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Center for Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation - ATACS

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Different from many clinical simulation centers in the US, the Center for Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation (ATACS) has its own division of Research-Development in Clinical Simulation (RDCS) to support ATACS in achieving its mission and expand its leading role in the area of clinical simulation. RDCS Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility where researchers evaluate and develop new teaching tools and clinical simulation equipment. RDCS also designs and develops software and hardware to support the ATACS mission.

With years of experience in clinical medicine, medical education, electronic engineering and robotics, Dr. Hoi Ho, Director of ATACS and Division of Research, has worked with faculty and staff members at ATACS in developing exciting and successful research programs in clinical simulation.

The priority of the ATACS research program in the first 4 years (2009-2013) is to support the development of the undergraduate curriculum and ensure a successful implementation of the Medical Skills Course which is conducted exclusively at ATACS. In addition, ATACS research program is also integrated into the training of faculty who oversee more than 260 medical students and 200 resident and fellows at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

The research program includes evaluation of teaching and assessment techniques, teaching materials and equipment; development of better teaching and assessment tools and clinical simulation equipment; validation of teaching methodology; conduct education-related outcome research studies; publish and present scholarly activities on clinical simulation at national-international professional association meetings and peer-reviewed journals.

Research at ATACS:

  1. Areas of Research
    1. Education
      1. Integrative Clinical Simulation
      2. Medical Skills Course
      3. Integration of Clinical Simulation into Graduate Medical Education
      4. Clinical Simulation in Faculty Development
      5. Development of teaching tools and teaching methodology
      6. Technology in medical education
    2. Assessment
      1. Validation of teaching tools & teaching methodology
      2. Development of tools for performance assessment
    3. Clinical Simulation Outcome Research
      1. Comparative study of clinical performance of students in two different curriculums.
      2. The role of clinical simulation in the reduction of catheter-associated blood stream infections
      3. Making clinical simulation available to all clinical sites
    4. Development of Clinical Simulation instruments
  2. Accomplishments in Research
    1. Publications
    2. Presentations at national meetings
    3. Research grants/funding
  3. Researchers in Clinical Simulation Research Programs
  4. Laboratory of Research and Development in Clinical Simulation (RDCS)
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