Simulation is the heart and soul of the inter-professional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS). Patient simulators provide trainees and experienced practitioners guided opportunities to learn, practice and have skills measured.
iCELS has an extensive inventory of manikins, task trainers and surgical simulators reflecting the latest in simulation technology development. Depending on the goals and objectives of the session, patient simulators are used for practice, teaching and assessment.
Hybrid simulation—simulation combining multiple modalities of simulation—enhances the reality of a scenario by recreating the environment, physiology, emotions, and dialogue of a real patient encounter.
In addition to providing training to medical students, residents, practicing clinicians, and nurses, iCELS can serve the interprofessional community and work with trainees in:
- Physician Assistant
- Respiratory and Occupational Therapy
- Veterinary Medicine
- Pastoral Care
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Law Enforcement
Depending on specific programs requirements, iCELS faculty and staff can create "in-house" patient simulation technologies, drawing on our depth of creative resource and technical expertise.
iCELS is the home of the internationally recognized UMass Medical School Standardized Patient Program. The program's extensive workforce — more than 100 participants — represents the demographics of today's patient population, with Standardized (or "simulated") Patients ranging in age from adolescents to active senior citizens.
Our Standardized Patients are carefully trained to:
- Portray and replicate manifestations of several medical conditions and communication challenges.
- Evaluate learner performance by providing written and verbal feedback. They frequently team with clinical faculty in high and low stakes examinations, small group teaching sessions, and one-on-one specialized clinical electives to assist learners with identified weaknesses in clinical skills.
The Standardized Patients are available for trainings within our Worcester facility, and can travel to other programs in New England, providing simulation and evaluation as well as training film services to learners at hospitals, academic centers and interprofessional programs.