Six students and three faculty from the Department of Athletic Training at Mount St. Joseph University kicked off their spring break with a visit to Chicago, Ill. from March 8 – 11th. The students assisted the faculty in presenting at the 49th Annual Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting.
Program Director and Department Chair Dr. BC Charles-Liscombe directed a pre-conference session entitled, “Low cost approaches to moulage, standardized patients, and high fidelity simulation: a hands-on workshop." Moulage is a technique of applying special effects make-up and other appliances to add realism to healthcare scenarios and simulations. Dr. Charles-Liscombe with the assistance of two faculty collaborators, Erin Lewis, AT club advisor, and Nicole Harshbarger, instructed participants in the application of realistic looking lacerations, infections, bruising, and indicators of systemic disease and trauma. Third-year AT students Jessica Baker, Isaac Cosculluela, AJ Glines, Elizabeth Hipple, Madison Perry, and Emily Townsend served as models and co-presenters.
“The Department of Athletic Training utilizes moulage and other special effects techniques in our clinical education and simulation activities to engage students in the learning process. During the workshop sudents shared their experiences of increased confidence, ability to receive feedback without fear of harming a patient, and improved communication skills as a result of simulation experiences,” said Dr. Charles-Liscombe. “We use these techniques for classroom learning and testing purposes to expose students to situations that they may or may not see on a regular basis, but have to be prepared to respond.”
Harshbarger noted, ”Utilizing moulage techniques and simulation, you are really able to see the students applying the knowledge they learned in class to a 'live' situation in a safe environment. Being able to perform skills and techniques, that for some injuries a clinician may not allow a novice student to perform due to lack of experience, gives students confidence to be able to perform without hesitation if that situation arises."
In addition to the conference workshop, students were able to participate in student and professional sessions directed at leadership development, new developments in healthcare reform and reimbursement, advances in concussion, cartilage injury and heat illness management among other topics.
The Department of AT and the AT Club through fundraising and Student Government Association support sponsored the trip for the faculty and students.