EXPORTING KNOWLEDGE as an industry: one of our SimTiki Center’s specialties

The University of Hawai`i medical school is increasingly exporting its knowledge of the use of simulation technology in medicine. When our SimTiki staff aren’t on the road to Japan, Australia and other sites, they are hosting learners from Japan, Korea and other nations here. On January 25, they conducted a simulation-based training workshop between the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) in Kaka`ako and the University of the Ryukyus Medical School in Okinawa, using a Japanese space agency (JAXA) satellite, called the WINDS satellite.

Educators at SimTiki controlled a high-tech learning mannequin–a simulated patient–at the Clinical Simulation Center called “ChuraSim”, at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa. The facilitator guided learners through a variety of cardiac emergency scenarios.

JABSOM’s Dr. Gen Ouchi controls a mannequin in Okinawa and guides 5th year medical students in resuscitation training. during the demonstration.

JABSOM’s Dr. Gen Ouchi controls a mannequin in Okinawa and guides 5th year medical students in resuscitation training. during the demonstration.

Dr. Gen Ouchi was the Kaka`ako-based facilitator. Dr.

Dr. Gen Ouchi , Michael Von Platten photo.

Dr. Gen Ouchi. (Michael Von Platten photos.)

Ouchi is a JABSOM visiting scholar, from the University of the Ryukyus, participating in a one-year fellowship program at SimTiki, focusing on research and education using simulation-based teaching methods. He is also a fellow in the Office of Medical Education’s Medical Education fellowship. The learners in this demonstration project were fifth-year medical students at the University of the Ryukyus Medical School.

JABSOM’s SimTiki Center provides top-of-the-line simulation equipment to medical students, community health professionals and visiting international teams seeking to improve their reaction time in real emergencies. The Centerʻs “simulated patients” are full body, computer controlled devices which are  programmed to demonstrate a virtually endless number of emergency scenarios, situations that doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMT’s and others might encounter at a patient’s bedside or on a busy street corner.

To see the demonstration from the OTHER side, across the ocean in Okinawa, click on the ChuraSim WEBSITE.

For more information about The SimTiki Center, see its website or contact the Director of the SimTiki Center, Dr. Benjamin Berg bwberg@hawaii.edu

 

 

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