Clinical Simulations

The ICOM clinical simulation center is an interactive clinical skills education, testing and evaluation facility located on the second floor of the 94,000 sq ft ICOM building with twelve patient exam rooms and six clinical simulation rooms. All rooms have ceiling cameras and microphones that can funnel audiovisual information about a student standarized patient encounter or human patient simulation to  monitoring and recording control rooms for interactive evaluation purposes.

Standardized Patients

Standardized patients are individuals who are trained to portray patients in a realistic manner who have symptoms. Scheduled sessions of timed encounters provide opportunities for students to practice their skills and receive immediate feedback.

Standardized patients assess the students' clinical and history-taking skills and communicate verbally to students about their interpersonal behaviors.

Exam rooms are outfitted with two digital cameras to record standardized patient encounters with students. Students and faculty can view recordings stored in the web-based Panopto AV system.

Standardized patients will use electronic scoring rubrics to evaluate interpersonal and communication skills during their encounters with students.

Human Patient Simulators

ICOM's human patient simulators range from low-fidelity simulators such as CPR mannequins to high-fidelity, sophisticated, computer driven, interactive models that talk and breathe, with pulses and pupils that constrict and dilate.

These patient simulators provide learning opportunities for students as they work within a team  to engage in constructed clinical scenarios that are frequently of a more critical or emergency nature. The simulators offer ideal circumstances for practicing or assessing performance of complex and invasive clinical skills and the communications and functioning of the care team itself.

Students are taught utilizing the TeamStepps method which is an evidence-based teamwork program aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals.

Task Trainers

Task trainers are models of specific human body parts that are used to help students address real-life procedures and complications with those specific areas. Some of the task trainers used will help students with inserting catheters, performing IV insertions, lumbar puncture, performing labor techniques and examining areas like ear canals, prostate and muscles to name a few.