Simulation centers teach more than the technical

Healthcare organizations and practitioners are investing in simulation centers to review and perfect procedures--and medical students can expect to get more virtual training, as well.

Major medical centers in Northeast Ohio have invested millions of dollars in on-site simulation centers, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. That includes a $450,000 simulation center at MetroHealth Medical Center, and a 30,000 square-foot simulation center at the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron.

The Cleveland Clinic also added a downtown simulation center to its portfolio. And the 7-year-old Mt. Sinai Skills and Simulation Center at Case Western Reserve University is set to move to a new $50 million medical school building in 2016.

Meanwhile, high-tech simulation centers, such as one at the Stanford University School of Medicine, are helping to bring medical education into the 21st century, notes U.S. News & World Report. Medical schools are using the technology for general medical training and to hone specialty skills such as surgery.

But schools are also using it to teach less tangible skills, such as critical decision-making, and also to educate students about collaborative, patient-centered care.

New York University School of Medicine, for example, pairs first-year med students and NYU nursing students to care for a virtual patient, for example. Students are assessed on their ability to work together, according to the article. 

To learn more:
- read the Plain Dealer article
- see the U.S. News article