Learn about different tools and resources available to help you start a career in medical simulation
Medical simulation is rising in popularity as an engaging and effective way to deliver education to medical students in a safe, structured environment. And with new sim labs popping up in training hospitals and universities in Miami, FL, and across the U.S., the need for qualified simulation technicians is rising as well.
Simulation education can take the form of many pathways, from certifications and trade schools to college-level degrees and courses. And it’s a field open and attractive to individuals with various areas of expertise — nurses, IT technicians, and AV experts could all find that becoming a sim tech is a fulfilling career path.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career as a simulation technician or similar role, we have some guidelines to help you create a simulation education pathway. Keep reading to get started!
Learn more about a sim lab’s unique IT requirements and how to manage them
Healthcare simulation labs are a high-tech educational tool found in a growing number of universities and hospitals in Phoenix, AZ, and across the U.S. At Level 3 Audiovisual, we’re the only healthcare simulation provider who delivers a turnkey solution with AV, SIMStation simulation software, and management and support services for custom-built labs, including IT and managed services.
LEVERAGE THE USE OF VIRTUAL MEDICAL SIMULATIONS TO OFFER STUDENTS MORE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Although the coronavirus pandemic is finally loosening its grip on the U.S., a number of the innovative tools, strategies, and practices we employed during pandemic times are here to stay. When the world was in lockdown for over a year, healthcare educators raced to find ways to deliver effective online learning to medical, nursing, and other healthcare students.
One solution that emerged and grew rapidly was online healthcare simulations. Like in-person medical simulations, online simulations provide healthcare students with an interactive, engaging environment to practice clinical and decision-making skills. Sophisticated, web-based platforms allow students to assess virtual patients and take actions like prescribing medications, ordering labs and imaging studies, and making care decisions.
DEBRIEFING IS A CRITICAL STEP IN ANY HEALTHCARE SIMULATION CURRICULUM — MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED FOR SUCCESSFUL DEBRIEFINGS
Research shows the majority of learning and critical analysis occurs during the debriefing session of healthcare simulation training. During debriefing, medical students have the chance to not only hear feedback from their instructors but see — through video playback — what went right, what went wrong, and what can be improved upon next time. It’s easy to miss small details during the hustle of a simulated experience, but debriefing opens a critical space for reflection and evaluation. The result is medical students learn and absorb valuable lessons to take with them into the next simulation and real-life scenarios. Keep reading to learn how simulation debriefing leads to better outcomes — and the components you need for successful debriefing for your Chicago, IL, simulation lab.
A HYBRID VIRTUAL SOLUTION OFFERS A SIMULATION EXPERIENCE WITH BOTH IN-PERSON AND REMOTE COMPONENTS
Our last blog about healthcare simulation discussed augmented patient simulation solutions, which offer medical students a 100% remote option to complete simulation-based education and training. In today’s blog, we’re going to explore another option for remote medical simulation. As we enter 2021, educators and training schools in Miami, FL, and around the country continue to seek remote solutions that provide students the experience they need while reducing the risk of spreading the coronavirus through in-person classes.
The value of simulation for medicine and healthcare education is undeniable. Keep reading to learn more about a hybrid virtual solution that includes in-person and remote components and how your students can benefit from this type of simulation-based learning.
KEEP YOUR SIMULATION LAB OPERATING EFFICIENTLY BY INVESTING IN QUALITY AV, TRAINING AND ON-GOING SUPPORT
A medical simulation lab is a huge investment for your teaching hospital, medical school or training center. Healthcare simulations are invaluable teaching tools that offer medical students the chance to gain hands-on skills and interpersonal training in a safe, controlled environment. And when it’s time for your facility to plan and budget for a medical simulation setup, you want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
First, we highly recommend calling Level 3 Audiovisual. Most simulation projects require separate vendors for hardware, software, IT and a simulation consultant. Level 3 Audiovisual is the only end-to-end provider who delivers on all four components to build custom healthcare simulation labs for clients in Miami, FL, and across the U.S.
Second, we recommend taking the time to evaluate your primary needs and end goals for this project. All simulation labs have custom needs, and you may need to make design choices based on your budget, space availability and other concerns. As you’re planning your project, we’d like to focus your attention on three priority areas worth a higher-end investment: AV installation, simulation training, and on-going support. Keep reading to learn more.
Emerging technologies are changing the way healthcare is delivered, and those same technologies will change the way healthcare simulation training is delivered, and what skills prospective healthcare professionals need to succeed in the healthcare market of the future. According to research by Deloitte, global healthcare expenditures are expected to steadily increase at an annual rate of 5.4 percent through 2022 eventually reaching $10 trillion. That growth in the global healthcare market translates into growth for the healthcare simulation market, as increased demand for healthcare services creates demand for well-trained healthcare professionals. So what are these emerging technologies and how do they impact your simulation program? Here are six healthcare trends you should be prepared to incorporate and address.
Treating a gasping patient who’s reported severe shortness of breath or a postpartum mother who’s hemorrhaging can overwhelm a nursing student. Fortunately, simulated scenarios take the risk out of practicing in such emergencies. Unfortunately, not all nurse educators are trained to plan and implement these simulations to the same standards. Scenarios that are too advanced or not properly planned can go wrong for students by creating panic, triggering post-traumatic stress disorder, and even causing them to change their majors. Simulation is a powerful tool in healthcare education, but without education standards, too many students won’t get the most out of these experiences. If the educators who run the simulation labs aren’t trained to uphold a certain standard, lab experience may harm students by giving them a subpar education or a negative experience with the field.