PATIENT SIMULATION LABORATORY
Located on Level 1 of the Pharmacy building
Medical simulation is an immersive educational resource that is changing the face of education for all health care professionals
The CVS Caremark Interdisciplinary Health Delivery Laboratory uses healthcare simulation to promote excellence in teaching, research and healthcare delivery. The state-of-the-art hands-on simulation helps enhance student and group knowledge as well as responsiveness when performed and practiced in the realistic surroundings. These introductions to real-world situations help improve effective communication, collaborative teamwork, and situational management. The simulation lab offers an ideal platform for meaningful interdisciplinary collaboration, knowledge application and skill development.
The skill and commitment of numerous health professionals is required for optimal healthcare delivery in the United States. In many settings, improvements in patient outcomes and reduction of medical errors remain elusive. Alternative methods of educating students entering the health professions must be explored to ensure all health professionals embrace and deliver quality patient-centered care.
The Interdisciplinary Health Care Delivery Laboratory’s mission and purpose is founded upon the university’s guiding principles of a commitment to “research, scholarship, and creative work” where real-world “impact” and “innovation” remain the central focus. Our working model fits well with the university’s vision where all students “demonstrate models of learning and discovery”. We successfully use medical simulation to engage the 21st century learner to bridge the gap between the basic and clinical sciences. The types and forms of medical simulation used for educational purposes is vast including physiological-based high-fidelity simulators, low-fidelity mannequins, standardized patients or even virtual reality. Our facility supports standardized patient actors, structured clinical encounters and communication skill building between both health care workers and patients and their families.