Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center

About the Center

Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center

The Hennepin County Medical Center Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center (ISEC) provides a guided, safe environment for healthcare professionals to practice real-life medical situations and procedures. Using our state-of-the-art simulation equipment, participants learn proper techniques, refine interpersonal skills, and build confidence in their abilities. As a multidisciplinary training center, ISEC conducts educational programs for nurses, physicians, pre-hospital providers, and other allied health professionals from HCMC as well as community groups from across the region.

Mission Statement and Vision

The HCMC Simulation Center's vision is to advance every facet of healthcare delivery through state of the art simulation. Our mission is to optimize the delivery of patient care by providing safe, realistic, immersive educational opportunities for health care professionals and multidisciplinary teams.

We are proud to feature:

  • Expert staff
  • High-tech equipment
  • Multidisciplinary course offerings
  • State-of-the-art learning meets a long tradition of education

The Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center enables HCMC to continue a longstanding commitment to training the nation’s health care providers. The first teaching hospital in Minnesota, HCMC now trains more than 20,000 health care providers every year – at HCMC, online, and through outreach training programs across the state. By revolutionizing medical education for providers, we hope to ensure that all patients receive the best and safest care possible.

Courses & Scheduling

Simulation Facilitator Course

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Upcoming dates

Maximum participants: 10, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Ramp LL.021 (Simulation Center Conference Room)
May 11, 2018
July 16, 2018
September 28, 2018
November 5, 2018

Learner Outcomes

During this course, learners will demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to develop and facilitate an effective simulation scenario as well as debriefing knowledge and skill by utilizing the "Debriefing with Good Judgment" approach during one simulation scenario.

At three months after this course, learners will report via an online survey a higher level of confidence and competence in developing and facilitating an effective simulation scenario and debriefing this scenario by utilizing the "Debriefing with Good Judgement" approach.

This 8-hour hands-on course is for interdisciplinary staff such as: physicians, residents, registered nurses, EMTs, Paramedics, RT, Chaplaincy and other interdisciplinary staff and educators to learn the basics of simulation. In addition, this course is helpful to teach simulation basics for clinical and non-clinical staff who are involved with curriculum design or serves as a content expert for clinician orientation and ongoing orientation.

Course content includes types of simulation, adult learning theory, how to use and interact with high fidelity mannequins, scenario development, and "Debriefing with Good Judgment" concepts. You will be split up into groups to demonstrate your knowledge by building a scenario, running a simulation scenario, operating the high fidelity mannequins and lastly debriefing the learners.

Pre-course work readings will be sent one week prior to class and are required to be completed to attend the course.

At the conclusion of this activity learners should be better able to:

  • Describe the utility of simulation in educating adult learners.
  • Develop all the components of a complete simulation scenario.
  • Develop and demonstrate a "debriefing with good judgment" approach.
  • Synthesize knowledge and performance of best practices in simulation development, delivery, and debriefing.

Agenda

Note: Full agenda will be provided at the activity.

8 – 8:20 a.m.: Overview of Simulation
8:20 – 10:30 a.m.: Small Group - practice developing & writing simulation cases
10:30 – 10:35 a.m.: Break
10:35 – 11:05 a.m.: Review debriefing highlights
11:05 – 11:30 a.m.: Small Group - Develop debriefing questions for your scenarios
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Operation of mannequins in the control room
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. : Lunch
12:45 – 3:45 p.m.: Small Group hands-on running and debriefing your cases
3:45 – 3:50 p.m.: Course Evaluation

Faculty/Planning Committee

All speakers and members of the planning committee have been asked to disclose any relevant relationships they may have with commercial interests. The presence or absence of relationships will be disclosed at the time of the meeting.

  • Lisa Brown, BSN, RN, Simulation Manager
  • Danielle Hart, MD, MACM, Director of Simulation and Program Director of Emergency Medicine
  • Glenn Paetow, MD, Simulation Fellow
  • Mindi Driehorst, MSN, RN, Simulation Education Specialist
  • Brian Cummings, DC, Simulation Specialist
  • Rochelle Zarzar, MD, Simulation Fellow
  • Darla Roggow, MS, RN, Professional Development Specialist

Accreditation Statement(s)

Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours

Twin Cities Health Professionals Education Consortium is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

7 contact hours of continuing nursing education are offered for successful completion of the program.

