Simulated clients can play an important role in classroom teaching. Scenarios that reproduce real-world situations bring theoretical lessons to life and offer students a chance to ask questions, discuss approaches and evaluate outcomes.
In our education programs, simulated clients give international medical graduates an opportunity to practice clinical skills in a safe training environment and provide them with valuable feedback, facilitated and led by physicians.
Integrating simulation into classroom lectures creates authentic learning experiences, offering learners the opportunity to:
- Practise technical or clinical skills
- Increase confidence
- Reduce errors
- Improve teamwork
- Prepare for rare or unusual scenarios
- Enhance information provided in books or lectures
- Give and receive feedback
Simulation can be incorporated into teaching sessions in various ways to increase student engagement:
- Large groups: This is done as a part of the lecture where the simulated individual portrays a patient (or client) in front of the entire group. There are time-outs and the interviewer receives feedback and support from their peers as well as the facilitator.
- Small groups: Simulated individuals are interviewed by one participant with a small group of observers, including a teacher or facilitator. The interviewer receives feedback from their peers, the simulated individual and facilitator.
- One-on-one simulation: The best way to obtain customized practice or testing. The simulation can be entirely adapted to your needs.
- Feedback and debriefing: Simluated individuals are trained to provide participants with valuable feedback that is linked to learning outcomes during a debriefing session following the simulation exercise.
Simulation can also be used to measure specific learning objectives and competencies through skills checks that replicate a high-stakes assessment process.