LLU opens new medical simulation center
Kent Denmark, MD (left), medical simulation center director, helps a guest at the open house try the IV simulation station.
On February 14, Loma Linda University held an open house for the new Medical Simulation Center (MSC) in Risley Hall. The center offers medical simulations to help evaluate students, residents, and faculty on medical knowledge, procedural skills, professionalism, communication, practice-based learning, and systems-based practice.
Kent Denmark, MD, from the division of pediatric emergency medicine is the director and driving force for getting the center up and running. The project began in October 2005 with renovations to Risley Hall.
“We want to express our gratitude for Dr. Denmark’s tenacity and leadership,” says Roger Hadley, MD, dean of the School of Medicine. “This is cutting edge medical training and we thank Dr. Denmark for putting this together for both my medical students and Dr. Giang’s residents.”
Daniel Giang, MD, vice president for medical administration at Loma Linda University Medical Center, was equally excited about the center’s opening.
“This was put together in six months,” comments Dr. Giang. “It is an incredibly nice training facility to be put together in such a short time.”
Dr. Denmark anticipates many University programs using the center within a few months time. Currently medical students and residents are the main users, but the opportunity for training faculty and Medical Center employees is in the future. Dr. Denmark notes that there are several simulators available including the high
Steve Dizaiy, the medical simulation center coordinator, monitors a simulation scenario, controlling all of the vital signs students read from the simulation suite.
-fidelity SimMan, the high-fidelity SimBaby, the medium-fidelity MegaCode Kid, low-fidelity Trauma Man, and a low-fidelity OB talk trainer, all from Laerdal Medical . The center is also equipped with a Harvey simulator for physical diagnosis of cardiac conditions and four IV simulators (three adult and one infant).
The center offers a fully recordable training experience through audio and video equipment. A debriefing room with a large screen allows students to watch scenarios they are not a part of and, thanks to the recording capability, faculty members a chance to playback the scenario and critique the many aspects of delivering medical care with the involved students after the training session is over.
Steve Dizaiy, the medical simulation center coordinator, can set up any number of scenarios, ranging from the pre-hospital setting to the emergency department, the operating room, and the intensive care unit. Among the procedures that can be simulated for students are intubation, surgical airway placement, needle thoracostomy, chest tube placement, peripheral IV placement, and foley catheter placement.
The center was available for scheduling March 1, through the Blackboard portal. For questions please contact Mr. Dizaiy at extension 87208 or e-mail him at . The center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
By Preston Clarke Smith