During the Covid-19 pandemic, medical students and junior doctors came together globally to help sustain their medical education. Led by Birmingham’s Dr Punith Kempegowda, a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow and Specialist Registrar in Endocrinology, Diabetes and General Internal Medicine, SIMBA Simulation was born – an interactive simulation-based approach to learning through instant messaging for medical education. In the past, medical training has predominantly been lecture-based learning, but now SIMBA has successfully integrated both online learning and simulation-based learning to support medical professional’s training during this critical period. And it’s been highly successful, as shown by the following abstract:
Utility of Simulation via Instant Messaging – Birmingham Advance (SIMBA) in medical education during COVID-19 pandemic
Background: Simulation via Instant Messaging – Birmingham Advance (SIMBA) aimed to improve clinicians’ confidence in managing various clinical scenarios during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Methods: Five SIMBA sessions were conducted between May and August 2020. Each session included simulation of scenarios and interactive discussion. Participants’ self-reported confidence, acceptance, and relevance of the simulated cases were measured.
Results: Significant improvement was observed in participants’ self-reported confidence (overall n = 204, p<0.001; adrenal n = 33, p<0.001; thyroid n = 37, p<0.001; pituitary n = 79, p<0.001; inflammatory bowel disease n = 17, p<0.001; acute medicine n = 38, p<0.001). Participants reported improvements in clinical competencies: patient care 52.0% (n = 106/204), professionalism 30.9% (n = 63/204), knowledge on patient management 84.8% (n = 173/204), systems-based practice 48.0% (n = 98/204), practice-based learning 69.6% (n = 142/204) and communication skills 25.5% (n = 52/204).
Conclusion: SIMBA is a novel pedagogical virtual simulation-based learning model that improves clinicians’ confidence in managing conditions across various specialties.