Lightning Talk

Using an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Lens to Understand, Create, and Establish Psychological Safety in Simulation-enhanced Interprofessional Education.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm CDT

In this Lightning Talk, preliminary findings will be presented from a narrative research study that used an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) lens to understand how psychological safety (PS) is created, reinforced, and/or reflected in simulation-enhanced interprofessional education (Sim-IPE). Learning from and about the perspectives of students, educators, and simulated participants, including those from historically underrepresented groups, was a central focus in the study.

Psychologically safe learning environments enable the voicing of opinions, disagreements, and/or asking for help without fear of repercussion. PS is crucial within Sim-IPE so that diverse experiences are represented and supported. Yet, hierarchical structures in practice and education inhibit PS. Using an EDI lens allows for identification of factors that influence motivation to speak up concerning broader social issues that disproportionately impact students from historically underrepresented groups.

Understanding participants’ experiences will help generate strategies to cultivate equitable, diverse, and inclusive Sim-IPE environments that include psychologically safe discussions about power imbalances, gender, race, (dis)ability, hierarchy, status, and professional divisions. Moreover, we believe this approach will limit the perpetuation of vulnerabilities that are disproportionately experienced by members of historically underrepresented groups. In doing so, the impact of racism and bias within and among members of the healthcare team, and the patients and families they serve, can be addressed. Psychologically safe Sim-IPE that is created and facilitated from an EDI lens will nurture future healthcare providers to be key contributors in collaborative teams and considerate of realities and societal conditions different from their own. A pedagogical shift in academia and practice is required to support psychologically safe Sim-IPE and to ensure that educators and simulated participants facilitate learning that supports EDI and PS.