Hands-on, Thumbs-up


Blog post by SimGHOSTS board member Lizzy Wooley.

There are four distinctive leaning styles when it comes to education which are visual, auditory, read & write, and kinesthetic. The visual learners prefer the use of images, maps, and graphic organizers to access and understand new information. The auditory learners best understand new content through listening and speaking in situation such as lectures and group discussions. Also they use repetition as a learning technique and benefit from the use of mnemonic device. Read & Write people learn best through words. They may present themselves as copious note takers or avid readers, and are able to translate abstract concepts into words and essays. Finally, the kinesthetic learners best understand information through tactile representations of information. They are hands-on leaners and learn the best through figuring things out by hand. We are aware of that all people have different learning  styles, however; I believe  most of sim techs might be more leaning toward to the kinesthetic  and visual learner type as I am.

I’ve realized my learning style when participating in the ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) training. They had skills training session and was utilizing  the tracheostomy, chest tube simulator that was also in my facility.  Even though I knew how to put the simulator together, I’ve never got to practice on it in person since there was disposable cost associated with. When I actually puncture and cut the skin to perform at ATLS training, it all came into pieces and helped me understand how the simulator works better. Also, I could tell I’m the hands-on learning on these following situations. Whenever our facility gets new simulator, I hardly read the manual fully and just start to put it together. If something doesn’t seem right, then I find the similar photo on the manual and read the specific part only. Also, to learn some medical knowledge that is incorporated with scenario or skills trainers curriculum, I tend to look for the video to watch rather than try to find any type of reading materials.  

For sim techs, this kind of skills is important since we often confront technical issues that require attention right away such as in the in-situ training session. Once the issue occurs, we will have to come up with solution to proceed the training, however; it would be a lot easier to fix with the hands-on trials and experiences rather than trying to find the manual online and read. For these reasons, I believe SimGHOSTS is the perfect place to learn how to become more efficient sim tech. This is the opportunity to actually have hands-on training that you can learn better than reading or even just watching the videos. There has been lots of requests for more hands-on training courses at SimGHOSTS, so this year I’m going to run the workshop that goes through BLS equipment and its placement on the manikin. Hope this hands-on session will be a thumbs-up course!