Users' Perception of Medical Simulation Training: A Framework for Adopting Simulator Technology

Users' Perception of Medical Simulation Training: A Framework for Adopting Simulator Technology

Author: 
Leili Hayati Green
Program of study: 
Ed.D./ET
Abstract: 
Users play a key role in many training strategies, yet some organizations often fail to understand the users’ perception after a simulation training implementation, their attitude about acceptance or rejection of and integration of emerging simulation technology in medical training (Gaba, 2007, and Topol, 2012). Several factors are considered to contribute to the acceptance level of simulation training by the users, including cost, the existing training and certification policies, technical issue, realism of training, values of it, concerns about it, and its effect on the patients outcome, and medical errors (Clever, 2011and Dawson, 2006).An often overlooked factor in the success of a simulation training merger is the impact on the users and medical profession (Dickemen, 2007). This qualitative phenomenological research study explored the lived experiences of a purposeful sampling of medicals simulation training users in the decision and none decision making roles, who had been involved in simulation training at least for one year. The study obtained their perceptions, their lived experiences, feelings associated with the experience, and interactions. And then how those feelings, perception, opinions, attitudes, and interactions evolved. Data suggested that the presence of feelings attached to experience, preconceived views, existing training policies, affect the level of effectiveness, users’ view of its outlook, impact on the decisions, and the medical profession. In addition the users’ perception, beliefs, and feelings all affect the interpersonal dynamics, interactions, communications, of simulation training users during adoption of simulation technology and its implementation. Understanding the medical simulation training phenomena through the understanding of users’ perspective can redefine how they communicate, interact, share, learn in simulated environment , and from one another that help with the subsequent additions and modifications to the existing simulation training strategies.
Dedication: 
To my parents, who always stood behind me and knew I would succeed. Gone now but never forgotten. I will miss them always and love them forever. Thanks for all you did. This work is dedicated to them. And to my husband, best friend, and supporter Wayne Green, who provided unconditional love and support throughout this journey, always, encouraged me, and had to listen to me for more than three years to talk about finishing my doctoral program.
Acknowledgements: 
I want to thank my mentor, Dr. Marlyn L. Dickey, for putting up with all my problems, procrastination, always providing insightful coaching in the development process, and completion of this dissertation. She was always there to provide valuable feedback and suggestion. The word thanks will not do the justice for your efforts to help finish this work. I would also like to thank my committee members Dr. Scharbrenia Lockhart, Dr. Mohammad Sharifzadeh for their timely feedbacks, valuable insights, support, input, throughout dissertation completion process. The level of professionalism in communication demonstrated by my mentor and committee members was exceptional. I am grateful for your understanding and professionalism. I thank Dr. A. Khan, Dr. D. Edwerbine, Dr. K .Verma, Dr. L. Walden, and Dr. P. Dickman, Dr. R. Traynor, colleagues at Gippsland Audiology Services, Moh and Nazila Dadafarin of Ear and Hearing for their continual support, suggestions through the doctoral program , and dissertation completion process. I like to extent my appreciation for the help and support I received from C, Garfias my academic advisor for over three years and C. Moneke at the final process of my doctoral program. The special thanks go to the participants’ of this study who generously provided me with their valuable time. I thank my siblings and their families for their love and support, special thanks to my nephew Moh-Darvish for inspiring me. I am in debt to my beloved mother in-law Molly Green for her unconditional motherly love and support I wish she was here to see me graduate, and to my encouraging brother in-law Herbert Green, for his continued cheerleading and encouragement.