Research and development is a large function of the UMCSC 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. Abundant research opportunities exist to examine the effects of simulation on patient outcomes, procedural techniques, team management, and other clinical practices.
Ongoing research includes:
- Validation of high, medium, and low fidelity simulators for task and system level training in medical procedures
- Use of simulators for individual and team performance training
- Effect of simulation on the selection and acceptance of high fidelity clinical equipment
- Use of virtual reality simulated environments for clinical practice
- Impact of simulators on clinician training outcomes
- Use of simulators for evaluations and assessment of clinical skills
- Influence of simulators and task trainers on clinical outcomes and patient safety.
Faculty researchers at UMCSC represent multiple departments and specialty practices, which provides the Center with breadth and depth in its assessment of simulation technologies for diverse and variable medical applications. Research is also conducted in collaboration with government institutions and other medical centers throughout the United States. The faculty and staff of the the UMCSC also work collaboratively with members of industry to design and develop simulators for medical education and task specific clinical skills. The UMCSC also supports research and development projects specific to engineering, computer science, and biomedical science, and simulation-based education.
Through its research program, UMCSC has created several unique products for simulation.