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New ACA money goes to reaching new patients, expanded student training

Recently, the U of M’s Community-University Health Care Center began receiving three new federal grants to fund additional clinic services. Totaling $744,000 over two years, the grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will allow the Community-University Health Care Center at the University of Minnesota to begin providing combined substance abuse and mental health screenings for approximately 80 percent of patients over age 12 …

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The 1st Annual Simulation Science Symposium discusses the latest in simulation training and education

Today and tomorrow, the first Annual Simulation Science Symposium, sponsored by SimPORTAL/CREST, Department of Anesthesiology and the University of Minnesota Medical School, is happening at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus.

The Symposium will feature lecture sessions, discussion sessions and workshops/train the trainer sessions with Dr. David H. Wilks, Medical Director of the Simulation Training & Education for Patient Safety (STEPS) program at the Robert C. Byrd Health Science Center at West Virginia University…

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Video games…as homework?

Earlier this week, Tom Clancy, Ph.D., clinical professor and assistant dean for faculty practice, partnerships and professional development in the School of Nursing, joined KSTP’s Bill Lunn in-studio to discuss “serious gaming” – using interactive and educational video games that simulate health care scenarios and speed up training.

According to Clancy, the industry of video games created for a purpose other than entertainment – or “serious games” – is an exploding industry.

“The name serious gaming implies that they’re serious, but really what they are is a focus on training rather than the outcome being education,” Clancy told Lunn. “It’s a training program that’s designed in a gaming environment, so it brings in all the aspects of gaming, making it fun and enjoyable at the same time.”

Watch the KSTP interview, read about the research in the Star Tribune or watch this video from the U of M to learn more.

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