Trends & Roles Blog Assignment

Trends and Roles Blog Assignment

 My learning partner, Stephanie and I chose Simulation in Medical Education as our theme for the article

review in the ‘Trends & Roles Blog’ assignment. The articles selected can be viewed on my ‘Articles’ page.

New Insights: The Variety of Roles that Adult Educators Play

It was clear adult educators play a variety of roles in simulation. The article discusses the role of the adult

educator specifically in debriefing – an essential component of simulation. Reference is made in the article to

Harden and Crosby (2000) who superimpose six role-concepts of a medical educator in their paper. The role-

concepts highlighted are facilitator, role model, information provider, assessor, planner, and resource

developer. We gained insight into the fact that simulation adds a new dimension to the learning experience and

develops the educator’s role even further. The role of the educator has changed over time, as simulations have

evolved. We explored the role of the educator in simulation as that of content expert and teacher. We discussed

the importance of allowing students to do the talking during debriefing and deliberated that the role of the

facilitator is to do less talking than the students. Our job as a facilitator during debriefing is to lead a thought

provoking, safe discussion by asking students meaningful questions. This helps students clarify and integrate

the simulation experience with previous knowledge. As an educator, our role is to encourage reflective

thinking in students, allowing them to reflect, lead and discuss the simulation.

Trends in my field of practice

 One of the most predominant trends in medical radiography is the increasing use of simulation. Simulation is

increasingly being used in both academic and clinical settings as a teaching methodology in health care

education to train and assess learners. Factors such as technological advances in diagnosis and treatment that

require new skills set; concerns about medical error; patient care; and a focus on outcomes-based education

have contributed to the growing interest in simulation as a teaching and learning methodology. Simulation is an

indispensable problem-solving methodology that has led to the need for clinical personnel to continue to

undergo training, assessment, and refinement in their practice. The introduction of high-fidelity mannequin-

based simulation into the curriculum represents a significant shift in healthcare provider education. While the

use of simulation in simple forms has been found in healthcare education for many years, recent improvements

in technology have created highly realistic simulators capable of very high levels of fidelity that make the

situation appear to be quite real thus increasing student engagement. Subsequently, clinical events can be

reproduced in a more realistic and meaningful way. The use of simulation is discussed, not only to improve

technical skills but also to improve interdisciplinary teamwork and communication, aspects my learning

partner and I regard as essential to the field of medical radiography. Despite costs, simulation has increased in

popularity and is an effective pedagogical tool. Many successes in medical simulation have provided a

promising foundation for the technology’s continued expansion. Simulation in all forms is increasingly

accepted and implemented in healthcare education.

As a member of the simulation committee at the College of the North Atlantic, Qatar, I am strongly involved

in actively preparing and facilitating simulations for medical radiography students and in collaboration with

other programs. I have dedicated myself to utilizing simulation in my courses in order to achieve better

outcomes in student learning and am excited to direct and perform many more simulations to provide learning

environments to teach, learn and practice. I view myself as a simulation enthusiast and I am convinced that

simulation can be used to promote and achieve advancements in healthcare. I will continue to attend

workshops and conferences on simulation and educate myself by reading interesting, related articles. I will

immerse myself further into developing scenarios for simulated experiences and seek out and accept all

opportunities to develop in my current role.


 The purpose of the meeting was to share information with each other relating to the roles and trends in our

industry and to present articles we had selected as relevant. My learning partner, Stephanie and I were able to

easily choose a topic that was applicable to both of our interests as we are both Instructors in the Medical

Radiography Program .We agreed on simulation as a topic, as we maintain it is an integral component of the

School of Health Sciences at the College and is an essential and useful part of instruction and modeling of

clinical skills within our program. It was interesting to gain a new perspective on the same topic of discussion.

Our discussion led to the exploration of educational theories that have a role in explaining how simulation

works. We concur that the constructivist learning environment has many corollaries with the simulation



In conclusion, simulation deserves to have a strong future in health care due to the number of advantages. We

agreed that the process will continue to grow and have an important role in the future but will need to be

adapted to the education needs of the learner and outcomes of the program. I learnt that the success of

simulation is dependent not so much on the level of fidelity, but on how simulation is used by the trainee and

the trainer. It is important to view simulation as part of a system aimed at improving performance. Simulation

has an immense capacity to become an integral part of the drive to build a safer healthcare system for patients

everywhere and it is an emerging trend that heralds the future of healthcare. Having many roles during

simulation, the role of facilitator is the most practiced and its importance is essential to ensure the success of

student learning and reflection.

Trends and Roles Blog Articles:

Trends:  The history of simulation in medical education and possible future directions


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