Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
University of South Carolina
Health Sciences South Carolina
This SmartState Center is transforming the clinical education of medical, nursingm and allied health students through the use of human simulation technology and innovative software-driven training scenarios. The ultimate goals are to improve the quality and safety of patient care, advance new evidence-based methods of training of the healthcare workforce, and become an international focal point for health sciences research in education and safety.
In February 2006, Dr. John Schaefer was recruited as a SmartState Endowed Chair with the goal of establishing a statewide network of collaborating simulation centers. Now called Healthcare Simulation South Carolina, this sophisticated network includes ten partners:
Since 2008, the Simulation Center network has provided more than 60,000 student encounters. More than 60 active courses have been created and are in use throughout South Carolina. Data captured from the training simulations are helping Dr. Schaefer and his research team identify the most effective, evidence-based ways to provide clinical training to physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals, and in the process, to develop new curricula.
The Center’s revolutionary human simulation curricula have been successfully commercialized. Dr. Schaefer co-founded SimTunes, LLC, a spinoff company to develop simulation educational technology. In 2010, SimTunes sublicensed its educational products and technology to Laerdal Medical, a Norway-based medical simulation products company. Laerdal markets SimTunes’ more than 84 educational scenario sets and 600 individual scenarios worldwide.
Through the work of Dr. Jihad Obeid, the Center also is developing a statewide informatics infrastructure to support and promote clinical research and ultimately patient care.