Simulated Participants have been trained to portray a patient in a simulation experience. This is to enrich the communication and realism for the healthcare provider in the learning experience.
Healthcare Theater is a 3 credit course at University of Delaware. Utilizing the theater department to train students to portray patients in our inter-professional simulation lab.
The Healthcare Theatre program, a unique approach to standardized patients, is a partner- ship between the College of Health Sciences and College of Arts and Science at the University of Dela- ware. This program now offers a permanent, cross-credited course that includes a repertoire of experiential and discovery learning strategies.
Amy Cowperthwait, MSN, RN BC-ACNSa,*, Jennifer Saylor, PhD, RN, ACNS-BCb, Kathleen Schell, PhD, RNc
Interprofessional collaboration not only improves our ability to offer high-quality patient care, but also offers unique, cost-effective opportunities to teach the next generation of health care pro- viders to do the same. In 2011, the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) restructured the traditional model of health care delivery to improve safety, quality, and accessibility to care in a patient-centered climate
Amy Cowperthwait, MSN, RN, ACNS-BCa,*, Jennifer Saylor, PhD, RN, ACNS-BCb,
Allan Carlsenc, Laura A. Schmitt, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATCd, Tabassum Salam, MD, FACPe,
Melissa K. Melby, PhDf, Sandra D. Baker, EdD, RD, LDNg
Amy Cowperthwait, MSN, CNS, is Co-Director of Healthcare Theatre, Simulation Faculty in the College of Health Science at the University of Delaware. Amy Bucha, MS, is a mechanical engineer and serves as the liaison be- tween the College of Health Sciences and Engineering at the University of Delaware, and is both a researcher and a simulation technician. Amy Cowperthwait and Amy Bucha have partnered to develop technological devices that SPs can wear to increase simulation fidelity, including a chest vest for tracheostomy care.
Mary Edel Holtschneider, MEd, MPA, BSN, RN-BC, NREMT-P, CPLP
We get this question all the time. How do you teach college students to play patients with complex diagnosis? After years of training students we have it down to a perfect science
(well we like to think so).
The first class is all about introducing them to the course. We get a feel for them they get a feel for us. It is always a fun time to see each other do improv.
Observations & Patient-Centered Feedback
This is a very intensive class since we will be going into detail on how to give feedback. This is the nuts and bolts to really make sure students can go into simulation and give effective feedback.
This is my favorite class! I love talking about all the roles our students will be performing throughout the semester.
“I came into Healthcare Theatre with the hopes of learning to empathize with my future patients as a pre-med student; my thought process was that if I could be the patient in a treatment setting, then treating them holistically with compassion would come naturally. I did not expect, the level of awareness I would develop for the little things patients are affected by. I am preparing myself to be the best physician for my future patients possible.”
-Ari August Pre Med Student : Junior at University of Delaware
“I took the Healthcare Theater class offered at the University of Delaware during the same time I was working as a Patient Care Technician on a surgical unit. There are many situations that can feel awkward as a young student with minimal psychiatric training. I benefited from experiencing emotions from a patient’s perspective immediately. It translated directly into my work and the clinical setting as a nursing student, helping me to understand how to best respond in these difficult situations.”
-Sammy Benjamin : Nursing Student : Senior at University of Delaware
"I took Healthcare Theater class because I wanted to take a fun acting class. Once I did my first simulation I was hooked. I ended up turning simulation into a career and teaching others how to work with Simulated Participants."
-Megan Weldon Simulated Participant Educator