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CAEPCast: The SIM Olympiad with Dr. Tamara McColl

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From CAEP 2019

I always love the activities and experiences at CAEP, but year after year I’m drawn to the Simulation Olympiad. Every time I think it’s just incredible. This year, I decided to talk with some of the people who make the SIMOlympiad such a great experience for audiences and participants alike. In my first interview, I heard about what a good SIM team looks like, how the competition runs, and what the scope of the material covers. We also got the details on the characteristics of a winning team and how SIM hopefuls can develop their own team that will win it all at CAEP 2020.

Here is my interview with Dr. Tamara McColl of the University of Manitoba and judge for the CAEP 2019 SIMOlympiad.

(If you like to follow along, the show questions are below)

1. Tell us about yourself, what you do, where you work, and what your involvement is in the CAEP Simulation Olympiad. 

2. What is the Simulation Olympiad at CAEP for our listeners who have not attended the session or have never been to CAEP? What is the structure and what you do?

3. What kind of cases are simulated? Can you tell us an example of a good case and how the teams went through it?

4. Tell us what you look for when you see a good SIM team (both medical management and crisis resource management or CRM)?

5. How can residents and interdisciplinary teams get ready for SIM? What should they prepare to become successful at the Olympiad and at SIM in general?

6. If future teams/residents want to get involved, how do they make this happen? 

7. Any last comments?  

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Kevin Junghwan Dong

Kevin Dong is an Emergency Medicine physician in Hamilton, Ontario. His interests include medical education, mentorship, and producing video/podcasts. He completed the Digital Scholar Fellowship in 2019 and he is currently the CanadiEM Director of Multimedia.

Tamara McColl

Dr. McColl is an Assistant Professor and Director of Education Scholarship and Faculty Development with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Manitoba. She is also the CAEP21 Scientific Chair.

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