The MASTRI Center opened in December 2006 and was created through collaborative efforts by the departments of Surgery, Anesthesiology, OB/GYN and the US Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS). The MASTRI Center is supported by the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland, School of Medicine and provides a safe learning environment which is available to the University of Maryland Medical System, the UMB School of Medicine in addition to providing services for industry and outside hospitals.
The MASTRI Center exists to support research and to provide a safe learning environment using high fidelity simulation, skills training and standardized patient activities to develop and enhance the learner’s knowledge, skills and confidence.
Virtual Voices is an empathy-building exercise developed by Patricia Deegan, PhD, that helps students understand the challenges faced by people with psychiatric disabilities. Students can sign up for this training, which involves listening to distressing voices through headphones while completing various tasks. Tasks include a mock mental health evaluation, completing an errand in the community, and spending time as part of a group in a community treatment setting. Students gain valuable first-hand insight into the strength and resilience of those with psychiatric disabilities.
Students on the Ob/Gyn Clerkship spend a portion of their orientation day in the MASTRI Center performing birth simulation and basic Ob/Gyn simulation - such as pelvic checks, fundal height measurements, Leopold maneuvers, etc. In addition, students visit the Standardized Patient Program for pelvic exam instruction with the Genitourinary Teaching Associates (GUTAs).
In pediatric SIM, students experience five brief clinical scenarios at the MASTER Center in which they are required to assess the situation at an appropriate education level, and then debrief about management and patient evaluation. The clinical scenarios are relative to pediatric clinical encounters that are part of the required curriculum for the clerkship.