Our consciousness is flooded from all angles with news of change: political, social, environmental, scientific, healthcare, to name a few. At this time of rapid change, reaction and adjustment we are reminded of the old adage “the only constant is change”, and yet we encounter resistance to change in so many of the contexts in which we function.
Whether it be our clinical practice, our education interventions, or in our simulation-based activities, haven’t we all encountered a complacency justified only by “that’s the way we’ve always done it”? As educators we can encourage and model change in many ways. We can reveal deficits in need of improvement at an individual, team, process or system level. We can advocate for the implementation of novel strategies of education that confer learning in an efficacious and evidence-based fashion, and depart from dusting off that same old PowerPoint presentation. Further, we can model change by refreshing our own simulation content: revisit our needs assessment, try new modalities or scenarios, encourage faculty development by pushing ourselves and colleagues outside our tried-and-tested comfort zone. Or how about welcoming a peer observer to our teaching interventions, soliciting peer-to-peer feedback or an evaluation of our contributions?
If one constant is change, another constant is our passion: our passion for improving the quality of healthcare we provide; our passion for finding the best ways to disseminate learning; our passion for the power of learning through simulation and conversation. Please continue to wave the flag for that passion! Please renew your IPSS membership and encourage others to join – by increasing our global reach we expand our community of educators and further disseminate these crucial principles and messages.
Wishing you all energy and enthusiasm for all your endeavours, both sim-related and beyond!