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Simulation based medical education
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Research impact story
Armineh Shahoumian's doctoral research started with a focus on the use of technology for educational purposes in the NHS context and then concentrated on Simulation based medical education (SBME) by starting a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project. This was a joint project between Lancaster University's Educational Research Department and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LTHTR).
Medical students and their tutor working with a manekin in the Simulation Centre
Working as a KTP research associate for two years gave Armineh an opportunity to work in the research context and to be a participant observer of the practices taking place in the Simulation Centre. As part of the KTP project Armineh was involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of blended-SBME as a new approach into SBME, including on-line briefing, simulation, and face-to-face debriefing.
For her PhD research, Armineh investigated the practices linked to blended-SBME, and learners’ and facilitators’ perceptions, experiences and challenges in the use of blended-SBME. By working on the KTP project and being a PhD student at the same time Armineh had a unique opportunity to experience and develop an understanding of both applied and academic research.
Manekin in the Simulation Centre
Included in Armineh's research output are two papers presented at the ELearn-World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education (2012): Introducing a blended networked learning approach into simulation based medical education (SBME): A collaborative interdisciplinary approach to project development, and Theorizing blended simulation based medical education (SBME): A networked learning theory-informed perspective (co-authored with Gale Parchoma and Maria Zenios).
Forthcoming conferences with Centre members on organising or programme committees:
European Conference on Games Based Learning 2014
11th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age
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