Research and development is a large function of the clinical simulation center and revolves around the validation and exploration of the use of simulation in medical education, and the development of simulators that serve a specific instructional purpose in the training of physicians and clinicians. Ongoing research includes the validation of high, medium, and low fidelity simulators for task and system level training in medical procedures, the uses of simulators for individual and team performance training, the effects of simulation on the selection and acceptance of high fidelity clinical equipment, the uses of virtual reality simulated environments for clinical practice, the impact of simulators on clinician training outcomes, the use of simulators for evaluations and assessment of clinical skills, and the influences of simulators and task trainers on clinical outcomes and patient safety. Research is conducted by faculty within the medical school and clinicians in the University of Michigan Health System, and in collaboration with government institutions and other medical centers throughout the United States. The faculty and staff of the clinical simulation center also work collaboratively with members of industry to design and develop simulators for medical education and task specific clinical skills. Examples of faculty driven research that is being conducted at the University of Michigan Clinical Simulation Center are included in the section on Faculty Research.
Wish lists for the development of simulators from departmental users are always welcome! Please send all design and development requests to the UMCSC. Please note that feature enhancements for existing simulators that have a broad reach amongst the participating medical and basic science departments are prioritized for development. To submit a project proposal, click here.