Name of School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) State: Arkansas Department: UAMS Regional Programs Website: https://regionalcampuses.uams.edu/ Brief overview of the project: The overall purpose of this project is to increase the capacity of our AHEC Program to utilize simulation technology to enhance health workforce education and training across Arkansas. The goal of this project is to expand simulation-based technology and experiential training opportunities across Arkansas, reaching multiple levels of learners along the healthcare education pipeline, including health careers exploration, professional clinical skills training, and community outreach and preparedness. A new mobile simulation lab with an 18-foot (126 square foot) clinical exam room will be purchased and equipped to provide simulation training and education for learners at all levels. Additionally, an existing simulation passenger van, provided through strategic collaboration with the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) and the UAMS Centers for Simulation Education (CSE), will be enhanced and equipped to transport simulation equipment and other educational materials for statewide training and education events. The two mobile simulation units will complement each other, with the larger unit embarking on training missions to facilities with limited space capacity and the smaller unit transporting equipment to facilities with adequate training spaces. Specific measurable objectives: 1) Establish and enhance mobile simulation labs to supplement education and training programs statewide, with emphasis on addressing the needs of rural or medically underserved areas; 2) Increase simulation-based health careers exposure and immersion programs to elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students in rural and underserved areas of Arkansas; 3) Increase simulation-based clinical skills training and assessment for professional-level learners, including AHEC Scho
lars and other AHEC trainees (e.g., medical, pharmacy, PA, nursing, paraprofessionals), medical residents, and rural providers and faculty; and 4) Increase community-based experiential training, health promotion and intervention, and emergency preparedness efforts for the public in rural and medically underserved areas. How the proposed project will be accomplished: Both mobile simulation units will be equipped with high-fidelity simulation manikins, as well as standard exam room equipment. A 1.0 FTE coordinator and 2.0 FTE simulation technicians will be hired to design and provide simulation-based technology and experiential training to all levels of learners. A statewide calendar will be developed and maintained by the central coordinator. The units will be made available to our AHEC/RP recruitment specialists, education coordinators, and educational institutions, hospitals, clinics, non-profits and other community groups for student or community trainings, educational outreach, provider skills trainings, and COVID efforts, as needed. The use of mobile simulation labs will strengthen the capacity for experiential training using innovative simulation technology in community based AHECs, hospitals, clinics, schools, and community centers that lack the space and resources needed to currently provide such training within their respective institutions. Additionally, the mobility of the units will allow for transport of UAMS health professions students, including AHEC Scholars, and faculty to engage in service-learning projects, assist in educating targeted populations, and in community training and health delivery as needed. This will enable the project team to provide longitudinal, community-based clinical experiences for multi-disciplinary trainees and providers in rural and medically underserved communities. By using curriculum specific to rural care, the new mobile simulation units are more likely to yield graduates ready to practice in community-based care teams.