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A podcast dedicated to the discussion of healthcare simulation. Debunking dogma, demystifying jargon and translating knowledge. Hosted by Victoria Brazil, Jesse Spurr & Ben Symon


Vic speaks with Kirsty Forrest (@forrest_kirsty) Glance about simulation, book writing and lifelong learning. Kirsty and Judy McKimm have co-edited an easy to read book with diverse contributors. 

The book can be viewed/ purchased here.  



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Looking for great online simulation education resources for yourself or for your team’s faculty development?  

In this episode Vic speaks with Christina Choung (@ckchoung) and Karen Schafer (@KarenShafer) from Vancouver Coastal Health about their new resources at https://bcsimulation.ca/ 

(you can also get there via https://simulation.vchlearn.ca/ ) 

We talked about the content of these modules, the challenges of faculty development, and some lessons learned for those of us trying to develop online resources in simulation education. 

@BCSimNet  on Twitter

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The Australasian Simulation Congress is on 2nd–5th September at the Gold Coast. Check out the website-https://www.simulationcongress.com/ Vic spoke to Sharon Clipperton (@sjclipperton), the Congress convenor about the keynote speakers, abstracts and other highlights of the event. We also spoke with Komal Bajaj (@KomalBajajMD) about her talk–change, sustainability and ‘new power’ in simulation....The Simulcast team will be covering proceedings, as well as hosting a “Simulcast presents” session with interviews, and a live journal club recording on stage! See you there.

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This is a mini episode update on how we at Simulcast would love to celebrate healthcare simulation week 2019.

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Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month 

Bochatay, N., Bajwa, N., Blondon, K., Junod Perron, N., Cullati, S. and Nendaz, M. (2019). Exploring group boundaries and conflicts: a social identity theory perspective. Medical Education. 


We also discussed 3 other papers covering a theme of non-technical skills’. 

And Ben introduced the paper for August 

Stokes-Parish, J., Duvivier, R. and Jolly, B. (2019). Expert opinions on the authenticity of moulage in simulation: a Delphi study. Advances in Simulation, 4(1). 



So we’ll be back at the beginning of September with our wrap – recorded live at the Australasian Simulation Congress . 

Join the discussion at www.simulationpodcast.com 



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Ben and Vic discuss the papers of the month, including expert commentary from Kristian Krogh 

Eve Purdy, Charlotte Alexander, Melissah Caughley, Shane Bassett, Victoria Brazil. Identifying and Transmitting the Culture of Emergency Medicine Through Simulation. AEM Education and Training 2019; 3: 118– 128 (Open access) 

Purdy, E. (2019). Simulation and Cultural Compression. [online] ICE Blog. Available at: https://icenetblog.royalcollege.ca/2019/03/19/simulation-and-cultural-compression/ [Accessed 29 May 2019]. 

Purdy, E., Alexander, C., Caughley, M., Bassett, S. and Brazil, V. (2019). Identifying and Transmitting the Culture of Emergency Medicine Through Simulation. AEM Education and Training, 3(2), pp.118-128. 


We also discussed 3 other papers covering a theme of ‘measurement’. 

Diederich, Emily, MD et al. Balancing Deliberate Practice and Reflection. A Randomized Comparison Trial of Instructional Designs for Simulation-Based Training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Skills. Simulation in Healthcare: June 2019 - Volume 14 - Issue 3 - p 175–181 

Endacott R, Gale T, O’Connor A, et al Frameworks and quality measures used for debriefing in team-based simulation: a systematic review BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning 2019;5:61-72. 

MacKinnon et al Defining and measuring quality in acute paediatric trauma stabilisation: a phenomenographic studyAdvances in Simulation 20194:4 


And Ben introduced the paper for July. 

Bochatay, N., Bajwa, N., Blondon, K., Junod Perron, N., Cullati, S. and Nendaz, M. (2019). Exploring group boundaries and conflicts: a social identity theory perspective. Medical Education. 

Additional Reading & Podcast for those interested in a deep dive :  

Eppich, W. and Schmutz, J. (2019). From ‘them’ to ‘us’: bridging group boundaries through team inclusiveness. Medical Education. 


