CNM to Hold Conference on Simulation Training on Friday

November 29, 2016 -- Seventy faculty and staff from 11 New Mexico colleges are expected to attend a Simulation Training Conference Dec. 2 at CNM’s Simulation Center on Main Campus. Participants will learn about using simulation-based learning for health sciences and public safety programs and careers.
November 29, 2016

The conference will feature three tracks: Simulation Operations, Simulation Faculty Development and Simulation Center Administration. Members of the CNM Simulation Center participated in the planning of the event and will be presenting lectures and workshops. SUN PATH grant, which is funding the December conference, will offer another advanced training in March 2017.

CNM recently held a simulation of a large-scale mock emergency situation which involved about 200 students from six programs in the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety. The mock scenario involved a domestic violence situation that turned into a deadly shooting in the Student Resource Center. Simulation Center staff helped plan the exercise and deployed human patient simulators with various injuries that were rescued and treated during the exercise.

“The attempt in these mock emergencies is to make them as realistic as possible for the students’ learning experience,” said Richard Gentile, director of CNM’s Simulation Center. “Simulation learning integrated into traditional curriculum enhances the learning of theory and lab skills for preparing graduates to enter clinical training with live patients. It allows safe practice in a controlled environment using human patient simulators and live actors to assess basic and advance competencies.”

Funding for the simulation training conference comes from a $15 million grant New Mexico received in 2014 from the U.S. Department of Labor to build healthcare career pathways and develop an effective collaboration between the Department of Workforce Solutions, Higher Education Department and healthcare employers to bridge the training and employment gap in New Mexico. The funding is shared by the SUN PATH Consortium of 11 New Mexico colleges.  

The SUN PATH grant supports these colleges to develop or upgrade their simulation learning centers by providing simulation technology, simulation staff and professional development. Four SUN PATH Regional Medical Simulation Centers have been developed in different parts of the state. The Regional Centers cooperate in providing workshops and conferences to train simulation staff and faculty across the consortium on the best-practices of simulation-based learning.

All 11 Simulation Centers contribute materials and documents shared on the SUN PATH BaseCamp website. The Regional Centers have conducted tours and training sessions for their network colleges. CNM is one of the four Regional Medical Simulation Centers.

With its grant money of $2 million, CNM has served 402 participants in the first two years of the grant. The participants were enrolled in various Health Sciences, Health Information Technology and EMS programs. A total of 314 have completed their studies and have graduated with 453 certificates. About 120 participants were employed. Incomes for 198 increased during or after their studies.