Echocardiography Simulation: As part of first year anatomy and physiology teaching for cardiac and respiratory physiology students.
Background: Simulation based training has been widely used in other professions for many years but with recent technological developments, the use of simulation in healthcare education is increasing. With facilitation by the educator, simulation allows students to engage with the learning process and apply their theoretical knowledge.
In the past we have used the simulator as part of echocardiography teaching for third year cardiac physiology students but this is the first time we have used it as part of anatomy and physiology teaching.
Aim: To use echocardiography simulation during a teaching session to increase students knowledge and understanding or cardiac anatomy.
Teaching session: A HEARTWORKSⓇ transthoracic echocardiography simulator was used as part of a teaching session on cardiac and vascular anatomy.
29 first year cardiac and respiratory & sleep physiology students took part in the session. They had been given prior theoretical sessions on the cardiac and vascular anatomy. Students used the simulator in small groups and each member of the group was given hands-on experience with the echocardiography simulator.
Results: 52% of students responded to an online feedback survey. 100% of students felt the simulator added to their knowledge of cardiac anatomy.
93% of students felt the simulator added to their understanding or cardiac anatomy. 100% of students valued the hands-on element of the session. 100% of students felt the simulator should be incorporated into additional teaching sessions.
This session will be delivered as a poster presentation. I plan to also have a screen demonstrating how the technology can be used to improve anatomy and physiology knowledge. Although this session was for healthcare science students the same methods can be applied for other disciplines. I have also been granted permission by the manufacturers of the simulator to use a link to a video demonstrating the technology by having a QR code on the poster.
New technology can be incorporated into many different sessions. Adding a hands-on element to a teaching session can enhance student engagement. The simulator proved popular with students and they felt it added to their existing knowledge and understanding of cardiac anatomy.
Anatomy and physiology