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Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center

About the Center

Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center

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

Mission Statement and Vision

Our vision is to advance every facet of healthcare delivery through state-of-the-art simulation. Our mission is to provide safe, realistic, immersive educational opportunities for healthcare 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 Hennepin Healthcare to continue a longstanding commitment to training the nation’s health care providers. Hennepin Healthcare is the first teaching hospital in Minnesota, training more than 20,000 healthcare providers every year. We strive to ensure that all patients receive the best and safest care by revolutionizing medical education for providers.

Courses & Scheduling

Simulation Facilitator Course

Register for this course

Upcoming dates

05/27/2022
08/12/2022
11/04/2022

Minimum participants: 3
Maximum participants: 6
Time: 8 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Simulation Center Conference Room- Ramp LL.021

Learner Outcomes

During this course, 80%, or greater, of learners will demonstrate and self-report increased 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, or greater, after this course, 80%, or greater, of 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 Judgment” 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 – 8:30 am: Intro to Simulation & Maximizing Learning
8:30-9:00  Tour of Sim Center and Mannequins
9:00-10:00 am  Review of Pre-Brief and Debrief
10:00-10:15 am  Break
10:15-11:45 am  Develop & write simulation cases (small groups)
11:45 am-12:15 pm Lunch
12:15-12:45 pm Develop pre-brief & debrief questions for your simulation cases (small groups)
12:45-1:15 pm  Operation of mannequins & Facilitation practice in control room (small groups)
1:15-2:25 pm  Hands on running and debriefing your simulation cases (small groups)
2:25-2:40 pm Break
2:40-3:50 pm  Hands-on running and debriefing your simulation cases (small groups)
3:50 – 4:00 pm: Wrap Up & Course Evaluation

Faculty/Planning Committee

No one in control of content has any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.*

*Ineligible companies are those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

  • Glenn Paetow, MD, MACM, ISEC, Medical Director, Assistant Program Director of Emergency Medicine (EM) Residency, Hennepin Healthcare (HH)
  • Mindi Driehorst, MSN, Simulation Center Manager, ISEC, HH
  • Erin Karl, MD, Medical Education and Simulation Fellow, ISEC, HH
  • Russ Siekman, BA, EMT-P, Simulation Specialist, ISEC, HH
  • Rochelle Zarzar, MD, MACM, Assistant Program Director of EM Residency, Hennepin Healthcare
  • Darla Roggow, MS, RN, Professional Development Specialist, RN, HH

Accreditation Statement(s)

Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours

Hennepin Healthcare is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

7 contact hours are awarded 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.

Simulation Debriefing Basics Course

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Upcoming dates

04/11/2022
05/16/2022
07/11/2022
08/22/2022
09/12/2022
10/17/2022
11/14/2022
12/12/2022

Minimum participants: 3
Maximum participants: 6
Time: 8 am - 12 pm
Location: Simulation Center Conference Room- Ramp LL.021

Learner Outcomes

During this course, 80% or greater, of learners will demonstrate and self-report increased debriefing knowledge and skills by utilizing the “Debriefing with Good Judgment” approach during facilitation of two simulation scenario debriefing sessions.

At three months, or greater, after this course, 80% or greater, of 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 4 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.

8-8:15 am  Brief Intros and Welcome
8:15-8:45 am  Overview of Simulation Pre-brief and Debriefing Approach
8:45-9:00 am  Tour of Sim Room & Control Room
9:00-9:15 am Group Debriefing Practice
9:15-11:45 am   Simulation Scenarios with Debriefing

11:45-12:00   Wrap up and Course Evaluation

Faculty/Planning Committee

No one in control of content has any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.*

*Ineligible companies are those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

  • Glenn Paetow, MD, MACM, ISEC, Medical Director, Assistant Program Director of Emergency Medicine (EM) Residency, Hennepin Healthcare (HH)
  • Mindi Driehorst, MSN, Simulation Center Manager, ISEC, HH
  • Erin Karl, MD, Medical Education and Simulation Fellow, ISEC, HH
  • Russ Siekman, BA, EMT-P, Simulation Specialist, ISEC, HH
  • Rochelle Zarzar, MD, MACM, Assistant Program Director of EM Residency, Hennepin Healthcare
  • Darla Roggow, MS, RN, Professional Development Specialist, RN, HH

Accreditation Statement(s)

Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours

Hennepin Healthcare is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

3.75 contact hours are awarded 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.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the task training room and open training hours are available by appointment only until further notice during spring/summer of 2020. Please reach out to [email protected] to schedule a time to use this resource.

Simulation Team

Simulation Team

Glenn Paetow, MD, MACM
Medical Director, Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center
Fellowship Program Co-Director, Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship
Associate Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Mindi Driehorst, MSN, RN
Simulation Center Manager
Mindi is the Simulation Center Manager at ISEC and is responsible for the operational management, coordination in development & delivery of educational simulation activities and strategic planning to ensure the mission and vision of the center are achieved.  She earned her BSN from Minnesota State University-Mankato, as well as her MSN in Nursing Education and Leadership & Management from Walden University. 

Erin Karl, DO
Medical Education and Simulation Fellow 2021-2023

Erin is an Emergency Medicine physician completing a two-year fellowship in Medical Education and Simulation. She completed her emergency medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2021. Her interests are in medical student and resident education as well as multi-disciplinary simulation education.

Russ Siekman
Simulation Specialist
Russ is the Simulation Specialist at ISEC and is responsible for operating and maintenance of all ISEC equipment, as well as assisting in the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation activities. Russ comes to Hennepin Healthcare from Marquette University School of Nursing where he has been employed as a Simulation Operations Specialist since August 2019.  He is a licensed paramedic and has a BA in Communication from the University of North Dakota. 

Darla Roggow, MS, RN
Professional Development Specialist, RN

Darla is a Professional Development Specialist, RN at ISEC and is responsible for maintaining a high level of expertise in professional clinical practice and education design.  She provides skillful consultation and facilitation of skills that impact processes and outcomes of patient care.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University.  Her interests are Nursing Education as well as Interdisciplinary Education.

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 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

Hennepin Healthcare ISEC Simulation Scenario Library submissions - Please email us at [email protected] with the content that you are looking for. 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.

Access the Scenario Case Request Form.
Access the Trainer/Equipment Request Form.

Videos

ISEC Templates

Website Resources

MedEd & SIM Fellowship

MedEd & SIM Fellowship

Medical Education and Simulation fellows work with multiple departments and professionals to develop simulation and skills-based curricula. They are involved in the development, implementation, facilitation, and debriefing of simulation sessions; both in the simulation center and in clinical environments (InSitu).  Fellows lead multiple curricular development projects, involving both individual departments/units and interprofessional teams.

While concurrently being enrolled in a Master's level program, Fellows combine formal education with experiential learning and direct feedback, to maximize the opportunity to acquire and refine their knowledge and skills. Fellows also are involved in developing non-simulation based educational activities for learners in their home department.

Learn more about the Medical Education & Simulation Fellowship.

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.

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

Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center

615 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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