|T. Kent Denmark M.D. graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1994. After completing a pediatric residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship, he joined the faculty at Loma Linda in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He began running medical simulations with the pediatric emergency medicine fellows and pediatric residents shortly thereafter. The initial scenarios consisted of standing around an empty gurney and using a lot of imagination. With the acquisition of Loma Linda’s first medium fidelity simulator, simulation became a tangible reality within the Emergency Department. After acquiring two high-fidelity simulators thanks to generous community donations, Dr Denmark was tasked with developing a campus-wide simulation center at Loma Linda where he now serves as Medical Director.
|The Medical Simulation Center (MSC) currently serves students in Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Allied Health, as well as practitioners from the Medical Center across disciplines and throughout the continuum of care. After four years using a converted computer lab in Risley Hall, the MSC moved into a new 8000 square foot facility in Centennial Complex in January 2010 designed with physically contiguous simulated care areas to reproduce the continuum of healthcare. There, the group continues to integrate learners from all health-care disciplines and to develop and facilitate inter-professional teamwork before learners enter the clinical environment. The group has partnered with Graduate Medical Education and Patient Safety and Reliability to use simulation for teaching teamwork and communication skills as well as creating remediation opportunities for healthcare workers after sentinel events. Recently, the MSC participated in validation of the new electronic medical record program prior to it’s deployment within the University Medical Center.
Dr Denmark is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics and Basic Science, is an Associate Editor for MedEdPORTAL, is the former Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director, is on the editorial board of Pediatric Emergency Practice, is a reviewer for Respiration, the AAMC Research in Medical Education (RIME) conference, and the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, has provided expert childhood drowning testimony for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has moderated multiple regional and national simulation skills labs, is the American Academy of Pediatrics Emergency Medicine representative to the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties, has served on the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Directors subcommittee on simulation, and was the recipient of the Loma Linda University Graduate Medical Education Educators award in 2007.
Abstract for Keynote lecture
Non-intuitive applications of simulation in Patient Safety and Human Factors
The utilization of simulation for task training and instruction in teamwork and communication has been well established in the literature. At Loma Linda University Medical Center, simulation has also been utilized for evaluation of logistics and workflow, corrective action following Root Cause Analysis for sentinel events, and for in situ evaluation of human factors. Dr Denmark will share the emergency medicine experience with these less intuitive applications of simulation technology.
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