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by Marie York
(director, Health Education Institute

Health faculty from the nursing, paramedic, and respiratory therapy programs have been awarded a $30,000.00 grant to Infuse Simulation Technology into Health Curricula. The award will focus on the development and dissemination of computerized, interdisciplinary clinical scenarios applied to the human patient simulator SimMan. The simulation modules developed by the faculty will be disseminated and shared among Maryland’s 15 other community colleges.

The use of these "intelligent" manikins provides the opportunity to create virtual life and death encounters that replicate actual patient care situations. Programmed computer scenarios allow SimMan to respond to timed assessment and decision-making skills demonstrated by the student. SimMan is a $32,000.00 computer-driven, interactive patient simulator purchased by Prince George’s Community College in 2001. The faculty hope to maximize the use of the SimMan technology through the development of more advanced interdisciplinary scenarios.

Fourteen proposals from twelve community colleges in Maryland were submitted. The competition almost doubled the funds available. Prince George’s Community College received full funding, with a recommendation for an additional $10,000.00 to disseminate the garnered information more broadly within the state and to develop a SimMan Affinity Group among the community colleges. Cheryl Dover, acting chair for Nursing, is the Principal Investigator for the project, with Marie York acting as lead investigator. Additional key faculty include James Courtwright, Joyce Lockwood, Teresa Stoller, and Elena Arellano.


The Instructional Area Newsletter, Volume 19, No. 1

Fall 2003