Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Program administration includes a full time program director who is an assistant dean, a business manager, a simulation specialist, an administrative assistant, a Vidant Medical Center nurse educator, and an assistant dean for outcomes and assessment. Simulation faculty represents clinical departments and services, basic science departments, and the college of nursing. The Clinical Simulation Center is located on the First floor of the Brody Health Sciences Building in the Brody Commons area. The center encompasses 21 rooms, 7,500 sq ft., with mobile, off-site in-situ simulation capability. The center is open from 8AM-5PM Monday through Friday.
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:
- Computer programs
- Virtual reality simulators
- Self-directed learning opportunities
- Hands-on, procedural skills opportunities utilizing task trainers and models
- A gross anatomy lab procedural skills experience
- Realistic computer-enhanced, life sized high-fidelity patient simulators
- Simulated patients
- The use of clinical areas for an in-situ simulation experience
Simulation sessions allow faculty to emphasize patient safety concepts, teach and assess knowledge and skills, decision making, resuscitation concepts, teamwork and communication skills, and assist the trainee in building confidence and competency. The Clinical Simulation Center provides a collaborative learning environment where trainees and practicing health professionals learn, train, work, and rehearse together in a nonthreatening, simulated clinical environment.