Evaluation of online interprofessional simulation workshops for obstetric and neonatal emergencies

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Prasad, Namrata, Fernando, Shavi, Willey, Sue, Davey, Kym, Hocking, Jennifer, Malhotra, Atul and Kumar, Arunaz. (2022). Evaluation of online interprofessional simulation workshops for obstetric and neonatal emergencies. International Journal of Medical Education. 13, pp. 287-304. https://doi.org/10.5116/ijme.6342.9214
AuthorsPrasad, Namrata, Fernando, Shavi, Willey, Sue, Davey, Kym, Hocking, Jennifer, Malhotra, Atul and Kumar, Arunaz
Abstract

Objectives: To explore student perceptions of learning and interprofessional aspects of obstetric and neonatal emergencies through online simulation-based workshops.

Methods: This qualitative study was conducted at Monash University, Australia. Data were obtained from six separate online Obstetric Neonatal Emergency Simulation workshops held between May 2020 and August 2021. A total of 385 students attended and were invited to participate in the study by completing an online survey two-three weeks later. Of the attendees, 144 students completed the survey (95 medical, 45 midwifery), equating to a response rate of 37%. Survey responses were downloaded from online survey platform and separated into medical and midwifery responses. Thematic analysis of data was performed using a coding framework, resulting in development of themes and subthemes.

Results: Main themes were adaptability, connectivism, preparedness for practice, experiential learning, learning through modelling and dynamics of online interaction. Students reported that online workshop was a useful alternative method to experience simulation-based learning, increase their readiness for clinical practice and foster positive interprofessional relationships. Consistent with existing literature evaluating similar in-person programs, midwifery students were most interested in interprofessional interaction (predominant theme: dynamics of online interaction), whilst medical students were more concerned with developing clinical skills (predominant themes: learning through modelling, experiential learning).

Conclusions: Online learning may be a useful and convenient way of delivering interprofessional simulation-based education during the pandemic, in remote areas and as an adjunct to in-person teaching. Future studies should evaluate the impact of online learning with a mixed methods study and in comparison, to in-person programs.

Keywordsinterprofessional education; simulation-based education; online learning; learning through modelling; obstetric
Year2022
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Education
Journal citation13, pp. 287-304
PublisherInternational Journal of Medical Education
ISSN2042-6372
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5116/ijme.6342.9214
PubMed ID36332272
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85141890132
PubMed Central IDPMC9911278
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Page range287-304
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Online31 Oct 2022
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Accepted09 Oct 2022
Deposited07 Jul 2023
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