Dr. Amitai Ziv discusses maximizing the learning benefits for those involved in a simulation, which he calls "being on the hot seat," or engaged in active observation. Given the time and financial constraints of the average hospital, the amount of time any one person will be in the “hot seat” (i.e., actually taking part in a simulation) will be limited. Additionally, by providing structured opportunities for others to take part in the debriefing (e.g., by asking specific questions and requesting their interpretations of what happened and what could be improved), they can also gain from the experience, even if they didn’t take part in the simulation.
Dr. Ziv's week-long visit to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in September of 2013 included presentations and meetings involving a wide range of staff from disciplines working in addictions and mental health. He also met with members of SIM-one, Ontario's Healthcare Simulation Network (sim-one.ca), including Dr. Bruce Ballon of CAMH.
Amitai Ziv is the Deputy Director of the Sheba Medical Center in Israel, where he is responsible for Patient Safety and Medical Education. He is the founder and Director of MSR, Israel's Center for Medical Simulation (msr.org.il). He is a veteran combat pilot and instructor in the Israeli Air-Force, and trained in pediatrician in Israel and in medical management. Professor Ziv is a clinical associate professor and Chairman of the Department of Medical Education at Tel Aviv University's Medical School.