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International Journal of Healthcare Simulation
Virtual reality wraparound learning modules: an innovative approach to self-debriefing to augment learner experience

DOI:10.54531/NMWA2039, Volume: 2, Issue: Supplement 1, Pages: A42-A43
Article Type: Editorial, Article History

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    Virtual Reality (VR) simulation has opened to a lot of trainees an ability to experience various clinical scenarios in a virtual space at a time and place that suits them [1]. It also gives an opportunity for deliberate practice as one can repeat the scenario as many times as one likes till proficiency is reached. Research over the years has shown most of the learning occurs during the debriefing [2] and the VR scenario gives a unique opportunity for self-debriefing or peer-peer debriefing in small groups [3]. However, in the current VR scenarios available to trainees, there is no provision of any link at the end of the scenario to access current best practice guidelines on the topic/scenario which the learner could use as part of their self-debriefing. The project aims to create wraparound learning module around the Virtual Reality clinical scenario to include a patient journey through the hospital, current guidelines, and teaching videos so that learners could conceptualize and consolidate their learning from the VR experience


    VR scenarios available to Foundation doctors were chosen and a review of the topic and related standard best practice guidelines were reviewed on NICE, BTS, and similar resources. We also searched for real patient stories and easy to access procedural videos related to the topic and incorporated them on the module. Wraparound learning modules were created using a blended learning approach on Bridge online platform on topics like pneumothorax and infective exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. More modules are being created for the benefit of the Foundation doctors across East of England. Throughout the module reflection is encouraged and the topic is aligned to the Foundation curriculum and reviewed for quality assurance. A Likert scale survey would be sent out to the trainees who have completed the modules to assess the increase in their confidence in managing a clinical case after finishing the wraparound module.


    The results of the pre-course and post-course levels of knowledge, skills and confidence are being analysed.


    Wraparound learning modules could potentially improve learners’ experience of the VR scenario and improve learning and confidence in the clinical setting.


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    2. Rudolph JW, Simon R, Dufresne RL, Raemer DB. There’s no such thing as ‘non-judgmental’ debriefing: a theory and method for debriefing with good judgment. Simul Healthcare. 2006;1(1):49–55.

    3. Pottle J. Virtual reality and the transformation of medical education. Future healthcare journal. 2019;6(3):181–185.