Learning from Failure – An Important Step in Innovation

Tierny, T; Fleishman, C; Arancibia, C; Abe, K; Blatt, J; Brem, B; Al-Ajmi, R M; Smith, C (June 2022). Learning from Failure – An Important Step in Innovation (Unpublished). In: 21st Annual Conference of the Association of SP educators. New Orleans. 26.06.-29.06.2022.

There is a reluctance to publish “negative” data in many fields. However, there is so much to be learned from what did not work! Failure can be an important step in innovation. Health professional educators around the world strive to deliver effective SP-based interventions for their learners by leveraging on the strengths and opportunities whilst mitigating any challenges they face in their local context. The pandemic has created unprecedented pressure to “try something new” as we navigate the prevailing safe management measures and restrictions imposed at various levels (government, organizational, personal preference). Whilst many adaptations result in effective interventions, sometimes we learn more from the innovations that did not go quite as planned. The ability to see failure as a stepping-stone to success is a quality we should celebrate.
The Association of SP Educators (ASPE) International Committee is charged with building member networks, identifying cultural differences in context and approach to SP simulation, and outlining needs of international SP programs. In this spirit, SP educators from the ASPE International Committee, representing several countries, will present examples of times they learned a great deal through trial and error. They will offer suggestions for adaptations of SP practice and describe lessons learned with reference to the ASPE Standards of Best Practice and with particular emphasis on ethical components, including safe work practices.

Workshop Objectives
Describe ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has been a driver for change
Explore examples of innovations and adaptations to practice
Reflect on the value of failure as a steppingstone in innovation

Planned Format
Through a series of micro presentations interspersed with large and small group discussions, we will hear examples of lessons learned through innovation during a time of unprecedented change.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Abstract)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education
04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education > Education and Media Unit (AUM)

UniBE Contributor:

Brem, Beate


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Daniel Bauer

Date Deposited:

09 Dec 2022 11:15

Last Modified:

13 Dec 2022 12:12

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Association of SP Educators, Altamonte Springs



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