UBC Family Practice Program – Indigenous Sites

“As someone who works in remote communities, Sim training is invaluable. I get to make mistakes in a safe setting where no one gets hurt, and I bring that learning to my work. So often I’m encountering clinical scenarios I haven’t yet addressed in real life but I have practiced in Sim.

With the help of St Paul’s Sim program, I am building a Sim program for the UBC Family Medicine Indigenous Site, to offer residents who work in remote Indigenous communities the opportunity to build their skills, teamwork, knowledge and confidence. I strongly believe Sim training gives doctors the confidence to do rural and remote work, who might not otherwise consider it.”

Mary Koziol, MD CCFP (she/her)
Primary Care Physician, Carrier Sekani Family Services


ICU – St. Paul’s Hospital

“The best of both worlds. Simulation is applying didactic learned knowledge into action. That ‘deer caught in the headlights’ look, your body is frozen while someone is dying in front of you. Making mistakes is a GOOD thing during simulation.

How about our multigenerational mix of staff? From 22 years old to 72 years old! We all learn differently but everyone must put it to the same action.

With simulation, there’s less talking and more doing. The learned tactile knowledge of how to use equipment and adapting procedures to our own physical limitations or the team’s physical limitations. When the bed is in the lowest position for the CPR provider, the physician has to squat in order to look into the patient’s mouth to put a breathing tube into the trachea. The most important person is the one performing the best CPR for optimal brain recovery. Improving patient care and saving lives. Team building with staff, learning each other’s quirks and bonding with side conversations. A bond that can last a lifetime.

Simulation provides peace of mind for instructors. We can see when the light bulb goes off and staff are applying knowledge to action. We can provide more practice with simulation for those that need a little more time. Responsive teaching with simulation. We can’t go backwards.”

Susan Bello RN, BSN
Clinical Nurse Educator, ICU
St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver