Table 3.

The Simulated Delivery Room Training Program Evaluation

Disagree (%)Neutral (%)Agree (%)
Introductory materials
 The reading materials are helpful.54352
 The reading materials should be read before the course.54649
 The “Introduction to CRM” lecture is helpful.3889
 The aerospace videotape/debriefing is helpful.0595
 The medical videotape/debriefing is helpful.00100
 The orientation to the simulated delivery room is adequate.51382
Physical space
 The simulator space resembles a real delivery room.0397
 The temperature in the simulator is comfortable.82468
 The lighting in the simulator is adequate.0892
 The acoustics in the simulator are adequate.3889
 The video cameras are nonobtrusive.3889
 The seating in the debriefing room is comfortable.0595
 The lighting in the debriefing room is adequate.00100
 The acoustics in the debriefing room are adequate.00100
Faculty
 The faculty members adequately simulate real-life roles.00100
 The faculty members are enthusiastic.00100
Equipment
 The hotbed is adequate.3889
 The intubation equipment is adequate0397
 The umbilical cannulation equipment is adequate.03565
 The neonatal code cart is adequate.31483
 The medication supply is adequate.01486
 The neonatal manikin provides a real-life experience.133750
 The audiovisual equipment in the debriefing room is adequate.01189
Scenarios
 The scenarios recreate real-life situations.0397
 The scenarios adequately test technical skills.0595
 The scenarios adequately test behavioral skills.00100
 The debriefings focus on crisis management skills.0397
 The debriefings clarify issues raised during the scenario.0397
 The debriefings allow participants to self-critique.00100
 The debriefings adequately critique each scenario.00100
 The debriefings enhance knowledge.00100
Other issues
 The technical skills taught in the course are valuable.0595
 The behavioral skills taught in the course are valuable.0397
*What part(s) of the course did you like the best?
  “Practicing taking a leadership role; great to be the leader and then see yourself on video and really think about what you were doing and why; I learn best from ‘doing’ and this was a great opportunity for that; debriefing sessions were helpful and positive learning experiences for all participants; real-life simulation instills a lot of confidence in starting on living patients—very good experience; the debriefings; the scenarios; video debriefing; direct, immediate feedback; personalized learning—ability to focus on individual strengths and weaknesses; feedback sessions were handled quite tactfully and positively; interaction, dynamism; the debriefing sessions—really helpful to go over the sim sessions in detail breaking them into short takes.”
*What part(s) of the course did you like the least?
  “The anticipation of a scenario; initial orientation; literally none; sweating, fear of the unknown; my tachycardia; no complaints at all.”
*What could make the course better?
  “Having more scenarios to go through; more scenarios; more often; the only thing I can think of is to improve the manikin; improve responsiveness of baby, if possible; excellent as is—I recommend it for all residents; it's great!”
*Other comments
  “This was very useful to me, very useful in teaching/learning communication skills; thanks!; great experience, you did a good job making me feel comfortable in a potentially threatening environment; manikin made me realize how much I rely on sensory input in the delivery room; I don't think having a less than perfect manikin mattered—I felt this was very valuable training and will help when I'm in the NICU; it was surprisingly enjoyable and a fun way to learn; very helpful; I thought the debriefing was an excellent learning opportunity—the actors in the room help make the situation seem more realistic; will be good to repeat the course with different scenarios later; thank you!”
  • NICU indicates neonatal intensive care unit.

  • * Excerpts selected by authors.