Highlight: Dr. Jennifer Jewer
Dr. Jennifer Jewer’s recent research project, Development of a mobile tele-simulation unit (MTU) prototype for training of rural and remote emergency health-care providers, aims to directly impact emergency health care provision in rural and remote areas.
With 60 per cent of Newfoundland and Labrador’s population considered rural, emergency health care presents unique logistical challenges, which is compounded by challenges accessing training.
Dr. Jewer and Dr. Michael Parsons, an emergency room physician and assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine, worked with a multi-disciplinary team to develop the prototype, which enables health-care practitioners in rural and remote settings to more easily access simulation-based medical education that’s currently only available in more urban areas. The project is funded by a RDC Ignite grant.
The unit can be transported to various locations and is designed to require minimal technical support to set up and carry out training sessions via a remote mentored live broadcast with two-way video and audio.
It has currently undergone three separate trial sessions in varying settings and appears to be an effective way to make quality simulation training on procedural skills more accessible to practitioners in rural and remote areas. Further evaluation and refinement of the design, telecommunication features and learning outcomes will help determine the full potential of the MTU to address some of the challenges to equitable health-care delivery.
Dr. Jewer’s work in health informatics includes projects related to emergency department wait times, patient flow and surge management.