Successful completion of this program includes attending the entire session, completing the program evaluation and successfully completing the return skill demonstration.

Other healthcare providers who participate in this CME activity may submit their statement of attendance to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. Participants are responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Simulation Debriefing Basics Course

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Upcoming dates

Maximum participants: 8, 9AM-12PM, Ramp LL.021 (Simulation Center Conference Room)
May 25, 2018
July 5, 2018
September 7, 2018
November 9, 2018

Learner Outcomes

  • During this course, learners will demonstrate debriefing knowledge and skills by utilizing the "Debriefing with Good Judgment" approach during facilitation of two simulation scenario debriefing sessions.
  • At three months after this course, learners will report via an online survey a higher level of confidence and competence in utilizing the "Debriefing with Good Judgment" approach during simulation scenario debriefing.

This 3-hour hands-on course is designed for interdisciplinary staff such as: physicians, residents, registered nurses, EMTs, Paramedics, RT, Chaplaincy and other interdisciplinary staff and educators to learn the basics of debriefing simulations. In addition, this course is helpful to teach debriefing basics for clinical and non-clinical staff who are involved with clinical orientation and ongoing orientation and learning.

Course content includes adult learning theory and how to utilize the "Debriefing with Good Judgment" approach in debriefing scenarios. You will be split up into groups to demonstrate your knowledge by running a simulation scenario and debriefing the learners. Pre-course work readings will be sent one week prior to class and are required to be completed to attend the course.

At the conclusion of this activity learners should be better able to:

  • Describe the utility of simulation in educating adult learners.
  • Develop and demonstrate a "debriefing with good judgment" approach.
  • Synthesize knowledge and performance of best practices in debriefing.

Agenda

Note: Full agenda will be provided at the activity.
9 – 9:15 a.m.: Overview of Simulation and Tour
9:15 – 9:25 a.m.: Highlights of Adult Learning Theory
9:25 – 10 a.m.: Group Debriefing Practice
10 – 11:50 a.m.: Simulation Scenarios with Debriefing
11:50 – 12 p.m.: Course Evaluation

Faculty/Planning Committee

All speakers and members of the planning committee have been asked to disclose any relevant relationships they may have with commercial interests. The presence or absence of relationships will be disclosed at the time of the meeting.

  • Lisa Brown, BSN, RN, Simulation Manager
  • Danielle Hart, MD, MACM, Director of Simulation and Program Director of Emergency Medicine
  • Glenn Paetow, MD, Simulation Fellow
  • Mindi Driehorst, MSN, RN, Simulation Education Specialist
  • Brian Cummings, DC, Simulation Specialist
  • Rochelle Zarzar, MD, Simulation Fellow
  • Darla Roggow, MS, RN, Professional Development Specialist

Accreditation Statement(s)

Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours

Twin Cities Health Professionals Education Consortium is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Three contact hours of continuing nursing education are offered for successful completion of the program. Successful completion of this program includes attending the entire session, completing the program evaluation and successfully completing the return skill demonstration.

Other healthcare providers who participate in this activity may submit their statement of attendance to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. Participants are responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Open Task Training Room Hours

The following times are when the center's task training room is open to independent task training and procedural practice. ISEC staff are available at the below times to do task training room orientation for any interested nurse or resident/member of the medical team. Task training orientation consists of how to use the trainers, supplies, and equipment for independent procedural training practice, general dos and dont's, how to access the center and review of task training after hours policy. There is no need to register or RSVP. Please call us if you have any questions 612-873-7466.

Simulation Team

Simulation Team

Danielle Hart, MD
Director of Simulation, Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center
Associate Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, HCMC
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Glenn Paetow, MD
Simulation and Medical Education Fellow

Glenn is an Emergency Medicine physician completing a two-year Fellowship in Medical Education and Simulation. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in 2016.

