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The integration of medical students in the simulation center at the simulation center appears beneficial for both the student and the simulation center.
FREMONT, CA: Over the last few years, simulation has moved into the forefront of medical education. Top healthcare systems are seeking simulation center managers for their expertise in simulation, not only for the training of staff, but for the identification of safety threats within the health system, testing preparedness for rarely used equipment and protocols, translational outcomes enhancing patient care, improving patient safety, mitigating risk, improving recruitment and retention, and the development of novel educational methods. With all these running simulation center activities require substantial effort. To make this more easy and seamless medical students can be integrated into the simulation center workforce to fuel the goal of delivering simulation-based education. Read on to know more.
Simulation center activities need a substantial amount of human resources, including technicians, actors, social workers, psychologists, doctors, nurses, and paramedics. The focus of simulation centers' leaders is to keep cost reduced, be efficient, and still offer quality core content in education and simulation. When including students in the workforce, salary, and work conditions should follow the rules and regulations for students working in other clinical departments at the institution. As most of the activities in the simulation center take place during the daytime, shifts need to be adjusted with the students' academic activities.
The recruitment of students should be based on analyzing the core activities in the center. This will allow students to learn critical skills related to their field of interest to benefit from the work experience. Students must be highly involved in and responsible for simulator briefings, simulation preparations, running the technical aspects of simulation scenarios as operators, and operating as simulated patients and confederates in instances. During simulation scenarios, it is daunting for instructors to steer the technical aspects of the scenario and observe learners effectively to collect data for debriefing. Students can often work as operators to share the workload during simulations, running the scene following a pre-defined script.