Simulation Learning Key to First Central Illinois Simulation Summit

Simulation Learning at Methodist College Key to First Central Illinois Simulation Summit

They sweat. They cough. They can have a seizure. Their faces may turn blue.

High-fidelity mannequins at Methodist College in Peoria were featured during the first Central Illinois Simulation Summit on Friday, June 21. There, over 75 healthcare educators, professionals, nursing students, clinical educators and leaders gathered to learn about innovative simulation technologies, methodologies and collaborative learning in healthcare education.

Throughout the day those in attendance joined breakout sessions presented by Carle Illinois College of Medicine Jump Simulation Center, Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, Methodist College and Carle Health.

The event, hosted by Methodist College, an affiliate of Carle Health, and Carle Illinois College of Medicine, gave attendees the chance to see healthcare education from a variety of angles, including challenges, best practices and several types of simulation.

“Simulation is an essential part of our curriculum in educating clinical students in order to provide high-fidelity experiences with targeted learning outcomes. It supplements clinical rotation experiences with the opportunity to practice tactile skills, but also optimizes critical reflection of their practice and decision making. We are incredibly proud of our Simulation Center at Methodist College.” Kayla Banks, Chancellor of Methodist College, said.

An intensive care nurse for 14 years, Sabrina Marlin, MSN, RN, director of Simulation and Clinical Practice Center at Methodist College remembers her first practice being on a real person. Now, the college is not only using mannequins for students to practice with but also virtual reality goggles to hone skills before interacting with a live person. She said nursing students are in the simulation center at the college three to four times for each course and then for final testing on skills.

“Virtual headsets will not completely replace high fidelity mannequins, but we are very creative and always looking for new ideas,” Angelia DeWeese, program coordinator of simulation for Carle Health, said.

Attendees of the simulation summit came from college and hospital settings, serving different audiences while sharing the commonality of simulation best practices.

“We want them to be exposed to something new, have new learning partners, feel more confident in their practices and equipped to run simulation in their own environments,” DeWeese said.

Keynote speakers were Michelle Aebersold, PhD, RN, clinical professor from the University of Michigan School of Nursing, on "XR Technologies in Healthcare Education," and Sushant Srinivasan, MD, MHPE, medical director at the UW Health Clinical Simulation Program in Madison, Wisconsin.

Thank you to each of our attendees and presenters for joining us on campus to collaborate and build a strong foundation for simulation learning!