Medical Assisting Student Gains Confidence, Purpose and Knowledge through SIMTICS’ Medical Simulation Training, after Teacher Offers Class Different Ways to Learn
How flipping the classroom and offering access to SIMTICS simulations is creating the space for students to gain the confidence they need to excel in the health sector.
The SIMTICS simulations allow students to focus on learning the cognitive layer of the skills without the distractions or stress of juggling equipment and instruments, or being observed. The learner does not have to perform in front of others, or deal with classmates or real patients, and can take as much time as they need to come up to speed, so they are ready for labs and clinicals.
Washington DC allied health teacher, Nicole Carter, decided to try something new with her Medical Assisting class this year. She wanted her students to feel confident and knowledgeable as they progressed with their studies, and felt there was an opportunity to offer her students another type of support by suggesting different ways to learn the clinical procedures.
Nicole began encouraging her students to utilize the medical simulation training offered by SIMTICS, to practice their medical skills and hone their procedure knowledge. Within only a few weeks, Nicole saw results with one of her more cautious students who had been struggling with using needles and touching simulated patients in laboratory sessions. Nicole persuaded the student to study the SIMTICS venipuncture module and practice the online simulations in her own time. It only took a few days before the student felt ready to draw blood under real life circumstances. www.simtics.com
“She breezed through the venipuncture procedure with a new-found sense of confidence, purpose and knowledge. She was like a changed person,” says Nicole. “I kept reminding her that this was just like the simulation she did in SIMTICS. After she had finished, she was so excited, and stated how SIMTICS really helped and that it should be used for learning all clinical procedures.”
The SIMTICS platform runs in the cloud and allows healthcare students and professionals to practice clinical and medical imaging procedures online through medical simulation training - anytime, anywhere. SIMTICS has almost 100 modules, each of which covers in-depth procedures. The current modules available to students and teachers aid learning of radiography, sonography and clinical procedures. www.simtics.com
“I have another student who says that SIMTICS helped her pass her CCMA certification. She says she would always replay the simulations in her head before answering questions,” says Nicole. “I now use SIMTICS for my weekly one-on-ones with my students. It has made clinical data a dream for me and gives me cumulative and quantitative data that I can use to guide instruction. I LOVE SIMTICS!!!!”
According to SIMTICS CEO, Cherry Vanderbeke, the outcome that Nicole’s student experienced after learning with SIMTICS simulations is exactly the reason the two surgeon founders developed the product. “It’s all about being better prepared as educated and skilled health experts,” says Cherry. “Flipping the classroom in situations like this can create a learning environment that sees students blossom and flourish. The SIMTICS simulations allow students to focus on learning the cognitive layer of the skills without the distractions or stress of juggling equipment and instruments, or being observed. The learner does not have to perform in front of others, or deal with classmates or real patients, and can take as much time as they need to come up to speed, so they are ready for labs and clinicals.”
For more information on SIMTICS and their online simulations that allow health students opportunities for different ways to learn procedures, visit www.simtics.com.
SIMTICS provides healthcare eLearning opportunities for students, which allows them to understand medical procedures online through cognitive simulations, to complement and strengthen their current school curriculum. SIMTICS has a catalogue of over 90 modules, covering ultrasound scanning protocols, radiographic positioning, and medical and nursing procedures that are available to individuals, education institutions and healthcare employers.
The 36 sonography modules have been approved for ASA-CPD credits by the Australasian Sonographers Association and selected modules have been approved for CME credits by the Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU).
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