Simulation as a Multidisciplinary Team Approach in Healthcare Programs in an Urban University Setting

Dawn I. Blue, Geraldine C. Fike, Guillermo Escalante, Yeon Kim, Jose A. Munoz


Background: In the hospital setting, patients are usually cared for by a nurse and multidisciplinary teams which may include physical therapists, social workers, and public health workers. However, students in health care programs usually will not experience interdisciplinary scenarios developing needed skills. Combining classes and replacing certain curriculum activities with patient simulation projects that include several departments may improve their educational experience and success. Simulation is technology used to enhance instruction resources for all students. Simulation not only captures the attention of the video-game generation but actively engages students in the learning process. Simulation can be a valuable experience to keep students actively involved in learning by offering the opportunity to apply knowledge learned to the clinical setting, thus making it real. It is compelling to consider the impact of simulation in increasing the competency of students when they are in the work force while decreasing error rate and impacting the quality of care.

Methods: A mixed method approach involved simulation experience followed by data collection via survey.

Results: Students across all disciplines reported increased ability for collaboration and communication.

Conclusions: Demonstrated the value of introducing the students to teamwork and collaboration experiences via simulation.

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International Journal of Social Science Studies   ISSN 2324-8033 (Print)   ISSN 2324-8041 (Online)

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