgia Powell, Nemat Alsaba

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Medical students will have future roles as clinician educators, and need to develop knowledge and skills for that role. Specific skills in simulation-based education (SBE) may be valuable in many educational settings. We aimed to understand the impact of a 7-week placement in SBE on the development of medical students' knowledge, skills and perspectives as educators. We reviewed the experience of three graduated students (also coauthors of this article) who participated in the rotation in 2018. This case study includes analysis of the students' electronic portfolios, rotation reports and subsequent reflections of the student coauthors. Five themes were identified: -Development as a professional',Active participation in an educator team',Diverse experience in simulation skills and techniques',Role models and mentoring' andRethinking feedback'. Students describe the development of practical knowledge and skills, and more fundamental reflections on the nature of learning, feedback and their personal professional development. We suggest that integration of a simulation education elective within a medical school curriculum helps build capacity for effective SBE delivery, and has positive impacts on students for their future roles as doctors, educators and lifelong learners.

Original languageEnglish
Article number000582
Pages (from-to)108-111
Number of pages4
JournalBMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning
Issue number2
Early online date3 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021


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