Medical Simulation Specialist 1

Session Description
The Medical Simulation Specialist I is a 5-week online course created to fulfill the need to train technical assistants in medical simulation. Simulation using patient manikins can place a high cognitive load on medical educators facilitating students in a scenario. Medical subject matter experts who facilitate simulation often benefit from assistance with the computer-manikin interface and simulation environment. Volunteers, staff or students can be trained to assist facilitators as simulation specialists. The standards of best practice in simulation operations list criterion specific to the role of simulation specialist’s including understanding of the principles of simulation in education and teaching methods, set up, operating and maintaining equipment, staging, and the use of moulage. This course introduces the student to the use of simulation as a strategy to train healthcare providers, terminology, technology, robotics and a practicum. Merrill’s principles of instruction (2002) were used to plan student learning centered on relevant real-world tasks. Bloom’s Taxonomy revised in 2001 was used to develop the cognitive framework and objectives in the curriculum. Laulima was used as the learning management system (LMS). Since the last week of the online course is a practicum in a simulation room, it was a challenge to develop a method to allow students who were off-site to complete this module. However, various methods were developed to enable the student to fulfill the final checklist and will likely be refined through instructor and leaner collaboration.
Kris Hara
Kris Hara, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, HI
Kris Hara is the chief simulation specialist at SimTiki Simulation Center located at the John A Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii. She grew up in Pupukea, HI and earned her respiratory therapy degree from Loma Linda University and Wayland Baptist University. She is currently a masters candidate at the University of Hawaii in Education, learning design and technology (LTEC). Her background as a registered respiratory therapist, pulmonary rehab specialist allowed her to actively engage in patient and staff education and clinical service for many years. In beginning a career in medical simulation in 2006 she fell even more in love with education. As a certified healthcare simulation operation specialist by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare she loves supporting medical students and faculty as the operations director of the simulation lab at JABSOM. Being a part of the LTEC ohana (family) has been a privilege and a joy!
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