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Michelle Davison: Making Meaningful Learning Experiences at DFTB17


This talk was recorded live on the final of DFTB17 in Brisbane. If you missed out in 2017 then why not book your leave for 2018 now. Tickets are on sale for the pre-conference workshops as well as the conference itself at

Michelle is a powerhouse of paediatric education. She has leveraged her interest in both paediatrics and simulation to create EduAcute. At DFTB17 she talked about what fidelity in simulation actually means. Do we need to have the fanciest, most expensive mannequins to achieve our learning outcomes? It is all well and good playing with expensive toys but if our learners don’t actually learn anything other than “Wow, that mannequin was really realistic” then what was the point.

Anyone that has sat an OSCE knows that low fidelity simulation can feel very, very real. Michelle reminds us that it is really the educator, as the centre of the learning experience, that matters.

Starting with Miller’s assessment of clinical skills, competence and performance she outlines how whether fidelity truly matters.

Miller GE. The assessment of clinical skills/competence/performance. Academic medicine. 1990 Sep 1;65(9):S63-7.

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(COI declaration – Andy Tagg has an honorarium for teaching on Michelle’s courses and has learnt to cry on cue)

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