Organize a VRR Sim Session

Running a Virtual Resus Room Sim is very easy! You should be able to create a simulation experience for your learners that, like in the Sim Lab, is responsive and interactive.

Recommended VRR Session Structure

  • 4-6 Learners per group
  • 1-2 Facilitators per group
  • ~1 hour per case (20 mins for case + 30 mins for debrief + 10mins between cases)
  • All participants need: laptop, stable internet connection

What do you need to do to organize a VRR sim?

  1. Create your room
    • You can use “ready to run cases”
    • Or, you can build your own case
    • If you plan to have multiple groups doing the same case simultaneously, remember to a unique room for each group (by making a copy of your Google Slide Room).
  2. Introduce your participants to the VRR
    • We recommend that you start your session with an interactive pre-brief, to make sure everyone knows how to open the slideset, click & drag, copy & paste, etc.
  3. Teach your facilitators how to use the VRR
    • You can send them a link to these facilitator instructions ahead of time.
    • We have found it useful to run a 30min introduction session for the facilitators ahead of time to improve their confidence using the VRR.
  4. Prepare debrief materials
    • Depending on your teaching style, you may decide to create some formal learning materials.
    • For large group clerkship teaching, I like to create debrief slides to make prep easier for our busy facilitators. Here is an example of this debrief slideset here for the SVT case.
  5. Provide your facilitators details for session
    • Session details to share include: schedule, zoom + google slide links, case progression charts, debrief materials.
    • I like to keep this organized by providing facilitators a single planning document (here is an example).
  6. Please get in touch if you have any questions!

Training facilitators who are new to Sim?

We have been using the VRR as a way to introduce medical students and residents to the principles of facilitating a simulation. For completely new facilitators, we have used these slides during the facilitator training session to provide a framework about the basics of Sim:

Are you a medical student or resident organizing a session?

We love it when learners use the VRR to share their love of sim. This can be a great way to learn more about emergency medicine or to apply your critical care skills if COVID has limited your learning opportunities or extracurriculars. Remember that the most important part of sim is to create a psychologically safe learning environment. When you are choosing your facilitators, you need to be confident that they will be able to handle a potential critical safety issue (either in the domain of medical knowledge or CRM skills) in a sensitive way. Debriefing can be harder and more awkward that it looks! If you are new to sim, consider recruiting staff or senior residents to be facilitators or to observe and provide support to your junior facilitators. If you want to learn more about how to organize a VRR sim as a learner, please get in touch to connect with some experienced students and residents.

Here is an example of a VRR curriculum created by Family Medicine Residents Dr. Debbie Brace and Dr. Garvin Leung:

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