Nurse Practitioners at U of T put OtoSim 2 and OphthoSim to the test
In April 2015, University of Toronto’s (U of T) Lawrence S. Bloomberg Nurse Practitioner students had the opportunity to use the OtoSim 2™ and OphthoSim™ training and simulation systems.
These systems allowed students to gain confidence in their practical otoscopy and ophthalmoscopy skills in order to excel in the clinical environment.
Students rotated between the ear and eye and explored the basic landmarks, while practicing their use of a scope with monocular vision.
The students learned to identify pathologies and gained a deeper understanding of the underlying anatomical structure of the ear and the eye.
Time was also allotted for students to do self-review on areas of their choosing. There are hundreds of images of both normal ear/eye anatomy and pathologies for students to broaden their knowledge base. The student pictured below was interested in seeing retinal detachment.
NP students were enthusiastic and used the systems as part of their preparation for their OSCEs, which took place soon after the sessions.
The OtoSim 2™ and OphthoSim™ ear and eye training systems allowed the student and teacher to see the same thing, creating 2-way feedback that simply cannot be achieved with the traditional method of teaching.
Students, facilitators and instructors alike had very positive things to say about the experience:
“I had a very good experience. The OtoSim really enhanced my ability to understand and assess the external ear and the location of the tympanic membrane.”
“Excellent resource. Enables students to visualize internal structures without causing distress to others with long views, etc. Great experience. Highly suggest to return next year.”
“Great help for visualization and technique.”
“I liked the on the spot feedback of what I was seeing with underlying anatomy.”
By Aiesha Bristol, OtoSim Inc.