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ERIC Number: EJ1139704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1936-346X
The Use of Simulation and Cases to Teach Real World Decision Making: Applied Example for Health Care Management Graduate Programs
Eisenhardt, Alyson; Ninassi, Susanne Bruno
Journal of Learning in Higher Education, v12 n1 p71-75 Spr 2016
Many pedagogy experts suggest the use of real world scenarios and simulations as a means of teaching students to apply decision analysis concepts to their field of study. These methods allow students an opportunity to synthesize knowledge, skills, and abilities by presenting a field-based dilemma. The use of real world scenarios and simulations has also proven to be an effective method for training healthcare professionals not only in the classroom, but also in the workplace (Galloway, 2009). The article examines the use of real world scenarios and simulations in graduate learning to enhance students' decision-making and leadership skills. The article will present two case examples involving the use of a real world scenario and a simulation to facilitate higher learning at the graduate level for healthcare management students. In the first case example, students in a graduate healthcare management course, Healthcare Operations Management, participated in a simulation presented by the quality team of a local hospital system. Students were asked to evaluate a given scenario and make decisions about how to best improve patient flow and efficiency, while ensuring healthcare quality and safety. In the second case example, graduate students in Strategic Planning and Marketing in Healthcare, participated in consulting projects involving two different real world clients: a national non-for-profit healthcare service organization and a local non-for-profit healthcare clinic. The students in this class conducted research, analyzed data, and ultimately developed marketing and strategy recommendations that may be implemented by the clients.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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