FOURTH FLOOR – Simulation
Newly designed simulation and assessment spaces will create a robust, enriched learning environment where students, healthcare providers, patients, and caregivers can learn together to improve education, health outcomes, quality of care and independent living. Devoted to interprofessional education and simulation, and Healthcare Theatre work, this floor will provide space for training of undergraduate and graduate students across the all departments of the College and enrich collaboration with our clinical partners. Virtual and augmented reality will mimic real-world settings, to allow students to work amidst a myriad of simulated patient environments. Focus will be on interprofessional team practice with patients, interpersonal management of teams and communication techniques, and patient education and chronic disease management.
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Visualization Lab for Interprofessional Education & Research (available for naming)
These state-of-the-art spaces will help effectively train the next generation of healthcare pre-professionals for the complex nature of team-based, patient-centered health, and social care delivery. These fully immersive and adaptable spaces offer hospital, home, and community care settings, as well as emergency situations and full-on disaster simulations. These spaces can also be utilized for more traditional learning environments such as seminars, breakout sessions, group-based huddles, presentations, and even faculty development programs. In short, these spaces have boundless potential.
Research & Education for Adaptive Living (named)
The apartment simulation laboratory within the Interprofessional Education Simulation Center in the STAR Tower provides opportunities for functional status research, home-based healthcare simulation, and focus group research. This state of the art training space can be used by students, educators, and researchers across multiple disciplines as well as offer training opportunities for the existing healthcare workforce in our area. The flexibility of the apartment configuration supports community engagement research and research training. The creation of a home environment with observational windows and media allows for both real time and recorded interactions with users in the environment. The apartment contains a living room, dining area, and kitchen and has the capacity to be instrumented with motion and depth sensors. Researchers may use this space to observe an individual’s capacity to safely carry out activities of daily living, including sleep, cooking, bathing, toileting, and general mobility. Knowledge gained from observing the interaction between the individual and environment can be used to collaboratively work with other disciplines to generate new strategies and technologies to enable individuals with disabilities to fully engage with their home environments and support aging at home. Educators can provide experiential learning experiences in a simulated home environment to prepare healthcare professionals to care for individuals who are homebound or experience challenges within the home using standardized patients for simulated case scenarios. Doctoral students can gain experiences in interview, observation, and other qualitative methods in the apartment laboratory.