What wonderful news for the University of Nebraska healthcare program! On Monday, the University of Nebraska Medical Center held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a planned health care simulation center that will change education of students in the health professions, as well as practicing health professionals in Nebraska. The $118.9 million center, called the Dr. Edwin Davis & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center for Advanced Interprofessional Learning — Davis Global Center for short – will transform health care education at UNMC. The center is scheduled to open in September 2018.
As aviation simulation changed the flight industry – health care simulation will propel the training of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals into the next generation with emerging virtual and augmented reality. UNMC’s goal? To provide the highest quality of patient care and safety to improve human performance and effectiveness in health care.
The multi-level Davis Global Center at 42nd and Emile Streets in Omaha will:
- Result in new and relevant learning methods, including the creation of 3-D/Virtual and Augmented Reality content, clinical and surgical training modules, research and development opportunities, and interprofessional learning.
- Feature such state-of-the art technology as the iEXCEL Helix – a unique extended 280-degree curved screen creating a 2-D/3-D immersive environment; the first-of-its-kind laser-based 3-D iSpace – a five-sided virtual immersive reality environment; and a 130-seat holographic theater.
- Form the hub of a statewide network of interconnected simulation centers for the professional development of health care providers across the state.
- Collaborate with industry to provide new research and development opportunities.
- Contribute to workforce development and economic growth for Nebraska, creating up to 325 well-paying jobs.
- Generate an annual economic impact in Nebraska of approximately $40 million (Tripp Umbach study).
- Offer specialized training opportunities in simulation technology and 3-D/Virtual and Augmented Reality content development.
The nearly 192,000-gross-square-foot center has been developed to help transform health care education from the traditional lecture-based model to embrace more “hands-on” engagement that addresses skills competencies, including teamwork. Studies show that experiential learning yields greater retention than lectures, as well as improves proficiencies. As a result, the traditional “See one, Do one, Teach one,” model will be supplemented with human patient simulators; surgical simulation; and interactive visualization technology such as head-mounted displays; 2-D interactive, touch-screen learning walls; and 3-D and Virtual Immersive Reality (VIR) environments. “Incorporating experiential learning into the curriculum is important,” said UNMC student Cindy Chou, who will graduate in May with her M.D., Ph.D. “Studies have shown that with traditional lectures, there is about a 5 percent retention rate of knowledge, whereas if you have hands-on practice or immediate application, it increases the rate up to 90 percent. So, in that sense, we really need to be doing more active learning and more practicing.”