Student simulation education ambassadors for community outreach: Participate, create and lead by joining the SCSIL Student Interprofessional Learners Committee
What is the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning (SCSIL)?
We are an interprofessional centre of excellence that uses the latest medical simulation technology to enhance the skills of health care professionals. Fully integrated into McGill's medical and health sciences programs, we provide the next generation of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and more with hands-on training in difficult and potentially dangerous procedures without risk to patients.
We believe in involving our students and giving them a voice in the creation and delivery of novel initiatives that harness the power of simulation-based education.
What is the SCSIL interprofessional Learners’ Committee (SILC)?
The SCSIL Student Interprofessional Learners Committee (SILC) is a group of students from the different health professions programs within McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) who lead and participate in the design and implementation of simulation-based educational activities in order to advance public awareness of, and community engagement in, simulation-based educational activities.
A member of the SILC Committee sits on the SCSIL Education Committee to integrate activities within the SCSIL structure while providing a voice for learners to share ideas and discuss initiatives underway.
The past success of the SILC has been made possible due to the creativity and passion of students, such as yourselves, who wish to co-design programs that enrich their learning environment and improve their social engagement with fellow learners within the FMHS.
What are some of the past initiatives that SILC members have engaged in?
- Outreach activities designed to expose underrepresented youth to careers in the health professions;
- Open house events to welcome and familiarize new FMHS students to the SCSIL prior to formal introduction in their simulation curricula;
- Educating the community on priority areas through public awareness campaigns;
- Organizing special events to gather feedback on new programs or technologies being pilot tested, or exploring areas of innovation, on behalf of the SCSIL;
- The McGill World Restart a Heart (WRAH) Campaign, a global initiative that aims to increase the rates of bystander CPR. The WRAH is led by a SILC sub-committee, and supported by the SCSIL. The McGill WRAH campaign reached over one million individuals since its inception.
While SILC activities slowed down due to pandemic restrictions, it is now time to build on the success of this talented and passionate committee to create new initiatives that are meaningful to you as an emerging health professional, while delivering programs that respond to the needs of the communities we serve.
How do I apply?
On behalf of Dr. Jeffrey Wiseman, SCSIL Director of Education, and Ms. Carla Apostolova, MDCM Class of 2024 Candidate, WRAH Chair and Acting Lead of SILC, we are issuing this general call-out to express your interest in joining the SILC Committee. The goal is to renew the Executive Committee with student representatives from the different health professions programs, as well as identify interested individuals to participate in the different subcommittees or initiatives being organized by the SILC or help them create their own initiatives.
If this is of interest to you, please complete this SILC Expression of Interest Form and let us know how you would like to be involved: A representative will reach out to discuss next steps.
Should you have any questions or comments, please reach out to lucy.vicenzo [at] mcgill.ca (subject: SILC%20Committee) .