In simulation training, medical students gain foundational clinical skills, from learning how to draw blood to responding to complex emergency scenarios. The 9,000-square-foot facility, located at 35 Kneeland Street, was recently renovated and includes:
- A 50-person classroom
- 12 patient exam rooms
- 3 simulation rooms with high fidelity manikins and task trainers
- 4 conference rooms
- 3 observation/monitoring rooms
- A lounge for standardized patient actors
- Offices for the staff from Educational Affairs who support the facility
Medical education is increasingly focused on case-based scenarios, small group and team-based learning, and high levels of student-faculty interaction. Another key benefit is patient safety: by learning in simulation before and during their clinical rotations, students gain skills, sensitivity, and confidence – all of great benefit to their future patients.
- Four new simulators: two adult male (SimMan 3G), one full-term newborn ("Torey"), and one adult female/childbirth simulator ("Victoria"). These simulators offer the very latest features, including automatic drug recognition and Wi-Fi portability to support training on campus and at off-site clerkship sites.
- Increased faculty and staff time for teaching, faculty training, and curriculum development (including new courses such as fourth-year "bootcamp", inter-professional education, and team training).
Once the province of specialists, ultrasound has become "the new stethoscope" in medicine, and part of standard care in a growing number of specialties. As such, it is a central component of medical training, and one of TUSM's top priorities.
- 10 portable ultrasound machines (SonoSite Edge 2). These portable, compact, and durable machines are essential in training students to use ultrasound technology for diagnosis and therapy at the patient's bedside.
- 200 ultrasound simulation training systems (SonoSim GME), providing all TUSM students with on-demand, authentic scanning experience that replicates actual ultrasound. These systems include individual ultrasound probes that connect to laptop computers, along with a comprehensive library of ultrasound imagery materials, practice simulations, and assessment tools.