Clinical simulation is a part of the ATACS Center’s strategic planning, and is comprised of three areas:
Curriculum and Evaluation
- The Clinical Skills/Simulation module is an integral part of the Institutional Faculty
Development Course (IFDC). Participants in these simulation sessions receive continuing
medical education (CME) credits. Each participant is required to attend a four-hour
orientation, followed by a minimum of six hours of specialty/discipline-specific,
customized training sessions. The program for simulation trainers incorporates rigorous
requirements set for CME activities and focuses on specific learner groups (medical
students' trainers, nursing students' trainers, residents' or faculty trainers, etc.).
- To facilitate learner self-assessment and measurement of clinical competency, ATACS
personnel have incorporated the Audience Interactive Response System (AIRS) into all
of the IFDC sessions and the majority of the Medical Skills Course (MSC) and residents'
training activities. Detailed analyses of individual and group performance are provided
to the learners and the course director.
- To obtain learners' input on their learning experience, ATACS collects feedback at the end of each session. Students' suggestions are discussed with the MSC co-directors and the Operation Committee for quality improvement. Residents' and faculty members’ suggestions are discussed with their respective program directors and the Operation Committee for quality improvement.
Operation and Resources
Travel from the clinical site to the simulation center can adversely affect the integration of clinical simulation with resident and student training. To address this challenge, the ATACS Center acquires simulation equipment, trains the trainers, and provides them with the same equipment to train students and residents at their clinical sites.
Training and Development
Staff development is a weekly activity for all ATACS members. Staff meet regularly to discuss and analyze new technology and developments in clinical simulation. The ATACS Center also train staff members in the use of new equipment (or new applications of existing equipment) in order to enhance their productivity with the goal of offering high-quality service to all ATACS learners and stakeholders.