Drexel University College of Medicine Offers High Quality Healthcare Simulation MS Degree — Online!

Drexel University’s College of Medicine has something that may impact the future of medical simulation even more than high-tech manikins. While the evolution of virtual and on-site simulations continues to allow students in the medical field to learn through practice, such technology will only go so far without skilled educators leading the way.

“It’s not just about the technology and the bells and whistles – it’s the investment in the human capital that I think is really going to make a difference,” says Dr. Sharon Griswold,  founder and director of Drexel’s online Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation program. “It’s really the faculty and the curriculum development that sets us in a league of our own above competition.”

Among the first of its kind, Drexel’s medical and healthcare simulation program includes three, weeklong on-campus immersive simulation practicums. Students are exposed to simulation equipment that replicates real life, such as high-fidelity manikins, task trainers and rooms that mirror actual healthcare settings. Additionally, they are taught the proper techniques and methods of instruction in teaching healthcare techniques and communication in an interprofessional environment.


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“I had the chance to speak with the faculty and was instantly sold on the program,” said Matthew Charnetski, MS in Medical and Healthcare Simulation alumnus and current director of simulation learning at NYIT at ASU in Jonesboro Arkansas. “The truly interprofessional nature of the faculty and guest speakers was invaluable,” he added.

Charnetski attributed his career path to earning his Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation. Among what he learned in the program, Charnetski said he’s improved his abilities to manage difficult conversations, promote a program, design curriculum, apply adult learning theory and implement simulation methodologies.

The faculty at Drexel’s College of Medicine are more than just a collection of lecturers; they’re continuing learners, too. Last August, faculty member AnneMarie Monachino was granted a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator-Advanced (CHSE-A) certification, which is reserved for proven leaders in healthcare simulation. More recently, faculty member Roberta Hales was appointed Secretary of the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Faculty are highly involved in the development of a curriculum that, according to Krystle Campbell, alumna and current simulation center manager at the University of Wisconsin Clinical Simulation Program, made it possible for her quick professional ascension and allowed her to “…contribute to the advancement of the science [of simulation] through leadership, advocacy, research and development.”


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In addition to offering top-notch learning outcomes to students, faculty members in the medical and healthcare simulation program reflect a university-wide culture of collaboration and networking that benefits graduates long after they’ve earned their degrees.

Elizabeth Horsley, alumna and current director of simulation at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, considers herself grateful for the professional opportunities she enjoyed since enrolling.

“To actually be taught by the absolute gurus in the field was overwhelming in the best way,” said Horsley. “Quite simply, I would not have my job here in Brooklyn without Sharon Griswold. I have no qualms about contacting any of the faculty with questions that arise in my practice.”

While brick-and-mortar simulation labs and tangible technology are becoming increasingly commonplace in medicine and healthcare institutions, it’s Drexel’s investment in human capital and practical learning outcomes that set it apart.

Perhaps Griswold said it best: “It is the program to attend if you want to focus on your faculty development and your ability to evolve curriculum in the future.”

Learn more about Drexel University’s online Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation program!


Today’s article was guest authored by Kyle Medernach, Digital Content Specialist at Drexel University Online.

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