Populations trained: "Harvey" is used to train medical students, residents, fellows, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurses and para-professionals. Among students, it may be used effectively during each and every year of school, starting with the Introductory or Normal program for a beginning student. This is consistent with the goal of wedding basic sciences and clinical exposure throughout a student’s education. In addition, skills can only be learned and maintained with repetitive practice.
The cost-effectiveness of "Harvey" is primarily due to the fact that the simulator effectively teaches bedside skills to so many different populations and levels of learners – many hundreds each year in a typical medical center. In addition to self-learning that reduces instructor time, "Harvey" saves the time and spares the inconvenience (sometimes impossibility) of finding patients with certain bedside findings at any given time in the academic year and at any given clinical location.
Another major factor is that what you pay for "Harvey" is what it costs to run a successful program, especially if you also get UMedic. Most other sophisticated simulators require an investment in instructors, facilitators and technical staff that often exceeds the cost of the simulator. Harvey has no maintenance requirements other than cleaning the skin with rubbing alcohol and lightly powdering the skin daily with use. In the unlikely event of a malfunction or need to adjust the unit, a person with basic computer skills can get immediate technical support from the University of Miami Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education.