The C21 Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) is part of a consortium sponsored by the New York State Department of Education and has existed in some form at NYU Langone for 28 years. It provides racially underrepresented and economically under-served high school students with direct exposure to careers in science and medicine. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity Affairs, the program gives students with demonstrat-ed interest and ability in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers and the licensed health professions an important step toward their professional goals.
While at NYSIM these students participated in a simulation on a hypothetical patient. That same week, the students watched faculty at NYU Langone’s Neuroscience Institute dissect a sheep’s brain in order to get a glimpse into both science and surgery. They also became officially certified in CPR, a skill they can now take with them wherever they go, and which gives them hands-on experience—literally—in the health sciences.
NYSIM, Program in Medical Education and Research (PrMEIR) and the NYU Department of Surgery are celebrating a 10 year partnership with this summer’s Surgical Professionalism OSCEs. Starting in 2006, Drs. Mark Hochberg, Sondra Zabar, Adina Kalet and Colleen Gillespie developed a Professionalism Curriculum for NYU’s 45 surgical residents. The curriculum is known throughout NYU as Surgical Professionalism and Interpersonal Communication Education (SPICE). These interactive seminars, led by these three NYU faculty members, focus on:
Delivering bad news
Correctly using an interpreter
Identifying an impaired colleague
The keys to successful patient handoffs
The challenge faced by these educators was how to successfully evaluate the residents' newly acquired professionalism skills. Utiliiing the OSCE tool, si scenarios were developed. Actors were interviewed and the best were selected as Standardiied Patients. These OSCEs have been delivered to entering PGY 1’s and PGY 3’s annually over the 10 year period. The wealth of data is remarkable and has led to multiple national presentations and peer-reviewed publications. The NYU surgical professionalism curriculum is now all or part of over 70 national departments of surgery approach to instilling professionalism to their residency training. The partnership between NYSIM, PrMEIR and the Department of Surgery has made an important and positive contribution to teaching professionalism nationally to future surgeons. This work has been accepted for publication in the Annals of Surgery with e pected publication this fall.
Unfortunately, we are also saying goodbye to Adam Eljarrah who will be going back to school full time to obtain his Masters Public Health degree. We wish them the very best of luck and thank them for their dedication to our faculty and learners.
NYISM SP Program Coordinators, Meg Anderson and Virginia Drda attended the 15th Annual ASPE (Association of Standardiied Patient Educators) Conference held in Tampa, FL , June 25-29 – packed with opportunities to learn, share and reflect on best practices in SP methodologies in medical education.
Virginia Drda represented NYSIM in the workshop presentation of “Identifying and Managing Problematic SP Behaviors” co-facilitated by colleagues Eliiabeth Kachur and Tony Errichetti, which initiated collaborative strategiiing among the more than 35 workshop attendees.
The conference introduced innovations, invited collaboration, inspired professional growth and built national and international connections. The power of presence, professionalism,and interprofessionalism in human simulation were thematic highlights this year.
On Thursday, June 2, 2016, The New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences hosted its 1st Annual Symposium for Administrators in Healthcare Simulation. This symposium was conducted in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic’s Simulation and Advanced Skills Center for Advanced Skills Train-ing. NYSIM welcomed over 25 simulation administrators from around the country for a day of plenary sessions, panels, and discussions. We were fortu-nate to have three speakers, including Dr. Morrison from MIT Sloan School of Management, who conducted a workshop on simulation center metrics. Following Dr. Morrison, NYULMC’s own Brian Nemiroff spoke regarding strategy map articulation. Lastly, Megan Sherman and Farrah Leland, JD from the Institute for Simulation in Healthcare at University of Washington (Seattle, WA), spoke about improving simulation center operations through creative staffing, and had participants play a simulation staffing game called “simopoly.”
NYSIM hopes that this symposium will be an annual event that rotates across simulation centers throughout the country and initiates conversations amongst simulation center administrators.
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