WHA Foundation Announces Scholarships for Hospital Team Simulation Training

January 27, 2017

High fidelity clinical simulation provides an environment for a health care team to experience infrequently encountered clinical scenarios, as well as practice and improve team communication. Across Wisconsin, high-fidelity simulation labs are available to hospitals; however, cost, scheduling and other logistical issues can be a barrier to participation for some. 

In 2016, the WHA Foundation provided scholarships to 20 Wisconsin hospitals, allowing them to participate in simulation training for high-risk delivery scenarios in their OB teams. The feedback from these simulation training experiences were overwhelmingly positive, leading the WHA Foundation Board to decide to extend this scholarship program into 2017. 

The WHA Foundation has granted funding to provide another round of scholarships for interdisciplinary teams to participate in clinical simulation training. The one change to the program for 2017 is the training scenarios must be related to either sepsis/septic shock or pediatric trauma. 

Five simulation labs across the state have partnered with the WHA Foundation to offer hospital teams hands-on simulation experiences. This is an excellent opportunity for hospitals who might have limited access to high fidelity simulation. The training will include up to eight hours of clinical simulation exercise, staff to assist the hospital team in the identification and development of an appropriate scenario, debriefing after simulation completion and materials for the hospital to take back to their facility to share with colleagues. The actual training must take place between March 1 and November 15, 2017. 

For complete information on scholarship eligibility and criteria, the list of participating simulation training labs or to access the 2017 Clinical Simulation Training scholarship application, visit the WHA Foundation webpage.

The submission deadline is 5:00 pm CST on February 10, with notification by February 17. A maximum of 20 scholarships will be awarded, so hospitals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Direct any questions to Jennifer Frank at jfrank@wha.org

This story originally appeared in the January 27, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter