Twelve thousand square-feet of modern and state of the art technology highlights the Standardized Patient and Simulation (SIM) Lab, located on the second floor. The facility is dedicated to providing hands-on, active student learning and professional development opportunities utilizing simulation provided by both live standardized patients and high fidelity simulators.
Six high fidelity simulation rooms set up to simulate Operating Rooms (OR), Emergency Rooms (ER), and Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and Birthing Suites. A clinical exam and patient rooms provide the staging for learning in safe yet realistic settings for the students of the COM.
Sixteen Standardized Patient encounter rooms provide interaction with trained actors that simulate common, as well as, complex medical conditions. This interaction is designed to advance the student’s ability to interpret, apply and utilize knowledge, which leads to the proper assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients in a clinical setting.
All simulation and standardized patient areas provide the technology required for recording visual and audio interactions between the student and the patients, in turn allowing for CCTV broadcasts, faculty, staff and self-evaluation of the student, and the basis for both substantive evaluation and formative feedback.
Duplicating the exam rooms in the medical clinic (associated with the college) will allow for the development of student skills required for patient interviews, gathering of information through history and physical examination, evaluation and interpretation of information to make a diagnosis and design a treatment plan, as well as, the setting needed to learn utilization of electronic medical records and documentation systems, diagnostic modalities such as radiology, ultrasound, cardiac and pulmonary evaluations in patients similar to those that will be encountered in practice via a safe environment for both the patient and the learner.
The facility provides for the interprofessional education and interaction required of today’s physician; allowing osteopathic medical students to interact with nursing, public health, athletic trainers, emergency medical technicians and other health care providers in the evaluation and care of simulated patients.
The Center for Standardized Patients and Simulation will soon be available for medical groups of all types providing the advancement of education, as well as, evaluation of knowledge and skills for professions already in practice. The goal is the provision of continuing medical education and assessment.