The Howard University Health Sciences Clinical Skills Center is a 5,000 square foot state-of the art learning space that opened August 2009. The design of the center is primarily an ambulatory setting; however, the rooms have the flexibility to simulate other settings and environments. The technology within the center is a web-based digital solution that captures and stores both video and data during encounters. The system allows the flexibility to observe and provide feedback to learners in real-time and post time. Also, the system allows access to learners for self-assessment of their skills.
The mission of the Howard University Health Sciences Simulation and Clinical Skills Center (Center) is to provide an ideal learning environment to support educational curricula throughout the healthcare enterprise and to promote patient safety through simulation education. This is accomplished by developing comprehensive simulated experiential-based activities in a safe and non-threatening environment. These activities allow for instruction, practice, and assessment of fundamental and advanced clinical/technical skills with opportunities to advance interprofessional education and collaboration. The simulated activities address the following educational domains: cognitive, psychomotor, affective and team training. The Center provides a simulated environment where health sciences students, post-graduate trainees, and practicing health care professionals learn and improve their clinical skills with deliberate practice in a controlled environment prior to real-world engagement. Faculty/instructors can monitor and assess the growth and development of learners individually and as members of teams to ensure the learners achievement of curricula milestones.
The vision of the Howard University Health Sciences Simulation and Clinical Skills Center is to provide exemplary education and service to the health science enterprise’s students, postgraduate trainees, faculty/instructors and practicing healthcare professionals to promote patient-centered collaborative care and to promote patient safety through simulation education and research.
Our Values - CARES
- Provide educational programs that prepare learners to examine and interact with patients in a manner beneficial to both doctor and patient.
- Ensure that all learners meet a minimum level of competence at each stage of their education.
- Provide a multi-disciplinary and non-threatening place for learners to obtain, improve, and integrate skills.
- Provide a space where learners can have the privacy and time to develop interpersonal and communication skills and understand how these skills relate to patient care.
- Help learners move beyond personal barriers to improve patient care.
- Provide a multi-disciplinary resource for faculty.