The purpose of the Wasson Center is to transform the education of health care and human service professionals through interprofessional and individual teaching and assessment utilizing Standardized Patients and simulation to produce a competent, communicative, caring workforce of strong ethical character devoted to the health and health care needs of our Northeast Ohio communities and beyond.
To be the premier community-based interprofessional health sciences university in the United States.
The Wasson Center was built in 1997 on the campus of Northeast Ohio Medical University as a way to standardize training and testing students from the College of Medicine who were pursuing an M.D. degree. One of the first in the United States, the facility has been used by practitioners and students from around the nation for local and national testing and was used as a model for many facilities that were later built around the United States and beyond.
The facility is also now used for training with other degree disciplines such as the College of Pharmacy, and is used for training of many external partners in the areas of advance practice nursing, physician assistants, resident physicians, mental health and crisis intervention training.
Interprofessional Education Services (IPES) was aligned with the Wasson Center and established in 2015. The charter 5 year strategic plan was accepted in January 2016.
- Over 25 years of experience in simulation methods for education, training and research.
- Assessment of over 6,000 learners annually.
- Dedicated space with full time staff support for design and administration of assessment or research.
- Dedicated and ample space for video capture for research purposes (16 individual patient counseling rooms).
- Expertise in assessing interpersonal and communication skills- verbal and non-verbal.
- Expertise in developing assessment tools for students, residents (ACGME Competencies), and practitioners.
- Web-based system allows remote access to faculty or clients.
- Simulation resources include pool of over 400 standardized patients, high fidelity mannequin based simulation; task trainers for skills development.