Research Criteria

STEPS has created a research protocol to facilitate investigations of normal educational practices related to simulation. In coordination with West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), the emphasis of this protocol is to encourage multi-disciplinary research in the STEPS program, while protecting learners and educators and other constituents.

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Current Research Projects

  • Self Paced Ultrasound Curriculum to Enhance Clinical Integration for third year Medical Students: Pediatric Clerkship Ultrasound/Sonosism
  • Incorporation of Augmented Reality Technology in Undergraduate Medical Ultrasound Education - Vimedex
  • Recognition of Prior Learning A Promising tool in the selection of Surgical Trainees, a Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Simulation Study.
  • Pediatric IPE Nursing, Medicine
  • LGBTQ Cultural Competency Training for Third Year Medical Students on the Family Medicine Clerkship
  • Implementation of a Point of Care Ultrasound Curriculum for Internal Medicine Physicians: Perceptions and Utilization of Faculty and Residents
  • Central Line Removal: The Right Approach
  • Project Delivery of Chronic Care (DOCC) West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities (WV CED)
  • Impact of Faculty evaluator training sessions on faculty perceptions, student feedback and OSCE scoring.
  • Not Your Standard Patient
  • Emergency Medicine Resident Opioid Overdose Simulation:  High-versus low-fidelity training scenarios.
  • Training to Transition: Using Simulation Based Training to Improve Quality of Hospital Discharges.
  • NICU Mistake Madness Simulation INSITU
  • Using Teamwork to Identify Medical Errors and Hospital Room Hazards in a "Mistake Room"
  • Oral Health
  • Learning During a Simulation Workshop: Modeling Instructor Clarity and Students "Cognitive Load"
  • “Emotional Intelligence, Critical Thinking and Effective Clinical Interviewing”
  • Impact of new sessions on arrhythmias (including Blue CODE simulation and integration of crash cart in pharmacology/therapeutic sessions) on students’ knowledge, confidence and perception on the role of pharmacist in arrhythmias scenarios
  • PTOT ICU Simulation
  • IPE Sexual Assault
  • Tele-medicine Survey Tools
  • Use of Simulation Exercises to Enhance Dental Students' Knowledge, Comfort, and Expressed Compassion in Complex Communication in Clinical Situations
  • The use of simulated encounters to assess IPE communication sub-competencies throughout the pharmacy curriculum
  • An Integrated Rheumatoid Arthritis Simulation with Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy Concepts
  • IPE Session 4 Communications
  • Physician assistant and pharmacy learner perceptions of roles before and after an interprofessional chronic care management activity
  • Comparison of Faculty, Standardized Patient and Student Evaluations of Communication and Perceived Confidence in Pharmacy Simulations

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