The Tandy Education Center is a 15,735 square foot facility that is equipped for simulations of various kinds. It has medical exam rooms, a home environment, classrooms, small learning environments and student lounges. More specifically, it includes 10 outpatient medical rooms and 2 inpatient rooms. Four therapeutic interview rooms, 1 home environment, 2 debriefing rooms as well as 1 distant learning room set up for cross-campus trainings and meetings. The center is able to offer simulations in a wide variety of professions, including: nursing, social work, physician assistants, and medical students. Below is a list of the different types of simulations that can be accommodated at the simulation center.
- Large and small training groups
- Clinical, administrative, community skills
- Skills based training: individuals, families, groups
- Assessment, intervention, diagnosis
- Team based and interdisciplinary
- Large scale simulations
- Specific expertise in child abuse and neglect across a wide variety of professions
Simulation Center Advisory Board
The simulation center advisory board was established in 2013. There are 38 members, and includes representatives from every college and department on the OU-Tulsa campus. The board meets quarterly to discuss the past quarter and get advice and suggestions on moving forward for the upcoming quarter.
What are Social Simulations?
Social simulations are realistic scenarios interpreted by trained actors (simulated patients) in order to simulate real world scenarios relevant to many different professions. These simulations are integrated into the curriculum with the goal of providing a semi-structured, safe environment in which to learn or enhance certain skills vital to your career.
The simulation center uses Learning Space Intuity, consistent across all of OU-Tulsa, it is an audiovisual debriefing and testing platform that allows for interactive explorations of simulations. All rooms within the simulation center are equipped with audiovisual equipment and are capable of live video streaming and playback. The center includes 28 cameras and 17 audio packs for Learning Space. This technology allows for video aided debriefing and a chance for students and professionals to see themselves and review their simulation experience.
Standardized Patient Program
Standardized patients (SP’s) are used in most of the simulations provided by the simulation center. SP’s are regular people who are trained to assist in simulations by “acting” as the patient. They are trained to simulate an illness, whether physical or mental, and then give feedback to the student or professional taking part in the simulation.
Currently, there are 60 simulated patients employed at the center. Last school year (July 2015 to June 2016), the SP’s attended a total of 162 hours of training.
Over 200 social work students participated in simulations this past school year, totaling 50 hours of simulations for social work students. This year (July and August 2016), there have been a total of 28 hours of simulation for social work students.
The simulation center on average provides simulations for a total of 290 students per month. Last school year (July 2015 to June 2016), the center served 362 students and 83 hours of simulation time per month on average.
To apply to be a standardized patient, please click here.
The simulation center has provided multiple trainings to community services and professionals in Tulsa, in addition to providing regular trainings to students on the OU-Tulsa campus. In collaboration with Haruv USA, trainings have been provided for Youth Services of Tulsa outreach staff, YMCA camp counselors, DVIS, and several debriefing trainings for local professionals. Below are examples of simulations that are possible to experience in the Tandy Education Center at OU-Tulsa.
Poverty Simulation – a large scale group simulation that simulates life in poverty for a month. Participants play family members and attempt to navigate social systems with the goal of making ends meet by the end of the month.
In Her Shoes – a group simulation that helps sensitize individuals to the realities of domestic violence.
Aging – several group simulations are available for aging and/or dementia, students work together at stations to experience the diverse challenges of aging.
Auditorium style - a group simulation that can travel to any large classroom-type space for students to practice skills in front of a larger group and take turns being the “therapist”.
Individual simulations include specific clinical skills such as motivational interviewing, suicide assessment, substance abuse, trauma focused treatment, and group therapy techniques. Or can focus on certain administrative skills such as personnel issues, running a board meeting, fundraising or running a focus group.
The simulation center is also set up for home visits, home assessment and safety training.
Funds are available to support simulations for non-profits and public social service agencies in the Tulsa area. Click here for the application.
Calling tree phone number: 918-660-3863
Director of Education and Simulation Operations
4502 East 41st Street, Room TAN134
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135
Director of Social Simulations
4502 East 41st Street, Room 3J12
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135
For Child Abuse and Neglect Simulations
Director of Haruv USA at OU-Tulsa –
A Schusterman Family Foundation Initiative
Anne & Henry Zarrow, School of Social Work
OU-Tulsa, Room 3J38