A Pilot Curriculum to Integrate Standardized Patient Simulation into Clinical Pastoral Education

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Abstract

Introduction:

We describe a novel means of experiential learning for clinical pastoral care residents using standardized patient (SP) simulations.

Methods:

A prospective cohort study involving 7 clinical pastoral care residents was performed. All residents underwent 2 verbatim SP sessions and 2 simulation sessions. After all sessions, residents completed a self-evaluation. Faculty completed an evaluation and then provided a debriefing session to all residents.

Results:

Performance ratings were globally higher on simulated scenarios when compared to the verbatim sessions.

Conclusions:

More research in the field of pastoral care is needed to validate the learned professional skills that enhance a comprehensive training program through the use of medical simulation, verbatim reports, and clinical pastoral education (CPE) competencies. Medical simulation provides a promising teaching methodology for the training of CPE residents.

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