WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is building upon a strong foundation of expertise and experience using simulation as a key component of medical education. Simulation is a bridge between the classroom and clinical arena. The new medical school undergraduate curriculum will include well over one hundred hours of simulation-based learning (SBL), a quantum leap from what most medical schools are delivering currently.
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A common definition of a simulation is a reproduction of an item or event. Simulations can be produced in all fields through computer games, role-plays, or building models, to name only a few. But a true simulation has a specific goal in mind – to mimic, or simulate, a real system so people can explore it, perform experiments on it, and understand it before implementing it in the real world.
Because so many of the things medical students need to understand these days are either too complex, too vast, too small, too far, or too dangerous to be experienced directly, medical schools can no longer rely on hands-on learning. Simulation provides a safe way for students to learn and practice skills.
SBL in the medical school curriculum is an educational method in which a realistic representation of an anatomic structure, a patient, a situation, a setting or a system is used to provide long-term learning from a combination of short-term experiences and directed feedback. The purpose of simulation is to help learners develop, master, and maintain cognitive, technical/procedural, teamwork and communication skills.
Simulations are customizable learning experiences conducted in a controlled and patient-safe environment that serve as a bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience. Simulations can be used to assess competency. Simulation can also serve as a research tool to enhance understanding of human behavior in settings in which professionals operate.
In the new medical school building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus, the entire lower level is a new state-of-the-art Simulation Center with eight simulation rooms, procedure labs, task trainer rooms, 12 standardized patient exam rooms, and six classrooms.
Richard Lammers, MD, FACEP
Assistant Dean for Simulation
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