Sanford-Brown, a leading provider of healthcare education, today introduced the Simpro Virtual Trainer™ to 16 campuses across the United States. These campuses offer imaging programs in cardiovascular sonography and diagnostic medical sonography. Sanford-Brown partnered with New Zealand-based SIMTICS, a leader in virtual simulation technology for healthcare education, and co-developed this product to improve learning outcomes and help students confidently meet the high standards of the healthcare industry. The Simpro Virtual Trainer is intended to enhance and complement existing, proven training methods inside the classroom and at clinical sites. It will provide a convenient and effective way for students to gain experience with key clinical procedures at any time. Sanford-Brown Institutes and Colleges will use the virtual training system in 22 courses in 2010. An online video is available at www.sanfordbrown.edu. The Simpro Virtual Trainer breaks down each clinical procedure into its component steps, requiring students to make decisions about what to do next, which instrument to use and where to apply it. This new learning tool will make procedures more accessible, helping students gain and retain critical information without being solely dependent on patient cases during their clinical experience. Because the Simpro Virtual Trainer has been designed to support Sanford-Brown’s specific curriculum, it will reinforce what students are learning in class, in text books and from instructors. “The healthcare industry, and more specifically, allied health, is constantly evolving and it is incumbent upon us to reflect those developments in our curriculum,” said George Grayeb, senior vice president, Health Education Strategic Business Unit of Career Education Corporation, parent company of Sanford-Brown schools. “The Simpro Virtual Trainer will better meet the needs of our students by catering to multiple learning styles – auditory, visual, and tactile – in a highly interactive manner. We believe we’re providing the most advanced technology available for our imaging students.”
The Simpro Virtual Trainer combines four types of media to engage students and maintain interest. This flexibility provides an individualized learning pathway and allows students to navigate between different media, according to the particular steps in a specific procedure.