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Current News

May 2021

UC Davis simulation specialist selected for advisory board of international simulation society
UC Davis Health
Francisco Ramirez, simulation specialist at the UC Davis Health Center for Simulation and Education Enhancement, was selected to serve on the Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist Advisory Board with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

UC Davis emergency medicine residents win SimWars competition
The California Aggie
Emergency medicine physicians in the UC Davis Emergency Medicine Residency program participated in a head-to-head competition against military emergency medicine residents from across the country in the SimWars competition facilitated by the Government Services Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. 

April 2021

Military emergency medicine residents at UC Davis Health test their mettle — and win — in national ‘SimWars’ competition
UC Davis Health
Emergency physicians in military residency programs across the country competed in the annual SimWars competition, which is part of the annual Government Services Symposium facilitated by the Government Services Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. The Air Force team from UC Davis Health took first place in the event.

Escape room-style simulation for pediatric intensive care unit nurses presents a fun, innovative approach to learning
The California Aggie
Amid difficult learning conditions associated with the pandemic, UC Davis Health faculty have been brainstorming tactics to keep doctors, medical students and nurses engaged and motivated throughout their training. As a part of the pediatric intensive care unit nurse training program, one session has made progress in helping nurses learn in a fun environment: an escape room-style simulation.  

March 2021

Nurse training reimagined as escape room activity at Center for Simulation and Education Enhancement
UC Davis Health
A training session focused on helping pediatric nurses improve and enhance their respiratory assessment skills and nursing interventions for patients with bronchiolitis, septic shock and asthma was presented as an escape room activity. The hands-on experience encouraged nurses to use their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

February 2021

UC Davis Health paper shows how simulation education helps learners spot patient safety hazards
UC Davis Health
Quality improvement leaders at UC Davis Health created a simulation activity to help health professions students and trainees identify and report patient safety hazards in the emergency department. The success of the activity is outlined in a paper recently published in Pediatric Emergency Care. The paper, entitled “‘Good Catch, Kiddo’ – Enhancing Patient Safety in the Pediatric Emergency Department Through Simulation,” highlights how simulation is beneficial in helping learners identify and report hazards.

August 2020

UC Davis simulation center gets creative with education during pandemic
UC Davis Health
When the coronavirus pandemic began and educational courses shifted online, faculty and staff at the UC Davis Center for Simulation and Education Enhancement strategized how to use the center’s existing technological infrastructure and equipment to engage in distance learning.

June 2020

UC Davis simulation center director receives COVID-19 research grant
UC Davis Health
UC Davis Center for Simulation and Education Enhancement Medical Director Ian Julie, M.D., received a SEED research grant from CITRIS and the Banatao Institute for a research project focused on augmented reality video-assisted clinical care for remote management of COVID-19. Working with a colleague at UC Santa Cruz, Julie aims to extract clinically useful information from a live video stream, augmented with patient information such as blood oxygen saturation level, respiratory rate and heart rate in real-time. The goal is a tool to enable clinicians to rapidly evaluate COVID-19 patients, including remotely.

May 2020

UC Davis simulation center provides COVID-19 trainings for health care providers
UC Davis Health
In March 2020, the simulation team, simulation fellows, faculty and nurses began holding twice daily training sessions helping frontline and ICU providers caring for patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

October 2019

Social media leaders from hospitals across the U.S. come together at UC Davis Health
UC Davis Health
Social media leaders from across the country came together at UC Davis Health for the 10th annual SociaMedia.org Health Member Meeting. In addition to engaging in discussions and presentations from hospital members, they toured the simulation center.

July 2019

UC Davis simulation center stays contemporary with name change
UC Davis Health
To stay abreast of the advancements taking place in the fields of health care and education, the UC Davis Center for Virtual Care changed its name to the UC Davis Center for Simulation and Education Enhancement.

March 2019

UC Davis Center for Virtual Care earns reaccreditation from American College of Surgeons
UC Davis Health
The UC Davis Center for Virtual Care has been reaccredited for five years as a Comprehensive Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons — an honor bestowed on only about 90 simulation centers worldwide.

April 2018

UC Davis simulation center director receives Dean's Team Award for Excellence in Pre-Clinical Medical Education
UC Davis Health
UC Davis Center for Simulation and Education Enhancement Medical Director Ian Julie, M.D., received the award for his efforts to link pre-clinical biochemistry studies with the delivery of patient care. Julie and his colleagues used a hybrid approach incorporating simulation to help students understand how basic science concepts provide an essential foundation for clinical practice. Students used their knowledge of biochemistry to evaluate sick patients and assess lab work – making their pre-clinical studies more meaningful and engaging. This innovative approach and enhancement to the curriculum earned the team a monetary award that will be used to further enrich the team’s work.

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