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Penn State York and WellSpan Partner for New Program

12/2/2011 —

Penn State York and WellSpan teamed up to offer a unique program, a master of education in teaching and curriculum with a specialization in medical simulations. The new program will help better prepare medical, nursing, and allied health professionals to direct medical simulation centers. WellSpan health is an integrated health system serving south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The new program begins in spring 2012.

“We have not seen a program like this anywhere else,” said Dennis Baughman, coordinator of the master of education in Teaching and Curriculum at Penn State York. “We are excited to be able to offer this multidisciplinary program.”

WellSpan contacted Baughman a year ago about developing a teaching and curriculum program for their employees, especially those who will participate in the simulation center at York Hospital. The number of medical simulation centers is expected to increase in the near future and with that will come an increased demand for directors for those centers. This new program will help train individuals to fill those jobs.

In addition to WellSpan, the Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Services is also participating in the program.

The program consists of 10 three-credit courses, which focus on the latest educational research and development of teaching skills. Topics include data analysis, standards-based instruction, curriculum development, educational assessment, the learning-engaged community, and the use of high, intermediate, and low fidelity medical simulation technology and devices.

All students will complete a clinical simulation project which involves creating simulation curriculums and experiences. Faculty members will include practitioners with medical simulation experience and researchers.

For more information about the program, contact Baughman at (717) 771-8413 or e-mail him at dpb3@psu.edu.

Penn State York has been offering a master of education in Teaching and Curriculum for educators since 1994. The program in York is offered in partnership with Penn State Harrisburg.

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