The Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center in Florida is dedicated to improving clinical learning and patient care; and reducing patient risk through the use of new technologies coupled with realistic medical scenarios and educational debriefings.
The simulation center offers state-of-the-art devices and training modules that allow learners to practice specific diagnostic and surgical techniques.
Several types of training are available and can be incorporated into different medical scenarios or events.
Three main methods of training include:
- High-fidelity training. Lifelike situations are used to suspend disbelief and allow learners to practice procedural and decision-making skills in a safe environment. Life-size patient mannequins, trained medical actors, and a range of medical equipment can be used to conduct training in areas such as patient resuscitation and assessment and interpersonal team communication.
- Task training. Learners are given the chance to focus on key elements of a task or skill at their own level. Special trainers are available to enhance skills used in laparoscopic surgery, airway management, vascular procedures and more.
- Virtual-reality training. Learners interact with a synthetic (virtual) environment displayed on a computer screen or through special or stereoscopic displays. Some simulations include additional sensory information, such as sound provided through speakers or headphones or tactile feedback built into the software. Virtual reality can be used for advanced training in complex medical procedures, such as carotid stent placement or other minimally invasive surgeries or procedures.
The simulation center staff assists in procuring and presenting materials to support or modify scenarios to meet specific training needs.
Previously completed scenarios can be reviewed in the center's scenario library.