More than 100 health professions educators from across Chile gathered in Santiago to attend a two-day course on simulation, held July 22-23, 2010, at the Universidad del Desarrollo. The course was the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of planning, development, and coordination among FAIMER Fellows, FAIMER faculty, the university, and members of the FAIMER Regional Initiative in Latin America (FRILA). Janet Bloomfield (PHIL 2009) and Astrid Valenzuela (PHIL 2007), both members of FRILA and the Universidad del Desarrollo faculty, spearheaded the project.
The two-day course included plenary sessions on developing simulation scenarios with standardized patients, assessing the clinical performance of students in these scenarios, and basic psychometrics. Workshops focused on standard setting and the development of scoring tools to assess clinical performance. John R. Boulet, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources at FAIMER, and Tony Errichetti, Ph.D., Chief of Virtual Medicine at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, led several sessions on the application of simulation for the training and assessment of students and health care providers. FAIMER sponsored FRILA members Ivan Solarte (PHIL 2007) from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and Andrea Dávila-Cervantes (PHIL 2009) from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México to attend the course and make presentations based on their respective simulation activities. Dr. Bloomfield, Dr. Valenzuela, and Ricardo Ronco (PHIL 2005) also presented on the simulation work being done at the Universidad del Desarrollo.
Participants provided positive feedback, and Dr. Valenzuela saw success beyond the immediate faculty development benefits, saying “This course was a very important activity in terms of raising awareness about FAIMER and FRILA, and it was a significant step toward increasing interaction and organization among the different South American countries.” Plans for additional courses are already under discussion.
To learn more about FRILA and its mission to build a network to improve health professions education throughout Latin America, please visit the FRILA website (note: this is a Spanish language website).