Research and development is a large function of the UMCSC and revolves around the validation and exploration of the use of simulation in medical education, and the development of simulators that serve a specific instructional purpose in the training of physicians and clinicians. Abundant research opportunities exist to examine the effects of simulation on patient outcomes, procedural techniques, team management, and other clinical practices. Ongoing research includes the validation of high, medium, and low fidelity simulators for task and system level training in medical procedures, the uses of simulators for individual and team performance training, the effects of simulation on the selection and acceptance of high fidelity clinical equipment, the uses of virtual reality simulated environments for clinical practice, the impact of simulators on clinician training outcomes, the use of simulators for evaluations and assessment of clinical skills, and the influences of simulators and task trainers on clinical outcomes and patient safety.
Faculty researchers at UMCSC represent multiple departments and specialty practices, which provides the Center with breadth and depth in its assessment of simulation technologies for diverse and variable medical applications. Research is also conducted in collaboration with government institutions and other medical centers throughout the United States. The faculty and staff of the the UMCSC also work collaboratively with members of industry to design and develop simulators for medical education and task specific clinical skills. The UMCSC also supports research and development projects specific to engineering, computer science, and biomedical science, and simulation-based education.
Through its research program, UMCSC has created several unique products for simulation.
Student Research Tracks
UMCSC offers a perfect playground for the student researchers who have interests in engineering, ergonomics, and software (multimedia and gaming) development. We also offer two research tracks through the UMMS Student Biomedical Research Program under the mentorship of Deborah Rooney, PhD., Director of Education and Research for the Clinical Simulation Center.
Track I: Simulator Development
Under the mentorship of Director of Education and Research and a medical faculty, students will be expected to play a critical role during the creation and evaluation of a novel simulator. Depending on the complexity and progress of the project, student may be expected to contribute to the project in a variety of ways, including development of needs assessment, physical creation and refinement of a novel prototype of a simulator, development of associated assessments, and/or evaluation of the product using best research practices. It is expected that the student will also contribute to publication associated with the project.
Track II: Development of New Simulation-based Curricula
Under the mentorship of Director of Education and Research and a medical faculty, students will be expected to play a critical role during the development and implementation of new simulation-based curricula. Depending on the complexity and progress of the project, student may be expected to contribute to the project in a variety of ways, including development of theoretical construct, development of assessments, and/or evaluation of the intervention using best research practices. It is expected that the student will also contribute to publication associated with the project.