The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) hosted 41 participants from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)’s Summer Immersion program on August 8th. The session lead by Jeff Cooper, Roxane Gardner, and Robert Simon began with a brief welcome and history of CMS, one of the country’s first healthcare simulation centers. The participants were given a tour of the CMS facility and then split into two groups. One group took part in an immersive crisis resource management scenario and debriefing while the second group received a hands-on demonstration of the e-Real enhanced reality lab. The two groups then switched exercises, giving all participants the unique opportunity to sample CMS’ course offerings. Over the course of two hours, faculty introduced elements from CMS’ Comprehensive Instructor Workshop held in Boston as well as its Gateway to Debriefing Skills Workshop and Simulation as a Teaching Tool Course which are both offered at host sites around the globe.
The IHI Summer Immersion program offers a group of healthcare professionals the opportunity to explore different areas of quality improvement in healthcare. Simulation is one area that is trying to help improve health outcomes and reduce human error in medical settings. CMS uses simulation-based training to give healthcare providers the chance to navigate real-life clinical situations in a controlled environment. With high-realism patient care scenarios that closely simulate genuine crises, the CMS experience helps participants develop preparedness to both prevent and respond to critical events.