Spotlight: University of Toledo Trains Future Healthcare Professionals with Simulation Center

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Mission: Improve Interdisciplinary Collaboration

The University of Toledo Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center (UT – IISC) has, as part of its mission, goals to train students in virtual immersive environments in order to produce medical graduates who excel in clinical practice and medical research. To help meet these goals, the IISC incorporates clinical simulation scenarios and 3D visualization technology with the aim of preparing learners for the safest possible clinical care of real patients.

Floor 1 is an immersive simulation floor where virtual reality tools are used to teach in the form of specialized displayed systems. This includes CAD walls and an iSpace, which Bill Schmidt of AVI-SPL describes as “the closest thing to a holodeck that we have on the planet.” “You can suspend a viewer’s belief system and put them into virtual worlds that can very closely approximate the real world.  This is a very new way of providing teaching, especially in the medical field, and it offers a bunch of new possibilities for them to accelerate the learning process.”

Floor 2 features the advanced clinical simulation center with high fidelity human patient simulators in simulated hospital settings. This floor can be turned into a virtual delivery unit, intensive care unit, trauma suite and surgical suite.

Floor 3 is a progressive anatomy and surgical skills center where surgical and procedural skill training is performed. This floor utilizes advanced trainers and enables surgical workshops, alongside a section that specifically works with bodies that were donated for scientific study.

“In the Virtual Hospital, you can practice taking care of patients in the simulation spaces, including the transition of care from one level of care to another,” Boyers says. “For example, from the home, to the ED, to the hospital, to the ICU and back home again. Practicing the safe transition of patient care from one team to the next is very important.”  Boyers says before the 65,000 square foot simulation center was built, the university built a 12,000 square foot prototype. She says the prototype was a test to see if the simulation center concept would be adopted by students, faculty and the curriculum.

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Welcoming Computer Comforts as our new Gold Sponsor!

FLEXspace is thrilled to announce Computer Comforts, Inc. (CCI) as our new Gold Level sponsor partner! 

As we move from the current version of FLEXspace to the new and improved “FLEXspace 2.0,”  we modified our partnership structure to better align with the FLEXspace expanded feature set. And today, we’re excited to announce that Computer Comforts Inc. is our newest Gold Level Sponsor Partner! Learn more about their products on their new sponsor page here on the FLEXspace.org site.

computer comforts gold sponsorComputer Comforts, Inc. will be celebrating their 30 year anniversary at the Educause Conference this year. Visit booth #921 to see several new products, including a collaborative table with the patented Hide-Away LCD feature.  In addition, CCI has also furnished the Educause Attendee Lounge located at booth #815. This lounge will feature a wide variety of active learning furniture and soft seating. A great spot to rest your feet, plug-in and recharge your batteries!  @CompComfortsInc 

Welcoming Sony Education Segment as our Newest Sponsor!

We are excited to announce Sony Education Segment as our newest FLEXspace sponsor! Eisuke Sakai and his team from Japan and USA will be working with our core team to see how to best connect with and support the FLEXspace community to develop creative learning spaces with AV and IT technologies. Join us in giving Sony a big welcome! 

Learn more about our newest sponsor here at Sony Education SegmentSony Imaging Products and Solutions Inc. 

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