- Where is the OxSTaR Centre located?
We are located on the ground floor of the modular building, below the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics at the John Radlcliffe Hospital. Entry is via a buzzer system.
- Do we get fed?
Yes. Lunch and coffee is provided.
- What should I do if I am unable to attend?
Please let us know as soon as you are unable to make it. Please PHONE us on 01865-231515 or 01865-234527 or drop an email to email@example.com.
We will relay back to your medical school tutor that you were unable to attend and the reasons why.
- Do I have to be videoed?
To help us deliver effective feedback we would recommend that you allow us to video you, it is always interesting and illustrative to watch yourself in action! However, we will ask for your consent before videoing you. We may also ask you if we can keep your video for future teaching purposes, again we will ask for your consent before doing this.
- What should I bring with me?
Please bring what you would normally take with you to work. This includes any reference books and stethoscopes.
- What should I wear in the simulator?
Dress as you would if you were going to work. No swimmers please.
- Will it be stressful?
We aim to make this a fun, informal day. However, managing medical emergencies is stressful and this is no different in the realistic setting of the simulator. As an F1 you will be in pairs, so you will be able to work together to solve any problems and hopefully this will make the scenario less stressful for you.
- Do I need previous simulator experience?
No. One of the aims of the day is to introduce you to learning in a simulated environment.
- What's wrong with just learning how to manage medical emergencies clinically?
Nothing at all, but the simulator can be a far more effective way of learning. Emergencies are unpredictable, so you may not be exposed to all the different common emergencies clinically, but in the simulator you will see a range of clinical emergencies. Clinically you are unlikely to receive detailed feedback on your management of the patient, but in the simulation centre we have the time and equipment to provide sound feedback. Best of all, the simulator allows you to learn without any risk of harm to the patient.
- I haven't done my/I'm not doing a medical/surgical attachment, so do I still need to come?
Yes, you need to come. These are common medical/surgical emergencies that all doctors are required to manage and you may come across these emergencies in any of the medical specialties.
- Who are the OxSTaR tutors?
Most of the OxSim faculty are anaesthetists, both consultants and senior trainees. They have received training in managing scenarios and giving feedback. They have vast experience of managing all sorts of clinical emergencies. Occasionally the simulation centre coordinator also debriefs. He is an experienced ALS instructor, Operating Department Practitioner and is also aircrew on the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. As a rule, they are all extremely nice people - not to mention goodlooking too.
- Is there any pre course reading?
No, but you may wish to briefly revise your management of clinical emergencies, so as to gain the most out of the day. Handouts will be available at the end of the day.