At Médica Sur, simulation clearly enhances the professional training and education programs for all those who wish to develop competencies designed to improve healthcare quality. Courses of study range from basic resuscitation techniques to
highly specialized patient care, where students are able to develop proficiencies before coming into contact with real patients.
Simulation, Médica Sur and cardiopulmonary resuscitation courses combine as the "Sum of efforts to save lives."
Many of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation programs at Médica Sur are supported by the American Heart Association (AHA), and this support has helped to secure recognition of the institution as an international training organization. The AHA program allows Médica Sur to provide basic and advancedcardiovascular life support courses for healthcare providers and it has also created an impact on the civil community through the Heartsaver Courses. The latter courses have especially improved the quality of emergency response and attention, both at Médica Sur and throughout the community at large.
Hospital Médica Sur is a clear example of the importance placed upon simulation-based education in today’s medical education and training programs. Gradually, support for the many positive aspects of using simulation at Médica Sur has created a model for other education and hospital institutions that are ready to develop their own cardiovascular emergency programs.
The impact of simulation on current education and medical practice
The Office of Academic Affairs at Médica Sur determined that the Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certifications are indispensable requirements for students entering its Medical Internship and ten medical specialization programs. These courses are now given at the hospital to ensure that all of the hospital’s healthcare providers are prepared to act in case of emergency.
Advanced medical simulation technologies are revolutionizing the provision and experience of medical education. Using simulation, students are able to achieve clinical competence long before completion of their residencies or internships. Likewise, medical professionals who wish to further develop their skills are now able to do so by using the targeted scenarios that are integral to any simulation program. By practicing as often as necessary until mastering a specific skill, healthcare providers receive high quality medical training, may achieve certification, and learning is accomplished without risk to human patients. This high quality-low patient risk model is clearly one of the greatest advancements made in medical learning in the last few years.
The Hospital is currently undergoing the certification process by the Joint Commission International (JCI), and CESIDEM’s provision of the necessary training requirements has proved to be an asset in obtaining key compliance tools. Today, the administration at Médica Sur is proud that the CESIDEM has achieved recognition as one of the best simulation centers, but more than that, they are pleased to be creating an education and training center where high-level learning has become a natural outcome.