What is It?
Did You Know?
- MCC IPTME published in the (NAEMSE) National Association of EMS Educators
- MCC presented IPTME at 2018 NAEMSE Symposium
- MCC Paramedic Program ranked 7th of top 50 Programs in the US
- MCC top 5 Theatre Program in the US among community colleges
The Immersive Total Patient Management Experience (ITPME) is a multi-college, cross-disciplinary educational event held annually since 2015. Initially designed to serve as a capstone assessment event prior to Paramedicine students being released for the field internship phase of their study; this event now exposes entry-level EMTs, Paramedicine, Nursing, Psychology and Theatre/Film Arts students to career advancement opportunities within their respective areas of study.
The collaborative aspect of ITPME combines the strengths and skill sets present in both normatively parallel occupational programs and those less commonly associative to create the most comprehensive student learning and workforce experience possible for students in other disciplines. In addition to providing workforce experience/training, the event encourages a larger dialogue among educators about the nature of innovative collaboration to create the most comprehensive student learning-experience possible. Watch a video here.
How Does It Work?
The Virtual incident Command Center (VICC) immerses the students in a “response mode” with realistic sights and sounds of an emergency response. Upon arrival at the simulated scene students are led to a predetermined area by their Faculty Evaluator and continue to coordinate and communicate activities with dispatch center within the VICC.
EMS Students conduct patient interviews, interact with family and bystanders and perform assessments, establish a treatment plan and make definitive transport decisions. Once stabilized, the patients are placed on EMS gurneys and secured in the back of an actual operational ambulance unit to simulate the physicality and rigors of working in the confines of an ambulance. The Paramedicine students are required to establish communication with medical control and perform either a patch or a courtesy notification directly to a physician or nurse intermediary while enroute to the simulated hospital.
The patient is transported to a simulated emergency room where Nursing students receive report from the Paramedicine students and take over the care of the patient with oversight from a volunteer Attending ER Physician. Nursing students are evaluated and coached by Nursing Faculty while Paramedicine students proceed to the debriefing room to review digitally recorded footage of the event and receive Faculty feedback on their on their performance. The EMS crews complete their patient care forms and restock/rehab their EMS equipment. Following the formal debriefing, the students return to an "available status" and prepare for the next emergency response.