Simulation in Action
Hands-on simulation exercises have been a key part of School of Health and Life Sciences programs for a number of years. These exercises provide a bridge between classroom theory and real-life clinical experience. They allow students to experience some of the challenges and unpredictability of real-world situations in a safe environment before practicums begin.
Not only does this provide a more active, in-depth learning experience for the students, it can also help improve patient safety and care by giving students their first experiences with high-stress or high-risk situations in a controlled manner. Learn more about simulation.
These photo galleries capture just a few of the hundreds of simulation exercises experienced by students in the School of Health and Life Sciences during their studies.
Simulation Examples in Health Programs
All programs in the School of Health and Life Sciences use simulation as a teaching tool to create real-world experiences for the students. In its first year, the Simulation Integration Team developed over 100 new simulation experiences across all programs. The team will continue to refine and expand the use of simulation in the future.
This photo gallery illustrates the wide variety of types of simulation used.
Simulation in Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic
The Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic program has implemented a pilot Clinical Simulation week between the Hospital and Advanced Ambulance practicums, replacing a week of practicum time. The students are put in a number of different scenarios, locations and situations with a wide range of patients, both actors (standardized patients) and mannequins.
These exercises are truly immersive simulations, replicating a real event as much as possible. As such, the photos depict very realistic and traumatic situations, and may be disturbing for some people.
Simulation in Respiratory Therapy
The SCORE (Simulation for Clinical Optimization of Respiratory Education) project aims to use simulation exercises in the Respiratory Therapy (RT) program to decrease the clinical rotations from 39 to 35 weeks, integrate simulation weeks, improve student preparedness for practicum, and ultimately improve student performance and patient safety.