ABC Covers Hillsborough Community College’s New Simulation Suite

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Check out this local news story from ABC about the The  which has just created a “Simulation Suite.” The new lab is designed to look and feel like a real hospital, and gives students the chance to perform medical produces and diagnoses on dummy patients.

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is now home to a fully functional, state-of-the-art health sciences simulation suite. Designed to simulate a hospital setting, the HCC simulation suite allows students to apply classroom concepts within a simulated clinical environment. Florida’s aging population is growing and so is the demand for the healthcare professionals who care for them. The simulation suite is currently being used to train respiratory, EMS and nursing students.



The students use life-sized, anatomically correct manikins in a number of settings to simulate a number of situations including, but not limited to, trauma with bleeding, childbirth and chest pain with cardiac arrest. According to the Florida Center for Nursing, “Statewide estimates for vacant nurse positions in the industries studied have increased since the 2013 survey with nearly 12,500 vacant RN positions, 2,654 vacant LPN positions, and 3,111 vacant CNA positions as of June 30, 2015.” This simulation suite will help train and prepare the next generation of professionals to provide care for patients.

“I can practice this and the mannequin is not going to judge me,” said Molly Gonzalez with a smile. On Wednesday, Gonzalez and her classmates got to use the lab for the first time since it was completed this summer. These kinds of labs are a popular training tool for colleges across the country, so if the HCC’s students were going to compete, the school needed to upgrade. Having the simulation lab now allows these students to get quality EMS and nursing education at community college prices. And gets them to working in this in-demand field very quickly.

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Peak TV Show Covers St. Luke’s University Health Network Simulation Medical School

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Medical simulation helps bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-life hands on experience for medical students. Joining us in the studio is Dr. Joel Rosenfeld, Chief Academic Officer for Temple University Medical School at St. Luke’s.

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About St. Luke’s Simulation Center

State-of-the-art clinical simulation centers, located at both the Philadelphia North Broad Street and the Bethlehem St. Luke’s campuses, provide students with outstanding opportunities to develop their clinical and procedural skills. These centers include both robotic simulators and standardized patients as well as a variety of procedural skills training equipment. High fidelity, programmable robotic simulators imitate physiologic and clinical scenarios that clinicians may encounter. Small groups of students work together to assess the “patient’s” problem and to develop and implement a management plan.

A faculty member observes the group, then debriefs the students about the encounter to develop their skills for future encounters with patients. Students develop their history-taking and physical examination skills and professional behaviors through sessions with standardized patients and patient instructors. The opportunity to work first with standardized patients (who simulate real medical cases) helps to build students’ confidence towards the time when they will encounter real patients. Life-like task trainers (arms, head/neck, torsos, and other portions of the body) allow students to build their skills in performing a range of procedures such as phlebotomy, airway management, suturing, and urinary catheterization.

Students interested in surgery may begin to develop basic surgical skills during their preclinical years by participating in surgical interest groups and electives.

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Sim Center Video of the Week: Univ. of Alaska Anchorage

Special video this week from my friend Marissa at the University of Alaska: Anchorage. They just released these new videos and they look great!

Marissa has been working hard to get simulation successful at the UAA School of Nursing. Learn more about their program at their website.


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*NEW* Sim Center Video Tour of the Week: NorQuest College

Each week I will post a video about a Sim Center from around the world.  I think videos are a great way to learn about other programs (or promote your own).  If you haven’t already, check out my 2-part series on how to create your own Sim Lab Videos.

This weeks video comes from NorQuest College in Alberta Canada. Even though they spell “Centre” funny, looks like the have a great Sim Lab!