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Testimonials: Learners

“I would sincerely like to thank you all for the wonderful support that your entire team have provided for us today, enabling an almost flawless execution of this course. Within the field of psychiatry, this is a ground-breaking initiative that will potentially lead to many more interesting findings in the field of ECT, medical education, patient safety, and simulation. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the very significant contribution and hard work done by the staff members of the UOSSC. 

On behalf of the entire Psychiatry Team, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your time, attention, care, and dedication to make this such a successful project. I look forward to working with the uOSSC on many more exciting initiatives in the future.” 

Kiran Rabheru, MD, CCFP, FRCPC
Principal Investigator and Course Lead

“I am compelled to write because of a recent clinical experience which so plainly highlighted the immediate benefit of the uOSSC’s non-technical simulation teaching program to a patient, a family, and resident. My simulation case was that of a preeclamptic patient with poor IV access who turned eclamptic; a very rare clinical reality. The clinical scenario was further complicated by an anxious partner. 

Not a week later, I encountered the precise scenario while on call, when I was called out of the operating room to assess this particular patient myself. We stabilized the patient, maintained continuous assessment of fetal status, consulted the appropriate services, and organized emergent delivery of the infant. The outcome was good for both mother and baby. Throughout the clinical event, I found myself drawing on my experience at the simulation centre. My performance during the clinical event improved in a number of ways. Role definition and communication were much better defined during the actual event. The medical knowledge was present and the treatments were provided without delay. 

In summary, I think that non-technical simulation is of great value. I am certain that, in my recent clinical experience, it was beneficial to a patient, her newborn, and her whole family. My recent experience illustrates to me the link between solid resident training and improved patient safety. Thank you to you and your team. Thanks for having me at the simulation centre.” 

Adam Garber
University of Ottawa, Resident
Obstetrics and Gynecology

“I find that most people are quick to advise when they are disappointed with something, but often do not follow up on excellence. I wanted to let you know that I couldn’t have asked for better than having our Research Day at the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre yesterday. The room was set up perfectly before I arrived – the speakers, microphone, and chairs were all ready to go.  Normally with our research day, I have considerable amount of set up required – not needed this time. 

Everyone at the uOSSC joined in to assist throughout the day, even though I know most tasks had nothing to do with their actual jobs – everyone just kept repeating that they are a small group and they work together as a team.  They are a great team! From duct taping down the speaker cables to helping us hook up a Mac to the projector (thanks for your help with that too), everyone pitched in.”

Dorothy Found
Program Administrator
General Surgery Residency Training Program