Aviation Medicine – AeroMedical Transfer Scenario

This scenario focused on clinical competency in the special environment of transporting the critically ill.

Screen shot of AeroMedical transfer scenario

Who was involved?

Rob Griffiths (Academic Coordinator, Occupational and Aviation Medicine Unit, UOW) conceived the idea of a virtual world scenario for aeromedical transfer.
The Virtual Plane was built, furnished, and programmed by Aaron Griffiths (F/Xual Education Services) supported by an Otago University Teaching Development grant.

Why did I / We develop this piece of eLearning?

We developed the aeromedical transfer scenario to specifically test the ability of postgraduate course participants, mostly ICU and ED residents, to manage a complex and critically ill patient in the very confined space of the Metroliner aircraft.

Student gains:

Our students tell us that the scenario is great for testing their decision-making and communication.
However, they also tell us that we need to enhance the clinical information they are provided with.

The best thing about developing this piece of eLearning was:

It enables international distance learning students to engage with teaching staff and other students to collectively work through clinical problems in a realistic scenario with a dynamic simulation that tests vigilance, decision making and team communication. We realised that once students engage with the clinical problem, the need for high fidelity is probably unnecessary, although we do want to test that.

The Challenges:

One of the biggest challenges was keeping all the required medical specialists engaged with the initiative. We learned that clinicians are busy people and adding another project, no matter how enthusiastic they are, to their time can result in frustration all round.

Tools / Resources used in this initiative:

We built the scenario in Second Life.

We also engaged an outside contractor (F/Xual Education Services) to do the actual building work, as the department did not have the capacity or knowledge to complete this work.

Because the development team was scattered around the country a  number of discussions and meeting were held using Skype.

Other interesting information about this initiative:

Here is a promotional video about this project: http://unitube.otago.ac.nz/view?m=R56S3fDhaHi.

This post has more info Virtual Worlds and here is a link to EDUCAUSE’s 7 Things you should know about Virtual Worlds.

Want to know more about this project?
Contact Rob Griffiths in the Occupational and Aviation Medicine Unit, UOW

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