Rapid implementation of online simulation during COVID-19 vr/ar


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Rapid implementation of online simulation during COVID-19 vr/ar


In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak organizations around the world, all face-to - face classes have been cancelled. Exams are being postponed and educators are struggling to quickly convert online learning resources. However, the most difficult of these challenges may be the sudden inability to meet clinical requirements.




Oxford Medical Simulation (OMS) appreciates how difficult it is to deliver simulation and clinical education at the best of times, let alone during a crisis. As simulation educators, the WHO team experienced the chaos caused by last-minute clinical cancellations and the need for rapid simulation to fill the gap.



The same phenomenon is taking place on a global scale. In response, WHO immediately offered the WHO Distance Simulation Platform free of charge across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom as of 16 March 2020.




Why? Why? Well, as one of the WHO education specialists points out:




"We are the same people, educators and people who ultimately care about the patient's lives. It's a chance to train nurses and doctors when they need it most ... that's why we got into it in the first place! ”




WHO Program for Distance Simulation




The OMS virtual simulation platform operates both in immersive virtual reality (using a VR headset) and as a screen-based simulation using a learner's own PC or laptop (no VR equipment required). It's, in fact, one platform delivered in two different ways.




Scenarios are just as interactive and dynamic, whether on the VR or on the screen. This ensures immediate scale and accessibility during social distances and the ability to switch to fully immersive virtual reality as required.




WHO has hundreds of cases across medicine and nursing, dynamic scenarios, fully automated feedback and debriefing tools, embedded blended learning resources and simple methods to integrate with curriculum requirements. All of this is offered free of charge, with no ongoing commitment, until 31 May 2020.




Uptake of WHO Distance during COVID-19




Since May 16, more than 50 institutions-with more than 17,000 learners-have signed up. Many have already started using the platform, and many more will be launched in the coming days. This is done at all levels of medicine and nursing and in many different cases of use:




Nursing programs (BSN and NP) which are unable to deliver clinical placements


Medical programs (DO and MD) are fast tracking their learners for clinical practice.


Hospitals, upskilling clinicians who move between departments


Health systems, bringing new nurses and retraining clinicians back to practice.




Implementation and integration of online simulation




Organizations use WHO Distance in a variety of ways. Many are providing home learners. This may be either for just-in-time simulation for those returning to practice, or in schools and colleges by assigning learners to specific scenarios at different times to align with the curriculum requirements. Educators can then asynchronously debrief through a video conference, using automated feedback and case-reflection of the learner as a debriefing springboard.




Others use OMS Distance for group learning-with learners going through the same scenario at the same time, then group debriefing and case teaching at a video conference. This allows for more team discussion of cases and the ability to review labs, imagery and ECGs as a class.




Others are limiting what they expect learners to do in a scenario-asking them to perform only the history and physical examination of clinical scenarios, using this as a clinical experience structured with more junior learners in mind.




At the end of the day, there is no 'correct' way to use the WHO system, which makes the platform versatile enough to fit any program's objectives.


The article was written by Larry Singul, Israel's Virtual Reality 2013.




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