Recently, LiquidGoldConcept co-founder and CEO Anna Sadovnikova, IBCLC, MPH, MA who is an MD/PhD candidate at the University of California-Davis, had a chance to update business influencers Mike Shaeffer and Shelby Betts of Patrick Accounting for their weekly One Step Better podcast. Anna discussed LiquidGoldConcept’s vision for the next year as well as the unique opportunity her team had to provide an essential healthcare service during the pandemic.

“Our long-term goal is to create a virtual lactation training program that is available for healthcare professionals and parents globally, “ said Sadovnikova.  “We are very focused on understanding the needs of customers and learners internationally so that our simulation curriculum and our standardized patient actors are relatable across cultures. We are excited to be solving a global need by creating the gold-standard training program in clinical lactation that can be delivered virtually.”

She said the need for the company’s one-of-a-kind lactation and breast health training simulators and telesimulation programs was magnified by the recent pandemic. 

“Faculty at Michigan State University who direct a Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine Elective reached out to the medical and lactation communities I’m involved in to identify a way to give medical students clinical experiences with breastfeeding mothers and infants,” she said. “Within three weeks, we trained a dozen standardized patient actors across the country in three telesimulation case scenarios and shipped a Lactation Simulation Models to each actor in a skin tone that matched their own. Medical students in the MSU elective were able to practice providing lactation support to patients using our cutting-edge telesimulation program. The dramatic improvement in their clinical competence in basic and advanced breastfeeding skills was recently summarized in a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Breastfeeding Medicine… dramatically improved.”

Sadovnikova said she believes that live telesimulation-based learning using high-fidelity lactation simulators and standardized patients is the solution to the lack of timely and skilled support for parents globally. She said telesimulation training also makes sense in a post-pandemic world where the healthcare professional will have to learn to deliver high-quality patient care in a telehealth setting without meeting mothers and their infants in the clinic.

Telesimulation-based training is a virtual environment, so students are learning how to work effectively within that telehealth framework. We currently have medical students, physicians, lactation consultants, and nurses from across the globe who are doing this program and learning how to provide the best possible care with just their words. That is a really tough skill to learn, but once you can help a patient in a telehealth setting, you bet that you can do it in person as well.”

Listen to Anna’s full interview with Mike and Shelby.