Why web-based simulations should be part of your Dental Assisting curriculum

As an experienced dental assistant and educator, Cassie Belfancha is always on the look-out for ways to enhance the learning experiences of students and trainees. That’s why she jumped at the opportunity to work with the SIMTICS team when they began developing simulations for dental assisting skills.

SIMTICS offers a web-based multi-media platform that is already being used in sonography, radiography, medical assisting, and medical programs around the USA and in other countries including Australia, The Philippines, and India. Each module covers one skill or procedure and comprises a text explanation of the procedure, a video of an expert undertaking the procedure, a 3D anatomy model, and a quiz. But the ground-breaking aspect for the dental assisting field is that students can learn and practice skills interactively with the unique SIMTICS simulations, and test their competence too.

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Purdue University Global and SIMTICS: blazing a trail in blended learning for Medical Assisting

When Kaplan University’s Chair of the Medical Assisting Program, Dr Tricia Berry, was first asked to teach medical assisting online in 2006, she thought, that’s crazy!

More than ten years down the track, and now part of Purdue University Global, Trish and her team have proven that their own special form of blended learning produces successful medical assisting professionals. How do they do it? By taking advantage of technological developments that deliver realistic simulations for students to learn their skills and then placing students directly into clinics to practice.

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Maximizing the teachable moments through flipped classroom and student performance analytics

By Angelique Praat

In any teaching environment, students come with a range of talents and challenges, and different learning velocities. Imagine if you could give every student a head start before they reached the classroom. This is the essence of the flipped classroom or blended learning model for healthcare professionals.

Web-based skills learning system, SIMTICS, offers medical and allied health instructors greater scope to prepare their students for the reality of the clinical setting than simply asking them to read their textbooks and watch a video, and hoping they will comply. Through an integrated system of multimodal learning support, students can try procedures via online simulations before they come to class.
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When labs are not even a car-ride away: Delivering hybrid learning for budding medical assistants in Alaska’s remote Southeast.

What do you do when you live on a remote island in Alaska’s Southeast, but you want to take the next step in your medical assisting career?  The skills required for medical assisting are both administrative and clinical. But where do you practice your clinical skills when you don’t have access to a lab every day?

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There’s no such thing as the perfect clinical training environment – e-simulations bridge the gap

While a healthcare educator’s dream might be of labs available whenever and wherever students want them, fully-equipped sim centers, and patients obliging with the right symptoms for the procedure of the week during student externships, this is seldom the reality.

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Enriching sonography students’ learning and confidence with e-simulations.

I’ve never spoken to an educator who doesn’t want the best possible learning experience for their students. That ambition to deliver a comprehensive, engaging and enjoyable educational experience is certainly shared by the instructors at the Kettering College Sonography program.

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How to engage medical assisting students with skills simulations

Medical Assistant Director and Instructor, Nicole Carter, is always looking for new ways to engage her students.  One of the founders of the non-profit training institution, Latin American Youth Center Career Academy (LAYCCA) in Washington DC, Nicole says her work is hard but fun and the wins make it all worthwhile. But before you can have wins with students, you have to have engagement.

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What is integrated cognitive simulation? How is it changing the face of teaching and learning in the healthcare sector?

For many of us, the best way to learn is to have a go: to take as many turns as we need to get it right. Practice makes perfect. But what if having a go has consequences? What if getting it wrong has higher stakes that can’t be resolved by simply pressing the restart button?

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