May 5, 2015By Lance Baily

Drexel Med MS in Med Sim Inaugural Class Already Implementing Course Learning Into Their Programs

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Jami S. Smith, MPA, MEd, PA-C Academic Director Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation Program at Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine wrote in to share this amazing update regarding the inaugural MS Med Sim class! Learn how you can attend upcoming online or in-person informational sessions about the program below.

It is rare in online education to have students connect and become great friends even with thousands of miles in between them. It is even more rare for an entire class of students to become close colleagues that can relate and appreciate each other’s struggles and triumphs. Yet, Drexel’s MS in Medical & Healthcare Simulation program students have bonded in unanticipated ways; after just two semesters, the students have come together to learn together and support each other as they take their newly learned skills directly into their real life careers.

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This inaugural class of students admitted into to the MSMS program have diverse backgrounds including medicine, nursing and prehospital professions. Yet, all can relate with each other when it comes to the world of healthcare education and simulation. The MSMS is a truly interprofessional program that has broken down traditional healthcare environment silos. The program and its curriculum has given the students the opportunity to learn how different disciplines educate their students. The knowledge gained from working together in their classes and hearing stories from their classmates has demonstrated the powerful impact of effective quality interprofessional education.

The MSMS students have already applied what they are learning in class and from each other directly into their current careers. The students were recently asked to list out what they have accomplished professionally from the program and the response was incredible. In just two semesters the students have made countless changes, started new initiatives and started new research projects in simulation at their institutions.

Dr. Sharon Griswold, program director and professor for Drexel University College of Medicine Emergency Medicine department was filled with pride to hear what a difference the program is making at already established sim centers. “I truly believe that we are advancing the science of simulation with our curriculum. This program has been a tremendous collaborative effort involving internationally renowned faculty working along with our talented Drexel faculty. The program and its students has far exceed my expectations.”


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Susan Coffey Zern, MD, Director of the Virtual Education and Simulation Training at Christian Care Health System in Delaware performed a needs assessment to determine the need for an advanced airway course. She then went on to develop and implement the simulated course for anesthesia, emergency medicine and respiratory care.

MSMS student Matthews Charnetski is implementing many changes at Des Moines University. Charnetski is a simulation specialist for the University and has been assisting with curriculum design and enhancement utilizing various simulation methods. He is implementing mastery learning techniques he gained from the program and has created a curriculum to assist in the training and streamlining of the primary Infectious Disease Transport Team for Iowa.

“Through information and skills directly gained through the MSMS program I have been able to sway a large portion of ‘we’ve always done it this way’ faculty to better understand simulation methods and begin to open up to the idea that there is a more efficient and effective way to educate our students through simulation methods” said Charnetski.

Elizabeth Horsley, RN a nursing simulation educator for Brock University, has made many changes to their undergraduate nursing program. She is currently in the process of developing a strategic plan for the simulation program and has presented new educational methods and simulation pedagogy to the nursing faculty. She also developed a “Friday Night Simulation Lights” program with general surgery residents; the piloted session was viewed as an overwhelming success.

She has also worked with groups outside of her University including Sim-One, McMaster University Medical School and Niagara Health Systems to teach and develop simulation training.

“This program has given me the knowledge, tools and the confidence to increase my profile in health professions education in our community by taking a lead and active role in simulation initiatives” said Horsley.

With a little more than a year to go in the program, everyone behind the MSMS program at Drexel is excited to see what the students will accomplish next.

Drexel University’s Masters in Medical & Healthcare Simulation is a unique, part-time, primarily online, two-year program that is the first of its kind to offer advanced training in simulation teaching, curriculum design, and the fundamentals of simulation research in an interprofessional setting. The program’s faculty are national and international leaders in medical and healthcare simulation. This degree program will prepare healthcare professions to further their academic career in healthcare simulation via quality, effective, simulation-based medical education, research, management, leadership and teamwork skills. For more information about the masters program, please visit the Drexel Med MS Medical Simulation Page!

Attend an MSMS Online Information Session 
Drexel will also be hosting live online information sessions about the MSMS program in April and May. Hosted by faculty, staff and students from the program, the sessions provide a wealth of information about the program and allow for opportunities to ask questions.

Meet with Current MSMS Students for a special Q&A session.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 6:00pm EDT

Meet with Program Director Sharon Griswold, MD for an overview of the program.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 12 Noon EDT
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12 Noon EDT
Monday, June 8, 2015 at 4:00pm EDT

For more information about the masters program, please visit the Drexel Med MS Medical Simulation Page and RSVP for an upcoming info session here!

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