Together, our team of faculty, administrators, technicians and local, national and international collaborators have helped our Center achieve its most productive year in training learners, developing curricula and disseminating life-saving programs. The result is an increase in the number of institutions we serve worldwide to more than 2,000.
All of us at the Gordon Center are very proud of our Director Emeritus, Dr. Michael Gordon, and his recognition from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare with its prestigious and second ever Pioneer in Healthcare Simulation Award. We are also proud of our Director of Cardiology Training Programs, Dr. Joseph Esterson, for winning his 9th George Paff award from senior medical students for his outstanding teaching in clinical medicine.
Led by Dr. Ivette Motola, our Prehospital and Emergency Healthcare (PEH) programs trained thousands of students and providers in numerous life-saving programs. In addition, Dr. Motola’s team spearheaded several research projects integrating multiple technologies to improve learners’ clinical skills, including:
- Using “Augmented-Reality,” in which third-year medical students and first-responders viewed special monitors that superimposed the underlying anatomy while they learned to perform invasive procedures such as central venous access and pediatric intubation.
- Developing and implementing in the field use telemedicine for patient triage. An integration of our Advanced Stroke Life Support training module with telemedicine devices is leading to more rapid triage and more efficient use of helicopter transport of patients from the Florida Keys to University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital facilities.
The GCRME Division of Research and Technology continued advancements in Harvey, the Cardiopulmonary Patient Simulator, and UMedic Multimedia Curriculum.
- Our faculty worked with engineers to improve the software operating system and interface that will enable Harvey to be integrated with more universal simulation platforms.
- Our consortium of cardiologists, physician assistants and educators completed and published a multi-center national study that demonstrated the benefit and impact of integrating Harvey throughout a PA curriculum.
Under the direction of Mr. Al Brotons, our Director of Training Operations, the Gordon Center underwent significant renovations to its infrastructure, audio-visual, simulation and training areas. The result is the most innovative, state-of-the-art facilities for large-scale training and assessment. We were able to provide facilities / AV support for non-GCRME Miller School programs for more than 2,000 participants in UME, GME & CME.
Our faculty presented at numerous national and international scientific meetings and published in several peer-reviewed journals.
- One of our BEME (Best Evidence Medical Education) publications has been identified as the 2nd most cited article in all medical education journals since 1900.
- Dr. Ivette Motola was a member of a national committee that author a best practice paper entitled, “Standard of Best Practice: Simulation Standard VIII: Simulation-Enhanced Interprofessional Education.”
- I was invited as the Keynote Speaker at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation. Symposium: Cardiovascular Physical Examination for Cardiac Rehabilitation in Kyoto, Japan. In addition, I served as visiting professor and gave several presentations and workshops at the 2014 International Conference of Clinical Competence and Simulation in Healthcare in Taipei, Taiwan.
During the past year, we also collaborated with several national and international groups studying medical and interprofessional healthcare training. These studies include:
- evaluating nurse practitioner training as a model for geriatric training in medicine;
- publishing ‘Just in Time Learning’ as effective in helping first-responders manage weapons of mass destruction events;
- comparing instructor regulated to directed self-regulated mastery learning of advanced cardiac life support skills.
Several of our faculty have worked closely our colleagues at the UMMSM on a wide range of projects:
- Department of Surgery to provide emergency training for the US White House Medical Staff team of healthcare providers that care for the President of the United States.
- Office of Medical Education on a pilot capstone “Transition to Residency,” a two- week simulation-based “boot camp” to prepare senior medical students for residency. This project was initiated by Dr. Hector Rivera, our Center’s Assistant Director of Curriculum and Technology Development.
- Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) and Graduate Medical Education (GME) leadership to develop a framework for longitudinal competency-based benchmarks & assessments across UME and GME.
- Department of Surgery to co-develop a pilot system using mobile technology to transfer important digital information from vehicles involved in accidents directly to first-responders in advance of arriving to the scene.
- GME in developing the inaugural rigorous simulation-based competency assessment exercises for the first group of physicians entering the new internal medicine residency program at Holy Cross Hospital.
- Bascom Palmer and the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics in delivering Rapid Response Training and mock code exercises for nursing clinical providers.
- US Army Trauma Training Center in developing alternatives to live tissue for internal trauma training and integrating this with current physiologic simulators for the first truly comprehensive open surgical simulator.
- UMMSM / JMH Center for Patient Safety and UM School of Nursing in designing and implementing a week-long course for medical students and nursing students on interprofessional team training to raise awareness about patient safety and the need to reduce and prevent medical errors.
- Under the guidance of the Gordon Center, the Office of Medical Education, College of Arts & Sciences Department of Theatre Arts, and the School of Nursing and Health Studies collaborated in a unique collaboration to develop a standardized patient training program with undergraduate theater students and medical and nursing students
We are grateful to our faculty and staff and our colleagues in the Office of Medical Education under the leadership of Drs. Lanny Gardner and Alex Mechaber for their commitment to our mission of “saving lives.” We also recognize our long-time friends and colleagues, the Feldman/Stein family, Lois and Richard Werner and Joan K. Stout, RN and the Hugoton Foundation for their support for our interprofessional training programs.
Finally, we are grateful to be part of Dean Goldschmidt’s team and welcome our new University President Dr. Julio Frenk and his wife, Dr. Felicia Knaul, and their family to the University of Miami.