Healthcare Simulation

Effectiveness of different educational methods on skills development

Workplace: Department of Simulation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University
Supervisor: Marc Lazarovici, MD.


Comparing the effectiveness of different educational methods on skills development, such as inserting an IV for nursing, or drawing ABG samples for med students in year IV. The skills would be assessed at the end of the educational period and in real life after some practical experience, thus touching on the transfer of sim-based
learning to real-life practice. The comparison could be between learning with simulation, without simulation (practice on colleagues), and/or only lecture. Also, different simulation models could be compared one to another.
 Relevance: Medical education is a constantly evolving field, and identifying the most effective methods for
teaching practical skills is crucial for producing competent healthcare professionals.
 Practical Implications: The study's findings could directly impact nursing and medical education curricula.
Determining which methods (simulation, practice on colleagues, lecture-based learning) are most effective
can influence how students are taught, potentially enhancing their preparedness for real-world medical
 Transfer of Learning: Investigating the transfer of simulation-based learning to real-life practice addresses
a significant concern in medical education. Understanding how well students can apply their skills in real world
situations after simulation training is valuable for curriculum development.
 Variability in Simulation Models: Comparing different simulation models adds depth to the study.
Understanding which simulation models are most effective can guide institutions in choosing the best tools
for medical education.
 Long-term Impact: Following students into their professional careers to assess the long-term impact of
various educational methods provides valuable insights. It can shed light on how different educational
approaches affect healthcare professionals' skills and performance over time.
 Potential for Interdisciplinary Collaboration: This topic can involve collaboration with experts in medical
education, psychology, and simulation technology, fostering interdisciplinary research and enriching the
study's perspectives.


Funding for the research
Currently, the proposed work is not included in any grant project, funding from a specific research project is envisaged.

Information on funding PGS positions

The Department of Simulation Medicine is the newest department of the Medical Faculty of Masaryk University. Therefore, there is a minimum of projects connected directly do the Department of Simulation medicine. However, the Supervisor has experience in the Speciality of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine. Department operates every year Specific Research projects, of which it is possible to finance the working hours or remuneration of doctoral students in terms of their research activities. The normal amount of work paid for these projects is in the range of 0.1-0.3 FTE.

Requirements for the student according to the Board for the PhD studies in Healthcare Simulation at MU
The minimum publishing activity of the student within the Ph.D. study presents at least one first-author publication in a journal with an IF value above the median of the field or two first-author publications in a journal with an IF value in the 3rd quartile of the dissertation field (Q3). The WoS category corresponds with the dissertation topic. A condition for successful completion of the study is also an internship abroad of at least 1 month, which is an integral part of the doctoral study. As part of their studies, doctoral students also participate in teaching at the Simulation Centre of the Medical Faculty of Masaryk University.

The supervisor is actually leading 1 other PhD student, having recently completed supervision of another. He is the author or co-author of 41 records on WoS (11 as first or corresponding author), his H-index is 12, total number of citations is more than 400. He also participated in preparing several teaching materials including
eLearning materials for his university, as well as Europe-wide teaching materials in several Erasmus projects.
He is a past president of SESAM; the European Society for Simulation, and an active auditor in the Sesam Accreditation Group. The supervisor participated as a team member and as a coordinator in several national and European grant projects. In case of questions, it is possible to contact the supervisor:

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