Journal of Surgical Simulation 2021; 8: A: 10 - 10
Published: 30 June 2021
Special Issue: East of England Remote Teaching Programme
East of England Remote Teaching Programme (EoERTP) is an online weekly simulation platform designed by junior doctors in Basildon and Whittington Hospitals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teaching opportunities for interim Foundation Year 1 doctors (FY1s) are limited. EoERTP delivers interactive sessions focussing on common presenting complaints doctors are likely to encounter during on-call shifts. Three cases are presented in a one-hour session via Zoom, accessible live or recorded, to all FY1s across East of England Deaneries. One volunteer leads the scenario, engaging with the team - comprising ‘Patient’, ‘Nurse’, ‘Registrar’ and ‘Facilitator’. They are encouraged to take a history, examine using an A-E approach and effectively communicate their investigations and management plan via an SBAR (Situation. Background. Assessment. Recommendation) handover to a senior doctor. Informal feedback is provided with case-based learning points, summarised afterwards through social media. Additionally, these count towards ‘Non-Core’ hours on Horus E-Portfolio and a Case Based Discussion (CBD) certificate is issued to those leading the simulation. Weekly feedback questionnaires are distributed to assess confidence ratings after each session. 256 responses have been obtained after 5 weeks: 94.5% of participants felt confident in preparing to manage an acutely unwell patient, 91% found the online platform useful, and 99.2% would recommend the sessions to their colleagues. Online teaching has become an increasingly popular tool for the delivery of medical education to FY1s in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. These simulations will continue to enable new doctors to feel more confident in preparation for their role.
simulation; online learning; medical education
This presentation was given at the SES 2020 online conference, 4 July 2020.