Journal of Surgical Simulation 2021; 8: A: 10 - 10

Published: 30 June 2021


Meeting abstract

Special Issue: East of England Remote Teaching Programme

Aishwarya Nambiar, Rebecca Fisher, Philipp Antonas, Kishan Parekh, Luke Tanner and Daniel Worley
Corresponding author: Aishwarya Nambiar, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, Basildon, UK. Email:


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

Additional Information

This presentation was given at the SES 2020 online conference, 4 July 2020.