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The primary goal of the high-fidelity Medical Simulation Center (SIM Center) is to provide invaluable experiences for students in a number of programs including the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. The SIM Center also supports revenue-generating development opportunities for regional health professionals and provide revenue-generating human performance services to local citizens.
Simulation experiences typically involve high-fidelity medical mannequins which can be remotely controlled to enact planned scenarios replicating various clinical events. The simulation experiences are video-recorded (typically with multiple cameras) for later review by instructor and students. Alternatively, ‘standardized patients’ (trained actors) may interact with student clinicians and portray various illnesses (e.g. mental health symptoms). The interactions between student and ‘standardized patient’ are filmed for review and feedback.
There are several important reasons for using simulation within health care education including:
Allowing experiential learning where clinical opportunities are limited or unavailable (e.g., neonatal intensive care, pediatric acute care, labor/delivery/post-partum/recovery, etc.);
Providing students with exposure to simulated symptoms of rare events that if not identified in the clinical setting would likely result in harm or death.
Simulating invasive procedures that pose real risks to actual patients, and
Reducing litigable risk to the student and the institution by using simulators instead of real patients.
The SIM Center is located 1 block south of the main campus and is within a short walking distance from Devilbiss and Henson Halls.
The vision for the Salisbury University Medical Simulation Center targets three main goals:
Enhancing nursing, respiratory care, medical lab science, and other health care-related education at Salisbury University through:
Increasing the ability of Salisbury University to offer continuing medical education courses including standardized courses from several professional organizations (e.g. American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Society of Critical Care Medicine) and as may be required by new licensure paradigms.
Providing an opportunity for Salisbury University to offer sophisticated human performance analysis and training to the community. The M.S. program in Applied Health Physiology (AHPH) and undergraduate program in Exercise Science train their graduates to work with patients/clients in rehabilitation, fitness and/or sport performance. Currently, the programs teach techniques of evaluating physical fitness (e.g., VO₂ Max Testing, Lactate Threshold Testing, Body Fat Analysis, etc.). Developing a Human Performance Center where these measurements could easily be measured on subjects would provide a valuable learning lab for APHP and Exercise Science students. In addition, a Human Performance Lab could be a revenue-generating resource that provides valuable services for community members.
This need for simulation education is magnified by program growth (undergraduate nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program); the high quality of simulation facilities at our competitor institutions; and the regional lack of access to pediatric, obstetric, and other types of clinical experiences.