The University of Idaho provides dietetics students the opportunity to practice their clinical dietetic skills through simulation.
Dietetics students complete assessments and medical nutrition therapy on “SimMan” — a robotic patient that communicates back to them — while preceptors and instructors program the robot to challenge the students on specific cases.
Designed to represent a diverse range of patient scenarios, the dietetics simulation helps prepare students for real-world situations. The simulation helps serve as a bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience.
The University of Idaho is a pioneer in incorporating SimMan at an academic institution to provide experiential learning. Students advance to a real clinical environment after completing 150 hours of simulation learning with a focus on 10 diseases.