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Health Professions Education Conference features 'Headspace Theater,' serious gaming, PDAs
Date:5/21/2009

Improving patient care with PDA-using nursing students in clinical placements, using simulation to teach police about mental illness, enlisting video games to improve analytical and psychomotor skills, and piloting new simulation techniques for myth-busting in advanced pain management courses are some of the exciting topics for discussion and collaboration at the first international Health Professions Education (HPE) Conference May 21 23, 2009.

Hosted by the Centre for Nursing Education Research (CNER), at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, the HPE Conference -- Global Best Practices in Simulation has attracted world-class leaders in simulation, virtual simulation and technology-based learning from a broad spectrum of health professional education and training disciplines. Researchers will present findings on the far-reaching impact of innovations in education for preparing health-care providers in today's fast-past, demanding and ever-changing health-care environment.

"This is the first time leaders in health education and training from around the worldand from a variety of disciplineshave come together to share their findings," says Dr. Adam Dubrowski, director, CNER and conference chair. "We hope to take initial steps towards the development of global best practices in simulation-based education and training."

Bloomberg Nursing will feature researchers such as:

  • Maureen Barry, Mary Ann Feegan and Shawna Rooke PDA Use Pilot Study for Nursing Students in Clinical Placements
  • Geraldine MacDonald and Betty Burcher Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management Simulation
  • Michael McGillion Myth-busting in Complex Cardiac Pain Management Courses through New Simulation Techniques

Other experts at the conference include:

  • Bruce Ballon "Headspace Theatre," Developed to Enhance Empathy and Healthy Attitudes towards Mental Health
  • Robert Fraser Social Media as
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Contact: Lucianna Ciccocioppo
lucianna.ciccocioppo@utoronto.ca
416-946-3657
University of Toronto
Source:Eurekalert

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