May 2024 Center for Simulation and Innovation Updates

May 2, 2024

Read more below to see what our Center for Simulation and Innovation has been up to recently!

Enhancing Dermatology Skills Through “Speed Dating” Simulation for Primary Care Track Residents

Primary Care Track residents recently participated in a groundbreaking dermatology “speed dating” simulation where they honed their skills in diagnosing and treating dermatologic conditions under time constraints. This innovative approach simulated real clinical scenarios, with residents interacting with standardized patients to conduct focused examinations, gather medical histories, and formulate treatment plans within a time constraint of 10 minutes per patient. The diverse array of dermatologic presentations, including conditions like atopic dermatitis and skin cancer, challenged residents to think on their feet and apply their knowledge effectively. Notably, the efficient design of the simulation allowed for six simultaneous scenarios in two simulation rooms, showcasing the team’s creativity in maximizing learning opportunities. The success of this simulation is set to be shared through publication and presentation at the 2025 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, paving the way for advancements in medical education and simulation-based training.

Rolling Out the Red Carpet: Welcoming New Faces to Lanier Park Learning Lab’s Simulation Center

At the simulation center, we are thrilled to welcome new faces with open arms and a touch of glamour. As our new patient care technicians (PCTs) and nurse residents step into the Lanier Park Learning Lab for their first day, we roll out the red carpet to showcase how important and valued they are to our team. This symbolic gesture symbolizes our excitement and appreciation for their presence, setting the stage for a warm and inclusive environment where learning, growth and collaboration thrive. Welcome to the simulation center, where every new face is a valued member of our healthcare family.

Dynamic Pediatric Simulation: Collaboration and Expertise in Action on the Pediatric/Women’s Health Unit

In a recent pediatric in situ simulation on the pediatric/women’s health unit, unit educator Kami English, assistant nurse managers Allison Perez and Natalie Winters, along with subject matter expert Tina Johnson and the Center for Simulation and Innovation team members, led the simulation experience. The scenario involved a five-month-old infant in respiratory distress, prompting the interprofessional team to spring into action when the patient’s father urgently sought help upon noticing his daughter’s declining oxygen levels. The team demonstrated swift assessment, intervention administration, care escalation coordination and resource mobilization to deliver optimal care. As the situation intensified to respiratory failure and cardiac arrest, the team relied on their Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training to initiate resuscitation efforts. The presence of a standardized patient portraying the concerned father, a high-fidelity manikin, and a task trainer for rapid response RNs practicing intraosseous (IO) access enhanced the dynamic and immersive learning experience for all staff participants, showcasing their clinical expertise and teamwork skills under pressure.

The Impact of Technology on Education in the Digital Age

The Center for Simulation and Innovation is leading the way in medical training with its innovative use of 3D printing technology. By designing, modeling, and 3D-printing trainers and components, the center is able to create cost-effective, customizable solutions for medical professionals. Projects such as cervical models for biopsy training, simulated umbilical cords for blood sampling practice, and eyeball models for tonometer training showcase the center’s commitment to providing realistic and diverse training experiences. Through ongoing research on simulating ligaments and other anatomical structures, the center is revolutionizing medical training to better prepare professionals for a wide range of scenarios, ultimately enhancing patient care and outcomes.

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