With the use of simulation as an educational modality, emergency medicine resident physicians learn and practice clinical skills in a dynamic, reality-based, risk-free environment. Simulation and procedural skills curriculum delivery is organized into a self-directed pre-course study component, didactic reinforcement, and a hands-on, simulation-based experience. Simulation sessions allow faculty to emphasize patient safety concepts, teach and assess knowledge and skills, decision making, code organization, team concepts, communication skills, and assist the resident in building confidence and competency.
The mission of the Clinical Simulation Program is to promote excellence in clinical care, promote both patient and learner safety, and improve multidisciplinary team performance through the use of simulation modalities. The program brings together simulation-based education throughout the medical center, health sciences campus, and university. It makes use of a variety of simulation modalities for teaching, practice, performance assessment, and maintenance of skills such as:
- Access to web-based opportunities for self-directed study and didactics
- A variety of hands-on skills lab opportunities utilizing part-task trainers and models
- Computer-enhanced, full-scale high-fidelity simulators
- A Gross anatomy procedural skills experience
- The use of patient care areas for in-situ simulation experiences
The Clinical Simulation Center, located on the first floor of the Brody Health Sciences Building in close proximity to the Emergency Department, provides a collaborative learning environment where trainees and practicing health professionals learn, train, work, and rehearse together in a nonthreatening, simulated clinical environment.