The Nayan K. Kothari MD Simulation Center for Interprofessional Learning

Simulation Lab

The Nayan K. Kothari MD Simulation Center for Interprofessional Learning (SCIL) at Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Medical education has made significant advances over the past decade with the use of simulation technologies.  In the past, invasive and potentially dangerous procedures were performed on patients during training with minimal or no supervision.  With the availability of simulation technologies, this way of doing procedures is no longer acceptable.  Being able to learn and practice procedures on mannequins allows trainees to obtain skills and confidence in a simulated environment without fear of actual harm.  In addition, simulation scenarios can be created to teach bedside medicine with real or standardized patients. 

The ultimate goal of a simulation center is to promote the development of a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.  It can be structured to meet the educational needs of all healthcare staff (medical students, residents, attending physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, pharmacists, social workers, and others).

Attending physicians stand to benefit greatly from the proposed center.  They will be able to use the center for hands-on training and practice, maintenance of certifications, and to hone their skills in dealing with complex and new procedures.  In addition, multidisciplinary scenarios will foster improved communication among all members of the healthcare team.
The Nayan K. Kothari MD Simulation Center for Inter-professional Learning has three separate and distinct platforms:
1.    Institute for Bedside Medicine (IBM)
2.    Institute for Technical Simulation (ITS)
3.    Medical Library for Healthcare Providers and Patients

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