UB Launches Course to Meet the Need for Healthcare Simulation Training

Healthcare simulation training

This summer the University of Bridgeport is launching a highly innovative engineering course to meet growing market demand for healthcare simulation. UB’s new simulation training program stands apart from the programs at other universities in that it educates the simulation training specialist versus the clinician. 

“Introduction to Medical Simulation,” addresses the growing need for technological expertise required to operate highly sophisticated simulation equipment for healthcare education,” said Carol Papp, dean of the College of Health Sciences. 

The role of the simulation training specialist is to provide complex technological support to the simulation education team. The complexity of the high fidelity manikins and computer systems needed to run various medical scenarios requires specialized training designed by both highly skilled engineers and healthcare practitioners.

Simulation education is becoming increasingly important and prevalent, especially in the healthcare field where it can be a vital link between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience. The central goal of simulation training is to improve and enhance the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of a host of healthcare services.

Papp reports that research demonstrates patient-centered medical simulation has been shown to be an effective educational tool to directly improve patient safety and patient outcomes.

“In this era of innovative tech-based healthcare solutions, training on medical simulation technologies for healthcare providers, ranging from robotic surgery to educational training on humanoid robots, to automated Artificial Intelligence-based diagnostic/imaging tools and expert learning systems is becoming crucial for medical professionals, says Tarek Sobh, executive vice president and dean of the College of Engineering, Business, and Education. 

An example of the interdisciplinary nature of the University’s three-college system, Sobh says that this course provides the basis for a career in designing and implementing such simulation strategies and autonomous recognition methodologies for a wide range of healthcare professions.

A gap in the supply and demand of simulation training specialists exists in multiple healthcare arenas, regionally, nationally, and internationally. According to Burning Glass Labor/Insight, 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects nationwide demand for occupations associated with healthcare simulation will increase at above-average rates through 2024. Current data also shows that regional healthcare providers and higher education institutions demonstrate the greatest demand.