One of the Center for Medical Simulation’s greatest strengths is the quality and depth of its faculty. We are fortunate to have a select number of outstanding faculty members who help teach our courses all over the world. Some are based here in the Boston area, but many hail from places as far flung as Hong Kong, Australia, England, Spain, and France to name a few. Their backgrounds vary, but each one is exceptional educator capable of helping to deliver the type of high quality, transformative educational experience that is the hallmark of CMS’ faculty development courses.
One of these outstanding educators, Dr. Albert Chan will be assisting Mary Fey, PhD when CMS delivers its Online Healthcare Simulation Essentials: Design and Debriefing Course (HSEDD) for the Centre for Healthcare Simulation (CHS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) next month.
CMS recently asked Dr. Chan to tell us a bit about himself.
Dr. Albert Chan Background
Dr. Albert Chan MBBS, FHKCA, FHKAM (Anaesthesiologist), FANZCA is a Specialist in Anaesthesiology, Sub-specializing in Cardiac Anaesthesia, an Associate Consultant, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Prince of Wales Hospital, a Clinical Assistant Professor (Honorary), Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is currently a MHPE student at University of Maastricht.
What is it about simulation that interests/excites you?
Simulation has been an integral part of training for me ever since I entered into the Anaesthesia specialty years ago! When I became a Fellow, I became very interested in education, and particularly in simulation-based medical education. It was not until I became a Visiting Scholar/Fellow at CMS that my eyes truly opened to the world of simulation and debriefing. The most exciting thing for me is that when simulation results in transformational change in educators and learners alike, or when it actually results in process or system improvements that improve patient outcome!
From the clinical end, I am focusing on Perioperative medicine, and have been actively engaging various specialties to jointly improve the patients’ Perioperative outcome. It is very exciting, because I am learning lots about other professions — e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy — that I never had the chance to communicate with before! I am also working on a Smart Hospital project — Perioperative medicine application — that will hope to improve the patients’ Perioperative experience.
On the simulation front, I have mostly in involved in translational simulation in our department. The most recent project is in simulation to enhance staff capacity for management of COVID patients during high risk procedures. The next project will be testing out the new information system prior to implementation.
Research/ Teaching Area Focus
The Focus of my MHPE is on how residents process feedback in the workplace, and to identify any barriers to feedback processing that can be resolved with educational programs. This is particularly important considering the cultural implications of implementing a feedback-based training program amongst our residents. Another area of focus is using clinical events debriefing to enhance team competence and improve clinical processes.
Chan AK, Rudolph JW, Lau VN, Wong HM, Wong RS, Lo TS, Choi GY, Joynt GM. Rapid cycle system improvement for COVID-19 readiness: integrating deliberate practice, psychological safety and vicarious learning. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning. 2020 Aug 21: bmjstel-2020.
Buléon C, Minehart RD, Bergot E, Chan A, Fischer MO. Pandemic chain of survival: Gathering strength to revive our societies. Anaesthesia, critical care & pain medicine. 2020 Jul 31:S2352-5568.
COVIDSurg Collaborative*. Global guidance for surgical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Br J Surg 2020. DOI: 10.1002/bjs.11646. * Collaborating author: Albert Chan
Choi GY, Wan WT, Chan AK, Tong SK, Poon ST, Joynt GM. Preparedness for COVID-19: in situ simulation to enhance infection control systems in the intensive care unit. British Journal of Anaesthesia. 2020 Apr 10.
Chan AK, Nickson CP, Rudolph JW, Lee A, Joynt GM. Social media for rapid knowledge dissemination: early experience from the COVID‐19 pandemic. Anaesthesia. 2020 Mar 30.
Outside of work, I am trying to pick up some new hobbies, and have recently been really engaged in wake surfing and skateboarding — consider these family activities because I am learning them with my wife and two children!