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Increasing Interprofessional and Simulation Learning Opportunities

Maximizing student learning and providing real-world preparation is the goal of interprofessional health care education and cutting-edge simulation centers contribute mightily to that objective. “We are preparing our students to be job-ready when they graduate,” said Haifa Samra, Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Sciences.

With that goal in mind, Samra and other School of Health Science officials recently announced the completion of an important expansion and remodel of the interprofessional simulation center located in the Lee Medical Building on the USD campus in Vermillion.

The expanded simulation facility allows for individual and team learning using human patient simulators – manikins – that can be manipulated to present patient-case situations, such as heart rates, blood pressure and other conditions. Actors simulating patients have been added to the facility’s learning scenarios. And two faculty members nationally certified in health education simulation guide learning activities.

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