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Posted on 4/28/2014

Pictured L to R:  Dan Summers, RN, BSN, CEN, EMT-P, Director WV STEPS; Mary Warden, MD Assistant Professor SOM, Internal medicine, Transitional Year Program director; Gail VanVoorhis, MSN, RNC, Teaching Assistant Professor SON, Director for Simulation, Course Director for SSIH workshop, Mel Wright, MD, Associate Professor SOM, Pediatrics, Director Osteopathic Pediatric Residency Program,; David Wilks, MD, Professor SOM and Assistant Dean for Technology in Education 


A team of physicians and nurses from WVU recently presented a workshop entitled: Simulating the Tough Times: An IP approach at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare.  The 6 day conference was held in San Diego, California and included presenters from all over the world discussing the use of Simulation in healthcare education, practice, and research.  The workshop focused on simulation curriculum designed to teach skills and behaviors to healthcare students and professionals dealing with tough patient situations.  After a brief talk about the basics of creating and running simulation experiences that teach communication to patients and families when there is bad news, the team involved audience members from a variety of professions in actual scenarios about death of a loved one in the emergency room, & an infant with non-accidental traumatic head injury. Other types of scenarios were presented through video demonstration.  Interprofessional education was discussed as something we are working to implement at WVU HSC.  To date we are doing this type of simulation with students from medicine and nursing as a pilot and for residents, nurses, and graduate nursing students.  In addition to the workshop Gail was asked to present a poster at the preconference on IPE.  The poster was selected as one of the top 4 and was presented to the attendees via podium.  This workshop has also been accepted at the Human Patient Simulation Network conference in Tampa, Florida. 
STEPS is working to incorporate more IPE for HSC students and WVUH professionals through the use of the simulation environment.  This is a great place to practice as they work, in teams.