Rochelle Zarzar, MD
Simulation and Medical Education Fellow

Rochelle is an Emergency Medicine physician completing a two-year fellowship in medical education and simulation. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in 2017.

Brian Cummings, DC
Brian is a simulation specialist at HCMC Simulation Center. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. He previously worked as a Chiropractor for two years before coming to HCMC. He looks forward to helping provide intra-professional training and education at HCMC.

Lisa Brown, RN, BSN, PHN
Simulation Manager
Lisa is a nurse manager at HCMC Simulation Center and is responsible for operations at the center. She earned an AD at the College of Saint Catherine and a BSN at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, MN. Lisa is committed to integrating intra-professional simulation-based education at HCMC.

Mindi Driehorst, MSN, RN
Simulation Education Specialist

Mindi has been an RN for 10 years with Mayo Clinic Health Systems (MCHS). She received her BSN from Minnesota State University-Mankato and MSN with emphasis on Nursing Education as well as Leadership and Management degree from Walden University in May 2016. She has been working with simulation-based training through MCHS for the past five years. She is committed and passionate about simulation-based education and looks forward to providing intra-professional training at HCMC.

Volunteer Opportunities

Apply by filling out the adult online application form on the volunteer page.

The Simulation Center has two volunteer opportunities offering a hands-on approach to clinical treatments, doing procedures, enhancing teamwork, building communication and patient relationships.

Simulation Helper
The simulation helper's role is to help set up and clean-up for simulations. Most of the time will be spent organizing medical supplies and taking direction from simulation staff to set up simulation rooms with equipment, mannequins, beds, carts, and supplies, putting supplies back after a simulation and setting up the room for the next simulation.

Volunteer patient or family member actor
The volunteer actor's role is to act out the particular simulation family member role. This person will receive a scenario, background information and get to practice the role and scenario on a "dry run" prior to the actual program. In addition, this person may also play the role of a patient or a patient's voice. No actual medical procedures will occur, but sometimes the learners may complete an ear or eye exam or listen to lung sounds with a stethoscope on the volunteer actor.

Simulation Resources

Resources

HCMC ISEC Simulation Scenario Library submissions - Please email us at [email protected]with the content that you are looking for, and we will let you know if we have any scenarios already written with that content or similar content. If you have found other case banks or case libraries that would be useful to others, please let us know so that we can add them to the list.

Videos

ISEC Templates

Website Resources

Our Facilities and Equipment

Facilities

The 10,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center is located on the lower level of the HCMC Parking Ramp.

The center includes multiple rooms dedicated to each of the simulation tools offered. The rooms are fully wired with video and monitoring capabilities and many have a one-way glass for observation. The center also includes a conference room for larger group discussions.

Equipment

The center uses a full range of state-of-the-art learning modalities to provide the most realistic hands-on education possible.

High-fidelity mannequins are computer operated life-sized mannequins that have pulses, respiration, and vital signs, and are able to converse and interact with the learners.

Procedural task trainers are designed to teach technical skills for a wide array of procedures.

  • Various Airway trainers (Adult and Pediatric)
  • Central Line (Femoral and Neck)
  • Female and Male Catheterization
  • Knee, shoulder and ankle injection trainers
  • Arterial, IV and PICC insertion arms
  • Lumbar Puncture and Epidural
  • Thoracentesis and Thoracotomy
  • Surgical/Suturing Trainer
  • FLS Lap Trainers
  • Intraosseous Trainers

Standardized patients, or actors who play the role of a patient, will teach and refine patient communication and examination skills. Volunteer positions are available for those interested in playing the part of a patient or family member. Please contact us if you are interested at [email protected].

The Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center is located in the bottom of the HCMC Parking Ramp, just below the EMS classrooms.

HCMC is committed to making its activities accessible to all individuals. If you are in need of a special accommodation, please contact us.

Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center

615 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Contact

Phone: 612-873-7466

Email[email protected]

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