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Health Sciences Simulation Center at Universidade Anhembi Morumbi wins the Santander Universities Award


Health Sciences Simulation Center at Universidade Anhembi Morumbi wins the Santander Universities Award

In December 2010, Universidade Anhembi Morumbi was recognized for making extensive investments to improve the quality of education and training of students. The Health Sciences Simulation Centre won the Award in the category Santander Universities Student Guide - Highlights of the Year

This year, the Santander Universities Award received approximately 5,000 entries from more than 500 higher education institutions. In the Highlights of the Year category, four university projects received awards for finding innovative ways to partner with the private sector, to combat student attrition, to support faculty development and teacher training and for investment infrastructure. Finalists and winners were chosen by a committee of notable journalists, including the editorial leadership of Grupo April. "The Health Sciences Simulation Center was the result of an investment of R $ 10 million and is today a reference in Latin America. The award reinforces Anhembi Morumbi position in Brazil and shows our commitment to bring cutting edge technology and international best practice in health education," according to Vice Rector and CEO of Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, Ricardo Grau.

Occupying 1,600 square meters of building area, the Health Sciences Simulation Center now includes 12 offices with observation rooms with cameras and videos, four advanced rooms and a hospital with ten beds with mannequins and high-tech robots that simulate the reactions of the human body. "The award also represents society's recognition of the pedagogical approach of the School of Health Sciences, which, from initiatives like the Health Science Simulation Center, prioritizes the development of multidisciplinary students with an emphasis on preventive, outpatient and community care" says the director of the School of Health Sciences at the Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, Sergio Timerman.

Innovation in health education

The center is part of the active learning model adopted by Anhembi Morumbi, the first private institution of higher education to include simulation methodology, beginning in the first semester of a student's academic program. This approach is used by all courses at the School of Health Sciences, enabling integrated learning among all the different specializations.

At the Center, students can, simulate the entire hospital routine, with beds and monitors that track the condition of the patient. The attitude and performance of students in patient management and facing a critical situation are observed by teachers watching through one way glass from a separate room. Student performance can be recorded for later group discussion.

Anhembi Morumbi was the first to import the SimMan 3G wireless dummies. The equipment, consisting of hardware and software, is a computerized mannequin programmed to simulate various human reactions, among them, crying, convulsions, sweating, and alteration of pupils. These features allow students to manipulate a patient robot, without running the risk of making a medical error, until they reach perfection in the procedures.

Another teaching tool that Anhembi introduced, which was unprecedented in Brazil, is bodypainting. This consists of the temporary painting different systems or organs on the body of live models, along with a visual projection system that allows students to visualize human anatomy according in proportion. This approach, which has been used in the UK by the Peninsula Medical School since 2002, is now used by all the different programs in the School of Health Sciences at Anhembi Morumbi.