By William F. Sallette
Tripler Public Affairs
Technological advancements have improved health care for years and the military’s simulation (SIM) centers have strived to be at the forefront of that advancement.
That is why Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) recently received an upgrade to its SIM center by moving into a new facility. The move quadrupled the workable space for the SIMcenter and provided the opportunity to train more staff members. It even allowed the center to obtain new equipment they did not have the space for prior to the move.
“We are very excited about the new space,” said Phil Benson, TAMC Medical Simulation Specialist. “The center is now capable of hosting multiple groups at once, which would never have been possible in the old space.”
The goal of the SIM center is to support continuing medical education and graduate medical education (CME/GME), as well as nursing and operational medic simulation training at TAMC. The center provides all staff members the opportunity to train and hone their skills in order to improve patient safety, practitioner efficiency and competency in the clinic, hospital and operational environment.
“It’s extremely fulfilling knowing the support and training we provide to the staff has a meaningful impact on Soldiers and their families,” said Benson.
Although TAMC’s SIM center is not the first in the Army, it is the only center to support nearly 4,000 staff members who are responsible for more than 260,000 beneficiaries throughout the Pacific. TAMC staff members can improve their skills by practicing nearly any situation they may encounter including live births, epidural administration, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and laparoscopic surgery.
The TAMC SIM center has also been accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, American Society of Anesthesiologists and is one of only 50 medical facilities to receive accreditation from the American College of Surgeons.
These accreditations allow the TAMC SIM center to certify and train in multiple disciplines in the Pacific region as well as give TAMC credibility among the medical community.
The old saying goes ‘practice makes perfect,’ and that is exactly what the SIM center is trying to do.
Whether it is a resident practicing for their simulation certification or a seasoned surgeon practicing a procedure they have not performed in a while, the SIM center provides opportunities for all staff to fully prepare themselves to provide the best care to TAMC beneficiaries.