Inspired by and contributing to evidence-based education, the CICSP provides an environment where professionals who will care for us in 2020 learn by doing. In its networked spaces, healthcare students practice patient interaction, attain diagnostic and procedural competence, refine the “people” skills for this most human of businesses, and develop the confidence to make lifesaving decisions.
Hosting simulation and “live” education modalities, the Clinical Learning Resource Center anchors Drexel healthcare students’ clinical studies from introduction through final evaluation. Team teaching, practice using fellow students and task trainers, and constant review ensure that students enjoy unlimited freedom to polish skills before entering the job market.
- A full-time CLRC staff maintains and prepares learning spaces, and supports students and faculty
- Two large therapeutics labs house beds and medical equipment as needed
- Numerous classrooms, clinical stations and private exam rooms facilitate practice, evaluations, exams and small-group study
An array of clinical skills stations provides space for students to practice, review and brush up on what they’ve learned.
- The lab is open 8 am to 5 pm weekdays
- A faculty member is always available to answer questions, demonstrate techniques, troubleshoot, and remediate areas where students need to strengthen their skills
- The suite also houses supplies and equipment to maintain the systems used in the College’s simulation and practice labs
Drexel’s RadTech courses integrate hands-on clinical training with classroom work, unlike many such programs that schedule clinical experiences at six-month intervals. This seamless blend of theory and practice enables students to use newly-learned skills immediately.
Practicing in a suite that mirrors a contemporary radiology department, students become familiar with state-of-the-art radoiologic instruments, the crucial process of positioning patients, and a filmless workflow.
Standardized Patient experiences (see section F at far right) help students to enter employment with the confidence that comes only with practice.
Drexel RadTech students work with peers in Nursing, Physical Therapy and other programs to refine their ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment.
This suite of realistic clinical environments exposes students to settings they’ll encounter in their careers. Guided by faculty observing either directly, from their offices, personal computers, or from a central Control Room, they learn to navigate the complexities of patient care.
Skills practice and reviews are provided to assist with mastering skills and critical thinking. A faculty member is present to provide mentoring and assistance.
A large space opens out on either side of the control room. These twin chambers can be configured to replicate:
- Neurologic, cardiac, neonatal or other Intensive Care Units
- An emergency room or operating room
- A hospital unit or nurses’ station
- A women’s health unit—labor and delivery, post-partum and nursery.
- A pharmacy or convenient-care clinic
- A complete mini-apartment with kitchen, living & bedroom furniture to familiarize students with the challenges of home care for children, elders and people with special needs
- An exterior setting for training and evaluation of emergency or disaster relief first responders
Students can practice any number of scenarios in these flex spaces. Remote-control audio-visual equipment preserves the activities as electronic files for review and critique as in the Standardized Patient Lab (see section G).
Raising simulation to a new level of sophistication, the rooms include projectors to flood a wall with previously filmed footage. These clips enhance realism with the sights and sounds of a busy hospital, a street scene, or any such environment.
Orchestrated from the control room, these experiences exceed the impact of any routine simulation. Actors and principals can be guided during the simulation, with activity and distractions spontaneously introduced to gauge students’ attentiveness and ability to work in a bustling environment.
Arranged like a typical boardroom, this multi-use space can host small or large group discussions for the planning, preparation and review of activities in the simulation labs.
Equipped with microphones and video cameras, it also provides a setting for simulated encounters that might take place outside of typical clinical spaces. For instance, students can experience scenarios in which they must comfort a grieving family, counsel a subordinate, conduct a team meeting or navigate an interdisciplinary ethical dilemma.
After a simulation encounter, students attend a post-encounter session in the debriefing room. Sharing the emotional impact of the experience and evaluating their performance, they can map out concrete steps to improve their practice.
Enriching in-class and individual work with audio-visual equipment and 100 state-of-the-art personal computers, Technology Centers on two floors enable students to communicate with professors and each other, review their simulation encounters, consult electronic textbooks and course materials, polish homework or conduct online research.
The 60-seat fourth floor lab supports teaching, simulation, high stakes computerized testing, virtual practice of patient care skills in targeted scenarios, and individual study space.
The space can be configured as a single large room or divided into two small ones.
An accurate assessment can spell the difference between effective and flawed intervention plans. Drexel’s state-of-the-art Standardized Patient Lab complex provides the resources for students to build competence in assessing a patient’s condition and knowing how to intervene.
Stashing coats and books in the Check-In Room, students prep for their encounters in the Classroom. A wall-mounted LCD monitor enables the instructor to review and rehearse key points in preparation for the simulation scenario.
Standardized Patients (SPs) occupy the Actors Lounge until their encounters with students begin, so each exam conveys the realism of a first meeting with a patient.
The Lab’s 10 Exam Rooms are true to life, right down to the jar of wooden tongue depressors—and the patient whose complaint may be as basic as a cold, or as complicated as an incipient stroke or ethical quandary.
Microphones and remote-control mobile cameras in exam rooms relay each SP encounter in realtime or anytime. Selecting multiple or individual views, panning and zooming as needed, faculty monitor the experiences from the Control Room or from a personal computer at any location.
After their encounters, students join actors for debriefing (see section E) and to review their performances, critique themselves and pinpoint strengths and weaknesses. Videos are archived and students or faculty can review them via personal computer at any time or place.