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Training Operations traditionally offered courses such as Point of Care Ultrasound, Fundamental Critical Care Support via face-to-face and asynchronous modalities. Learners would physically attend training conducted at the National Simulation Center located in Orlando, Florida. Training Operations has developed two training programs as alternatives for traditional training methods to provide learners more options to take courses and reduce the amount of time away from Veteran care:
SimLEARN Innovation Center for Education (SLICE)
SimLEARN creates training curriculum, then trains VHA staff to become instructors of that program at their facilities. These Local SimLEARN-trained instructors facilitate courses and coordinate with the National Simulation Center, ensuring continuity of curricula across the entire VHA workforce. SLICE allows greater flexibility in providing localized training across the nation. Through this training model, travel is eliminated for local employees and minimal for nearby sites reducing training cost and the amount of time providers are absent from Veteran care.
SimLEARN Virtual Academy (SVA)
SVA leverages innovation and technology to advance simulation education through synchronous and asynchronous modalities. Synchronous methods are conducted via virtual live instruction on various platforms such as SimIQ, MS Teams, Webex and Zoom to meet the needs or capabilities of each facility. Asynchronous training will include pre-learning for synchronous events, persistent learning environments for recurring asynchronous courses and just-in-time training solutions. SVA reduces training costs, minimize logistic requirements and reduces the time clinical staff are away from Veteran care through the elimination of travel.
Please visit SimLEARN Virtual Academy (va.gov) for more information, only VA employees will be able to access the SVA site at this time.
For additional information about any of our courses, please contact the support team at: VHASimLEARNNSCSupport@va.gov