The Drexel University College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies recently launched a new graduate program offering a Master of Science Degree in Medical and Healthcare Simulation. This unique program offers advanced training to healthcare professionals to prepare them to teach others how to care for patients in simulation practice environments rather than practicing on patients.
Healthcare simulation can be defined as the opportunity to practice outside of patient care to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare services. “The goal of the program is to provide a scientific and educational foundation that prepares graduate-level healthcare providers to foster an enduring, productive educational and research-oriented career in simulation. We intend to educate the next wave of leaders in simulation education to better train future generations of healthcare providers,” said Sharon Griswold, MD, MPH, director of the new graduate program.
This master’s program is intended for individuals with prior training and/or experience in healthcare to provide a much broader foundation of education in simulation-based medical education than currently exists in one format anywhere else locally, nationally or globally. Specifically, this program is geared toward:
- Individuals with healthcare experience, such as nurses, physicians, physician assistants and paramedics who desire additional professional development in simulation education
- Individuals currently working in healthcare education looking to advance their careers
- Healthcare providers looking to transition into a new educational career in simulation
The two-year, part-time program’s curriculum is delivered in a blended instructional format. The majority of courses are delivered online. In addition, three one-week intensive simulation practicums take place at the Center City campus at Drexel University College of Medicine. The degree provides students with a core, detailed focus on the many facets of simulation-based healthcare education. Additionally students will be provided with multiple options to pursue related areas of interest upon graduation.
Pulled from the Drexel Website:
“About the Medical and Healthcare Simulation Program
The Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation program is a unique, part-time, two-year program that is the first of its kind to offer advanced training in simulation teaching, curriculum design, and the fundamentals of simulation research. This degree program will prepare healthcare professions to further their academic career in healthcare simulation via quality effective simulation based medical education, research, management, leadership and teamwork skills.
The innovative instructional approach consists of a blended curriculum of online coursework combined with three on-campus week-long immersive simulation practicums.
Is Medical and Healthcare Simulation for Me?
Our goal is to provide a scientific and educational foundation that prepares graduate-level students for transition into an enduring, productive educational and research-oriented career in simulation. This program is intended for individuals with prior training and/or experience in healthcare to provide a much broader foundation of education in simulation-based medical education (SBME) than currently exists in one format anywhere else locally, nationally or globally.
Applicants to the Medical and Healthcare Simulation program include students who may be the following:
- Resident and fellow physicians
- Physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners
- Attending physicians
- Individuals already employed in health sciences industry
- Individuals looking to transition into a new career
What Skills Will I Learn?
While completing your Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation, you will learn several skills to help you in your career. Through this program you will be able to:
- Use simulation as a training and educational tool for others
- Empower others to transfer what they’ve learned through training scenarios to the workplace to improve services and increase patient safety
- Evaluate the effectiveness of your teaching in simulation
- Behave and communicate more effectively as part of a team, particularly in a crisis