For nearly 10 years the National Board of Medical Examiners used the Anaclerio Learning and Assessment Center as a pilot site in developing new USMLE tests.
The College of Medicine remains at the forefront in the use of specialized educational methods required for effective training, including simulation, biomedical informatics, information management systems and standardized patients. From your first month of medical school, simulated environments and scenarios are created that enable you to gain experience and skills before you encounter real patients.
At UF’s Anaclerio Learning and Assessment Center, students gain formal practice and learn the importance of a team approach while interacting with standardized patients — actors trained to simulate symptoms and signs of specific ailments. This valuable tool has been used at UF for several years and is vital to teach and assess the attributes of professionalism, communication, interpersonal skills, patient safety and team-building.The widespread use and perfection of computerized virtual patient simulators can be traced back to UF physicians and engineers. In the early 1990s faculty from the department of anesthesiology, including our former dean, Dr. Michael L. Good, developed the Human Patient Simulator.
The UF Center for Simulation, Safety and Advanced Learning Technology provides the foundation for our college to advance health-care education and patient safety through the development, application and evaluation of new technologies. Immersive educational experiences, such as the virtual patient and standardized patient programs, are examples of how UF is using innovative health-care simulations to enhance knowledge, verify expertise and ultimately improve health outcomes.
The UF Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation, or CELS, was designed to support state-of-the-art clinical skills and team training activities across the UF Health Science Center colleges and graduate medical programs, including patient safety programs within UF Health Shands Hospital. The Louis H. Oberndorf Experiential Learning Theater in the George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building currently provides a space for students to train with up to eight interactive, safe and cost-effective human patient simulators simultaneously.
The UF department of Health outcomes & Biomedical Informatics has a diverse multidisciplinary faculty of health outcomes researchers, health policy evaluators, economists, epidemiologists, psychologists and demographers, whose goal is to advance the scientific knowledge necessary to promote population health, improve healthcare outcomes, and develop sound public policies to improve the health of children and adults.
We are training people not just for next year, but for the next 20 and 30 years.
Patient safety is a primary concern.