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Affiliate users of the STAR Center

In addition to MCW programs, the STAR Center works with several external organizations to help them meet their training needs. This involves use of the Center and simulators along with our trained standardized patients.

Recently, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) worked with our standardized patients (SPs), to create videos for training faculty. The purpose of these videos is providing physicians (mostly allergists) a communication model for working with patients who think they require testing for various allergy issues. In each case, the physician needs to explain why testing is not warranted and the treatment plan.

The scenarios were based on chronic urticaria and over-testing, food allergy and food IgE testing, and the seafood and contrast myth. The standardized patients improvised with the exact language used, covering each of the issues and concerns addressed in the scripts.

The Wisconsin Donor Network through Versiti used standardized patients to help train their Donor Coordinators.

Over two days, eight Donor Coordinators were trained on five scenarios each. This was the first formal training sessions for these coordinators. SPs were matched as husband and mother, daughters, dad, spouse and brother, and husband and daughter.

Scenarios covered included a drug overdose, a motor vehicle accident, a fall at home following dialysis, an intracerebral hemorrhage, and a gunshot wound.

Standardized patients served as patients needing ultrasounds at an event hosted by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Emergency Medicine Physicians (WACEP). These sessions were held at the Harley Davidson Museum. The standardized patients portrayed patients needing ultrasound for various anatomy variations, including for a femoral nerve block.

In addition, at the Midwest Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Bootcamp event held at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. A SP portrayed a parent of a five-year-old with Prolonged Neuromuscular Blockade who must undergo emergency surgery. The SP also played the role of a foster mom for a pre-term baby with lung disease and trouble breathing.

The standardized patients provided feedback on the communication skills of each resident for both scenarios. Much of the feedback had to do with eye contact when delivering bad news, honesty, and allowing the parent to voice their frustration uninterrupted. A key element was trying not to shift blame.

Other affiliate users of STAR Center resources include Flight for Life and the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesia, or MOCA, program. If you are interested in learning more about resources available to support your training needs, please contact starcenter@mcw.edu.

“The SPs were a fabulous group to work with! They were invested and truly engaged in our mission and were clearly committed to making it as realistic as possible so that our teams could get the most benefit. We are excited to continue our collaboration with such a dedicated group of individuals!” Bailey Heiting, Wisconsin Donor Network