Save Stan Simulation Saturday- Planning and Implementing an Interprofessional Simulation Day

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9363 March 12, 2013 9


Save Stan Simulation Saturday is a full day educational event encompassing a series of interprofessional (IP) health team simulations supplemented by additional communication and team educational activities. This event provides students from various health disciplines with an opportunity for collaborative experiential learning in realistic, risk-free health and community care settings. The simulations span the entire care continuum and range from post-operative, homecare, continuing care, pre-natal, sports medicine and team interviews in diverse clinical and community settings. Simulation modalities include mannequins, standardized patients and virtual worlds. Additional educational activities complement the simulation exercises; they focus on teamwork and communication and use innovative teaching approaches that range from visual and performing arts to multimedia presentations and electronic charting. The focus of all Save Stan activities is on IP communication, collaboration and role clarification. Save Stan focuses on three types of activities: 1) main simulations, 2) mini-sims and 3) teamwork and communication activities.

Save Stan Saturday has been delivered for the past two years with over 350 students and has provided facilitation opportunities for more than 100 educators from 8 organizations (educational, clinical and community-based). Preliminary analysis of the data (questionnaires and telephone interviews 3 months post event) shows that this event has a significant impact on students’ appreciation of other discipline perspectives, knowledge of own role and role of others, including role overlaps, as well as strategies to enhance IP communication. Overall, there was an increased readiness or ‘priming’ for future IP activities and collaborative practice.


King S, Ansell D, Foisy-Doll C, Magus S, Greidanus E, Kowalewska-Grochowska K. Save Stan simulation saturday- planning and implementing an interprofessional simulation day. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2013;9:9363.

Educational Objectives

  1. To demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication for patient safety.
  2. To communicate effectively in transitions in care to ensure the safety of patients.
  3. To demonstrate understanding of the principles of team work dynamics and team processes to enable effective interprofessional collaboration.
  4. To recognize competing priorities of health disciplines and encourage collaboration.
  5. To explore the professional roles and responsibilities of another profession and reflect on the areas of overlap between different profession.


  • Competencies, Cooperative Behavior, Role Clarification, Interprofessional Education Collaboration (IPEC), Multiprofessional Team


  1. King, S., & Foisey-Doll, C. (2012). Developing interprofessional Simulation Across Institutions. Society for Simulation in Healthcare-National League of Nursing’s Interprofessional Education and Healthcare Simulation Symposium. San Diego, California.
  2. Chodos, D., Stroulia, E., Boechler, P., King, S., & Carbonaro, M. (2010) Healthcare Education with Vritual-World Simulations. Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Software Engineering in Health Care, SEHC 2010 (pp. 89-99). Cape Town, South Africa: International Conference on Software Engineering.
  3. King, S., Chodos, D., Stroulia, E., Carbonaro, M., MacKenzie, M., Reid, A., Torres, L., Greidanus, E. (in press) Developing Interprofessional Health Competencies in a Virtual World, Journal of Medical Education Online, 20 pages.

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