Simulation in health professions education is intended to creating a realistic representation of a situation and process in a health care practice environment, using a variety of activities and technology ranging from low-technology role-playing to high-fidelity human patient simulators. Simulation scenarios are designed to replicate real-life clinical situations affording students a heightened and safe learning environment without placing actual patients at risk for harm.
At Bouvé College of Health Sciences, the Arnold S. Goldstein Laboratory Suite is the keystone of our interprofessional Simulation-learning program. Simulation-learning is considered a vital component of experiential education and the hallmark of interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Simulations are uniquely designed to engage Bouvé students from more than eight different health professions to learn about, from and with each other to improve health outcomes. Interprofessional simulations focus on developing core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice and promoting a team-based approach to health care delivery.
The Goldstein Laboratory Suite houses transformable state of the art labs and debriefing rooms. Each lab can be set up as a variety of practice environments including, hospital rooms, operating rooms, exam rooms, office space, conference room, home care settings or even a dorm room. Each lab contains video and audio capture technology used to record student experiences as they interact with the latest high-fidelity human patient simulators, patient actors, faculty and other students. Student’s recorded simulation experiences are played back and analyzed during structured debriefing sessions. Debriefing is a vital component of simulation and a critical piece that drives heightened student learning.