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HOW AIR METHODS IS INNOVATING AIR MEDICAL EDUCATION WITH GAMES

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In 2021, we redesigned our clinical education approach to embrace emerging technology and advanced educational concepts. As part of this initiative, our clinical education team has moved away from pass/fail competency validation in favor of a team-based and employee-first approach. To maximize learning, training events are now designed around improving patient outcomes by focusing on problem-solving and communication while caring for simulated patients using a combination of high-fidelity human patient simulators and gaming activities.

In the recent issue of AirMed & Rescue Magazine, William Belk, Clinical Education Manger, and Jennifer Noce, Critical Care Flight Paramedic and Division Education Manager at Air Methods, speak up about how the days of listening to lectures while watching static PowerPoint slides are ending at Air Methods.

Emergency and critical care medicine require a mindful yet urgent approach to our patients and clinical thought process. Bringing education that engages the mind and body together stimulates memory, communication, and sensory integration.

By integrating emerging and existing concepts to activate sensory input, they are combining unique pieces of past experiences, existing knowledge, and insights to elevate the established framework.

Here are some highlights:

“Promoting the educational learning environment from an active process is vital; however, promoting it with educators as leaders who believe in the ‘why’, and developing fundamentals with support for growth, has resonated with our clinicians and brightened the culture of education and clinical quality.”

“Developing content, devising methods of engagement, and using constructivism are highlights of driving quality education. Perhaps more important is fostering a positive culture that is either established or needs to be built to facilitate learning.”

“As we continue into the adventure of optimizing clinical education, technology has allowed us to incorporate concepts to engage clinicians with the want to learn. By employing high-fidelity simulation, constructivism, and serious gaming, the learning avenues are now endless.”

Read the full article here.