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Healthcare Simulation

The Department of Healthcare Simulation provides simulation-based learning activities to help students master their clinical skills, preparing them to provide safe and effective patient care of the highest quality.

We use simulation-based training to provide a practice setting where skills and behaviors can be mastered in a realistic work-based setting. Here, we can learn from mistakes without compromising the wellbeing of human patients.

In healthcare, simulation-based training serves as an active learning technique to help students master crucial clinical behaviors such as performing a history and physical exam, using appropriate interpersonal communication, and engaging in accurate clinical reasoning. We use a variety of simulation techniques, including mannequin-based simulation, task training, virtual patient simulation and standardized patient encounters.

In addition to providing RFUMS students and faculty with simulation-based learning activities, our department is also committed to research and scholarship identifying best practices to advance the most effective use of simulation based training in healthcare disciplines.

The Education and Evaluation Center

Our Education and Evaluation Center is home to one the most respected standardized patient programs in the nation. We educate and assess our students for all the health programs, as well as residents from various hospitals. We also participate in community service programs, running standardized patient projects for students from local grammar schools and high schools who are interested in entering the health professions.

The Standardized Patient Program provides a controlled and safe environment for students to learn the art of patient care. During the course of their education, students will have multiple opportunities to practice this with our standardized patients - participants who have been coached to simulate actual patient scenarios - receiving feedback on their clinical and communications skills from members of the faculty, their peers and the standardized patients themselves. As a result, when the time comes for our students to begin seeing real patients in clinics and hospitals, they feel more prepared and confident.

Within the Education and Evaluation Center, students will work in an evaluation suite, which is a direct simulation of a physician’s office. There are 14 patient examination rooms, each equipped with an examination table and the necessary medical equipment found in a clinic examination room. We have the ability to record student encounters with the standardized patients, which students can later review to evaluate their clinical and communication skills.

In each exam room, standardized patients can use a testing software system to fill out a case checklist provided by our faculty. Outside the exam room, students have the opportunity to debrief the case, and may also be asked to order additional lab tests, view the results, read and interpret EKgs, MRIs, X-rays and examine different types of specimens using a computer program.

Faculty members and classmates watch from the observation room, allowing for instructors and peers to provide feedback.