SAGE – Simulation Activities in Gerontological Education, is our premiere Simulated Participant (SP) program - a unique, volunteer-based and geriatric-focused simulation program, in collaboration with Volunteer Services. A simulated participant (SP) is a well individual trained to portray a patient, client, family member or healthcare provider. SPs provide educators and learners with opportunities to learn, assess and refine a variety of skills, including communication, interviewing, assessment, and other interprofessional competencies. SPs perform their role within the framework of a learning scenario designed by educators with our simulationist to meet specific curriculum objectives.
The SAGE program supports a wide variety of educational programs to promote care that is responsive to the social, cultural and health system contexts within gerontological care. One of the challenges in Ontario is that very few SP programs exist, and among these, geriatric SPs are scarce. Baycrest’s SAGE program uniquely fills that gap and positions us as a leader in the field of simulation.
Meet some of our SAGE Simulation Participants (SPs) and hear what they have to say about SAGE.