THSSC Fall 2019 Highlights: Disaster Aftermath; HIPSTER; Poverty Simulation

Disaster Aftermath Interprofessional Simulation (DAIS)

disaster simulation activityThe Disaster Aftermath Interprofessional Simulation (DAIS) was held in October 2019. UH Manoa nursing, public health, and social work students worked together in teams to respond immediately to a disaster and manage the issues that occur in the ensuing days post event. The goal for this interprofessional education (IPE) event was for students to gain an understanding of an interprofessional team approach to triaging and managing the public health issues that result from a lack of resources during a disaster aftermath.

Hawaii InterProfessional Simulation Training for Emergency Response (HIPSTER)

Using patient simulation, the setting of common hospital medical emergencies is used to train a mixed group of nurses, nursing students and medical students in the skills required to work in an optimal interprofessional team. The goal of this interprofessional education (IPE) event is focused on improving teamwork and communication skills among members of the healthcare team as they manage acute medical emergencies.

Participation in the HIPSTER scenarios allows students to value patient/family centered interprofessional care, gain an understanding of each profession’s roles and responsibilities during medical emergencies, practice interprofessional communication and gain an understanding of how to work as an interprofessional team.

Recent HIPSTER events in October and November 2019 included students from UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, UH Manoa Nursing, UH Hilo Pharmacy and The Queen’s Medical Center staff education department.

Poverty Simulation

poverty simulationIn November 2019, students from UH Manoa social work, pharmacy, nursing and medicine attended the Poverty Simulation, which provided an experience to allow students to better understand the patients that they may be caring for culturally, socially and economically. Students, faculty, and staff participants took on family member roles, and tried to figure out how to pay their bills, get money, and take care of their families. The goal of the simulation was for participants to gain a greater understanding of what it is like to live in poverty.

For more information about the Translational Health Science Simulation Center, contact Lorrie Wong, PhD, RN, CHSE-A, director at

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