ND STAR receives grant from North Dakota Department of Health for EMS training

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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The North Dakota Simulation, Teaching and Research Center for Healthcare Education (ND STAR) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences has received a $100,000 grant from the North Dakota Department of Health to support Simulation in Motion–North Dakota (SIM-ND) in providing emergency medical services (EMS) training. SIM-ND is a statewide, mobile education system using high-fidelity human patient simulators to train pre-hospital and hospital personnel.

The grant was designed to enhance the training of EMS programs and will allow SIM-ND to provide free training to any EMS unit in the state. SIM-ND will award continuing education credits to the learners based on Department of Health approved scenarios and the content in the simulation. The trainings will take place from December 2015 to June 2016. The grant will cover travel and equipment expenses for the necessary staff to accomplish the project. The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences will supply an in-kind contribution of staff salaries to help manage the project.

The SIM-ND program was started in August 2012 through a $4.98 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to ND STAR to bring mobile simulation education to rural North Dakota. The initial grant covered the start-up costs of trucks, simulator equipment and other necessary medical supplies.