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WKS5: HESAV: transversality and specificity of simulated patient training IN FRENCH (Chebil Dobbi, Isabelle; Gaudin, Corinne)
Friday, 02/Sept/2022:
10:15am - 12:30pm

Location: CHUV auditorium Charlotte Olivier

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HESAV: transversality and specificity of simulated patient training (IN FRENCH)

Isabelle Chebil Dobbi, Corinne Gaudin

HESAV, Switzerland


HESAV is a university of health that offers training through simulation within its 4 Bachelor programs and its Health Propaedeutic Year. The simulated patient program was created in 2009. In collaboration with the teachers, it quickly set up a few simulated patient stations. Today, the program offers about 50 formative and summative stations. Some simulated patients (SP) have been loyal to the program since its inception. Over the years, SP training has thus been refined and perfected so that all actors involved in the simulation can achieve the target objectives for good professional practice.


This workshop will aim to present a part of the training methodology of the SP program at HESAV, through the eyes of the SP trainer and the simulated patient.

Target audience:

SP trainers, simulation collaborators, teachers, pedagogues.


Simulated patients play an important role in enhancing the professional skills of student nurses, physiotherapists, midwives and radiology technicians.

The SP program has been offering a training based on a pedagogical methodology that is both transversal and specific to each program.

Indeed, each program sets learning objectives related to the level of training of its students. The training of SPs is then adapted to these objectives, which in most cases overlap between the programs.

SPs are trained to embody a patient role as well as to give constructive feedback.

After several years of experience and training, the SPs have tools that enable them to handle any type of simulation situation within each HESAV program.

These tools, mainly focused on the communication between a patient and a health professional, are essential to reach the pedagogical objectives of the teachers.

The training is adapted to each simulated patient. Indeed, SP have very different life paths that influence their games and feedbacks. The main objective of the SP trainers is to preserve the specificity of each SP, while ensuring the key values of a successful simulation experience: safety, reliability, adaptability and relevance.

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