CAE Maestro Platform Expands Distance Healthcare Education Opportunities
The Covid-19 pandemic underscored the significance of flexibility in delivering teaching experiences to medical learners. Recognizing this need, CAE Healthcare has responded by introducing CAE Maestro Evolve, a virtual learning solution that is both cost-effective and versatile. This article from HealthySimulation.com explores the capabilities of CAE Maestro Evolve software, which enables synchronous and high-fidelity simulations at a low cost, catering to learners regardless of location.
CAE Healthcare is known for creating an innovative and integrated educational ecosystem, featuring a family of patient simulators, ultrasound simulation, simulation management software and digital learning solutions, such as CAE Maestro Evolve.
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The comprehensive virtual platform brings CAE Healthcare manikins to a virtual medium and is currently available using the entire fleet of CAE Healthcare patient simulators, including:
- CAE Apollo, an adult simulator for pre-hospital and nursing scenarios
- CAE Ares, an emergency-care simulator
- CAE Aria, a high-fidelity pediatric manikin
- CAE Juno, a mid-fidelity simulator for clinical nursing skills training
- CAE Lucina, a high-fidelity childbirth simulator for normal and abnormal delivery situations
- CAE Luna, a neonatal simulator that supports newborn assessment and training.
One of the critical advantages of CAE Maestro Evolve is the intuitive nature of running a scenario. Because CAE Maestro Evolve uses the same interface found in CAE Healthcare high-fidelity offerings, students and faculty alike will quickly be able to familiarize themselves with the virtual platform. CAE Maestro Evolve can run inside any modern web browser and requires no additional programs to be downloaded before being used.
To start a medical simulation, faculty simply send out a link that the learner can open toy be placed inside the scenario. Once logged into CAE Maestro Evolve, facilitators and learners can access detailed patient status, graphical indicators of patient changes, and expanded assessment capabilities, all at the click of a button.
All of these features allow for the effortless orchestration of simulations and provide a visual component to enhance the learning experience.
Features of CAE Maestro Evolve Include:
- Virtual Patient: Students can see a 3D representation of a patient on their device. Learners can then complete a physical assessment, perform any medical interventions, and gather a medical history.
- Virtual Equipment: Included with CAE Maestro Evolve is a simulated patient room equipped with virtual medical equipment that displays real-time medical signals that can be manipulated by a facilitator or interacted with by the student. CAE Maestro Evolve offers a simulator, medical equipment, and assessment tools all within one cohesive platform.
- Simulated Clinical Experiences: SCEs are curated clinical experiences designed by CAE Healthcare subject matter experts and include patient histories, SBAR reports, learning objectives, and a facilitator’s guide. Each SCE follows the current standards and best practices to ensure a high-quality patient encounter for the learner. These cases are consistently updated, with more scenarios being added regularly.
Educators who use CAE Maestro Evolve are also able to run scenarios “on the fly,” customizing the responses of the simulator to the performance of the learners. Facilitators are able to configure an unlimited number of patients, from healthy to severely ill, and observe as the physiology naturally responds to the learner interventions.
The scenarios produced by CAE Maestro Evolve are engaging because the software so closely emulates the experience the learners are used to having in a simulation lab or classroom. Learners can interact with their peers and faculty while taking care of a patient without having to come to campus or compete for time in the simulation lab. The flexibility of combining hands-on practice in the simulation lab with remote synchronous learning through CAE Maestro Evolve provides more opportunities for learners. This simulation-based education approach has proven to be more effective than large group lectures, making this teaching method highly beneficial for training healthcare students.
Because there is no physical component, CAE Maestro Evolve allows medical simulation programs to save on space and money while still providing high-quality simulation training. CAE Maestro Evolve gives the simulation lab predictable costs that can scale and grow with the needs of the medical training center and can support multiple sites or campuses with a single license. Each license allows for up to four scenarios to occur simultaneously, and each simulation can host an unlimited number of learners, further increasing the value of the platform.
The author of this article has harnessed the power of CAE’s Maestro Evolve software to enhance various aspects of medical education. In large group lectures, the technology enables the seamless integration of visual aids, such as EKGs, allowing students to observe and analyze complex medical data in real time. Additionally, CAE Maestro Evolve can facilitate the presentation of specific heart or lung sounds, providing an immersive learning experience that enhances students’ diagnostic skills and auscultation abilities in an otherwise potentially dry lecture.
In small group clinical vignettes, CAE Maestro Evolve proves invaluable by presenting learner with diverse aspects of a case. Each learner receives different elements of the patient presentation, such as lab results, physical exam findings, or past medical history. This dynamic approach forces the learners to collaborate, communicate, and collectively piece together the complete clinical picture. By exposing students to various perspectives and information, CAE Maestro Evolve promotes critical thinking, decision-making, and teamwork in a realistic and interactive learning environment.
Finally, CAE Maestro Evolve is a valuable pre-work tool before physical simulation sessions that will be focused on psychomotor skill instruction. Learners can use the software to familiarize themselves with the case scenario, patient history, and relevant diagnostic findings to the procedural skill that is soon to be practiced. This pre-work prepares them for the hands-on simulation session, enabling them to practice and refine their clinical skills in a controlled and safe environment. By utilizing CAE Maestro Evolve as a preparatory resource, educators optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of physical simulation sessions, ensuring learners are better equipped to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world clinical settings.
CAE continues to look for more ways to innovate inside of healthcare education. Speaking with HealthySimulation.com at IMSH in 2023, President of CAE Healthcare Jeff Evans stated “as a leader in the space, CAE looks forward to demonstrating how our integrated solutions based on physiological modeling, data-informed decision-making, connected digital platforms, and advanced simulation technologies better support a holistic learner journey and prepare healthcare professionals for the moments that matter.”
By embracing CAE Maestro Evolve, educators can provide immersive and engaging educational experiences to their students, overcoming the limitations imposed by physical distancing and offering a solution that adapts to the evolving needs of healthcare education.
Should faculty be looking for a version of CAE Maestro Evolve that does not require any facilitator involvement and can be run asynchronously, CAE Maestro Embody provides healthcare learners with the opportunity to independently practice clinical skills, patient assessment, and charting at a self-directed pace.
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CAE Healthcare, a division of Canadian-based CAE (NYSE: CAE), is among world leaders in developing cutting-edge healthcare simulation learning tools for today’s professional healthcare providers. The company delivers best-in-class simulation-based education that helps healthcare professionals provide safe high-quality patient care. CAE Healthcare has an extraordinarily vast portfolio of simulated products, ranging from manikins, interventional and imaging systems to AV recording debriefing / Learning Management Systems.
Wesley Lockhart, PhD.c, MSMS, CHSE, CHSOS – Wesley has been involved in medical simulation for almost two decades, having started his simulation career as a Standardized Patient throughout high school and college. His first position out of college while preparing for medical school was a simulation technician at UC Riverside, he fell in love with medical simulation and the impact it could have on future providers and their future patients. After deciding against medical school, Wesley pursued a graduate degree in Medical Simulation from Drexel University, received his CHSE and CHSOS from SSH, and is currently a PhD candidate at MGH-IHP. Currently, Wesley works as the Simulation Director at the newly established University of Texas Tyler School of Medicine after 8 years at UC Riverside. His interests in simulation focus on Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Mastery learning, Debriefing, and integrating simulation into established curricula. Wesley lives in East Texas with his wife Kristen, daughter Sophie, and 3 standard poodles. When not head down in a simulation scenario, Wesley enjoys video games, fantasy novels, escape rooms, and board games with friends.