So we’ll be back at the end of July with our wrap – join the discussion at www.simulationpodcast.com 

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In this, another joint feature with Advances in Simulation journal, we explore three main ideas:

  1. Why does simulation have such a symbiosis with culture?
  2. How to we understand more about this relationship? ie. there is nothing so practical as a good theory.
  3. What does can this teach us about targeting culture as a translational objective in a sim program?

To answer these questions we stir in the ingredients of a thriving simulation program/service at Gold Coast University Hospital, two pieces of academic work from our guests, and some personal reflection along the way. The guests for this episode are Simulcast partner in crime, Victoria Brazil, and the very clever, Canadian Emergency Doc, Anthropologist, author and adventurer on temporary loan to Australia, Eve Purdy.

The publications of interest are:

Brazil, V., E. Purdy, C. Alexander and J. Matulich (2019). "Improving the relational aspects of trauma care through translational simulation." Advances in Simulation 4(1): 10. https://advancesinsimulation.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41077-019-0100-2

Purdy, E., C. Alexander, M. Caughley, S. Bassett and V. Brazil (2019). "Identifying and Transmitting the Culture of Emergency Medicine Through Simulation." AEM Education and Training 3(2): 118-128. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/aet2.10325

Eve refers to a pivotal moment back in 2014, being in the audience for this talk by Victoria.


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Ben and Vic discuss the paper of the month, including expert commentary from Stuart Rose. 

Hollingsworth, C., Wesley, C., Huckridge, J., Finn, G. and Griksaitis, M. (2017). Impact of child death on paediatric trainees. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 103(1), pp.14-18. 


And we talked about a few other sim papers across a range of topics and research methods 

Goldshtein D, Krensky C, Doshi S, et al In situ simulation and its effects on patient outcomes: a systematic review BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning Published Online First: 05 April 2019. doi: 10.1136/bmjstel-2018-000387 

Petrosoniak A, Almeida R, Pozzobon LD, et al. Tracking workflow during high-stakes resuscitation: the application of a novel clinician movement tracing tool during in situ trauma simulationBMJ STEL2019;5:78–84.  (Open Access) 

Ann L. Butt, Suzan Kardong-Edgren, Anthony Ellertson. Using Game-Based Virtual Reality with Haptics for Skill Acquisition, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, Volume 16, 2018, Pages 25-32, 


And Ben introduced the paper for June. 

Eve Purdy, Charlotte AlexanderMelissah Caughley, Shane Bassett, Victoria BrazilIdentifying and Transmitting the Culture of Emergency Medicine Through Simulation. AEM Education and Training 2019; 3: 118– 128 (Open access) 


So we’ll be back at the end of June with our wrap – join the discussion at simulationpodcast.com 



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‘Non-technical skill’ is not a great term for the range of skills and behaviours we expect of our healthcare professionals. It also belies a not so subtle hierarchy of skills where ‘hard’, technical, ‘medical expertise’ are afforded primacy, sometimes to the detriment of our patient care. 

Our latest collaborative podcast with Advances in Simulation features an editorial - Words matter: towards a new lexicon for ‘nontechnical skills’ training by Paul Murphy, Debra Nestel and Gerry Gormley. 

In this podcast I was joined by Paul Murphy from Queens University Belfast, the lead author of the article, as well as Pamela Andreatta, who was part of a group who authored a similarly themed article in 2011. 

We discussed words, culture, drama, impression management and values in health professional education and simulation.  


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Another debriefing course! Who benefits? 

Kristian Krogh, Albert Chan, and Nancy McNaughton 


Many health professional educators attend courses on simulation debriefing, but do they actually perform better as simulation debriefers as a result?  

Writing in Advances in SimulationKristian Krogh (@DrKrogh), Albert Chan (@gaseousXchange) and Nancy McNaughton (@uto_nancy) provoke us to consider this issue in their commentary - Another debriefing course! Who benefits? 

In this next instalment in our collaboration with Advances in Simulation, I spoke with Kristian and Nancy about the article. They suggest that high quality debriefing courses are not enough, and that we need to think more transfer to our local contexts, with a community of practice for peer feedback and support 

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