Ever wonder how medical students learn to practice procedures such as intubation or suturing? In the not so distant past, students used cadavers exclusively to learn how to open a patient’s blocked airway, for example, or stitch up an open wound.
While cadavers are still used in medical schools for studying gross anatomy, today’s medical schools are relying more and more on the use of simulation technology for teaching and assessment of basic skills in a risk-free environment, such as may be found in The Ohio State University’s Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center.
Open since 2004, OSU’s Clinical Skills Center has helped not only medical students learn through hands-on, simulated experience, but many other trainees, including those preparing for careers in the allied medical professions, fellows, and faculty, and has opened its doors to high school students interested in medical careers and visitors simply interested in learning about OSU’s educational and training facilities.
The Center has proven to be so effective in preparing competent, professional healthcare providers that it can barely keep up with requests for instructional time. To accommodate the growing need for space, an expansion, which began in May of 2010, will add 18,000 square feet -- a full floor -- atop the Prior Health Sciences Library building, where it is currently housed. The new space will provide flexible learning spaces and greater multidisciplinary interaction opportunities for training purposes. The existing space, which is located in the basement of Prior and which has recently been named the Ann Crowe Essig Patient Simulation Learning Laboratory, will remain in use.
The expansion will include the following features:
• Four virtual critical care and surgery units with observation and control stations
• An ultrasound room
• A surgery laboratory
• Five tech labs/debriefing rooms
• A 70-seat seminar room
• A greatly expanded procedures laboratory for skills practice