Since it opened five years ago, the Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation & Team Training has provided over 16,000 training encounters for Tulane medical students, residents and fellows in the areas of basic and advanced medical procedures. Medical director Dr. James R. Korndorffer Jr. notes that "the Sim Center has become an intergral part of education at Tulane, from medical students to practicing physicians."
|Dr. Jim Korndorffer, left, medical director of the center, instructs surgery residents in the Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training in the School of Medicine.
The Sim Center features robotic patient simulators realistically modeled on people and programmed to mimic symptoms and behaviors students will encounter in hospitals when they advance to clinical training. Using the simulators, students learn basic procedures including administering injections, inserting IVs, helping an expectant mother give birth, assessing trauma victims and more.
The center is designed and equipped like a hospital, providing realistic training environments including an emergency room, intensive care unit, a labor and delivery room, operating room, four hospital patient rooms, four clinic examination rooms and a nurses station. There is also the John Winton Deming, MD Suite for Excellence in Medical Procedures Training that includes over 1,000 square feet of surgical specialty simulators.
Interns and medical residents can practice advanced skills in surgery, anesthesia, pediatrics, obstetrics, neurology, internal medicine and many specific procedural skills. Key to the experience for all is honing team skills to ensure success and maximize patient safety.
Emergency medical technicians, nurses and other professionals requiring medical certifications regularly train at the center. Tulane students frequently host tours for high school students, providing young people with an exciting introduction to potential future careers as doctors or nurses.
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