An interview with Jessica Dietz and Kimber Catullo, Clinical Educators with IngMar Medical
Q: IngMar has recently released new Clinical Exam Prep Curriculum Modules for its RespiSim System. What is unique about these Curriculum Modules and why is this an important development for the profession?
A: These modules are geared toward the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Clinical Simulation Examination taken by all respiratory therapists in order to join the registry. The modules are a good preparation because they focus on the clinical assessment and critical thinking skills tested in the exam. Using hands-on simulation with a real ventilator is a unique approach to exam prep. As far as we know, this has never been done before. The goal of simulation training is to produce better clinicians – by cementing knowledge firmly into place with hands-on experience. This helps develop the “muscle memory” that is so important to successful patient care. These modules take the student to a level that goes well beyond just passing the test.
Q: How realistic is this curriculum in terms of simulating clinical reality and real-life patient scenarios?
A: It is a very realistic approach because it’s immersive and even includes a functioning manikin. Using equipment that improves realism allows students to learn how to think on their feet – to adapt to rapidly-changing scenarios involving patient/ventilator interaction, especially when the patient is spontaneously breathing.
Q: Why do the module cases consist of COPD, cardio-pulmonary, and trauma? Are these the most common patient states found in hospitals?
A: Not necessarily. It really has more to do with the fact that these cases are what is tested on the exam. Going forward, we will add more cases to the modules if customers need and request them.
Q: Can the modules be used for purposes other than preparing for the exam?
A: Yes, they can. The advanced modules help prepare you for actual patient care. They can definitely be used in the classroom, prior to the exam prep. They are unique in that they are educating students on the content behind the exam, helping to develop critical thinking skills.
Q: Do you believe that going through immersive, hands-on training such as this, ultimately results in better patient care?
A: Yes, because it tests you and prepares you for how to approach a patient scenario, using your critical thinking and bedside assessment skills. Students can be “book-smart,” but yet not competent at the bedside. This more realistic, immersive, hands-on format absolutely helps to produce better Respiratory Therapists in the end.