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All FY1 and FY2 doctors working at the John Radcliffe Hospital are offered a day in the OxSTaR centre where they experience dealing with critical situations. Here you will find more information and some answers to frequently asked questions.

The aim of your day in the OxSTaR centre is to better prepare you for dealing with commonly encountered medical and surgical emergencies. The simulation centre is the best place to do this because the beauty is no patients will come to any harm.

During the day we run scenarios using our medium fidelity simulator – a full body manikin capable of mimicking a real patient. He/she can even talk to you. We expect you to treat “Sim-Man” as you would treat a real patient.

If you are an F1, before each scenario you will be placed in pairs and then expected between you to manage a scenario involving an emerging medical  problem. If you are an F2 you will be expected to manage the scenario on your own. The scenarios are based on real emergencies and are what you would see on a relatively frequent basis in real life on the wards or in A&E. Each scenario lasts approximately 15-20 mins. During the scenario, if you consent us to, we will video your performance.

Following each scenario there will be a feedback session in the debriefing room. Here a tutor will facilitate your group to analyse the scenario and teach you or help you revise the aspects that the scenario highlighted. The video of the scenario may also be used to aid this debriefing. The focus of the feedback will be on the clinical management of the case, but may on occasion also include feedback on the non-technical aspects (for example teamworking and leadership skills) of your performance.

The day is NOT AN ASSESSMENT. It is simply a learning opportunity for you to revise your skills for managing medical emergencies. No aspect of your simulator performance is passed back to your medical tutors. However, we do report “no shows” to the medical school. The aim of the day is to provide an informal and fun training day.

Remember, this is NOT AN ASSESSMENT.

We receive consistently excellent feedback from your colleagues and hope that you will also enjoy the day.

Should you need to get in touch with us our contact details are on this website.