A Mixed Method Evaluation of Pediatric Simulation
Maria N. Kelly, University of Florida
Nicole Paradise Black, University of Florida
Erik Black, University of Florida
Meredith DiPietro, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Maureen Novak, University of Florida
ABSTRACT Medical simulation teaches technical skills without the logistical, legal and emotional concerns associated with “real” patients. The objective of this study was to mixed-method evaluate the impact of neonatal hip and lumbar puncture (LP) simulations on two key areas of medical student education: procedural knowledge and technical skill. Outcomes indicate that the use of pediatric LP and hip simulators improved medical students’ procedural knowledge, technical ability, competence, and confidence and should be considered as important learning tools in pediatric medical student education and considered in others. Academic Exchange Quarterly Winter 2010: Volume 14, Issue 4 FULL TEXT of this article is available by subscription. See your library or subscribe yourself to print (paper copy).