(Philadelphia, PA) – The University
of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has a new “model”
patient — actually, two. A pair of interactive mannequins,
controlled by computer and instructor, will assist with the advanced
training of medical students this fall semester.
“Students can now get into levels of learning that go beyond
memorization,” explained Andrew Kofke, MD, MBA, FCCM,
Director of the Measey Simulation Suite at Penn. “It allows
one to synthesize all the data and apply it in a clinical challenge.”
The Measey Simulation Suite features two adjoining suites each
with its own multifunction patient simulator. Each simulated patient
is connected to a computer that recreates various patient care scenarios,
mostly emergency and intensive care scenarios, which the students
will then manage through several different responses. These scenarios
include difficult airway, shock, and heart attack. Each simulator
is equipped with an instructor-controlled microphone that supplies
the voice of a complaining patient. The mannequin’s life-like
characteristics do not stop there. Each can develop blood pressure
and lung problems along with a host of other signs and symptoms
frequently seen in emergency cases.
“The advantage is the students will get hands on experience
that’s much safer than working on a live patient,” Kofke
said. “Students can memorize just about anything, but applying
that knowledge is something different. That’s what the simulation
suite is for, a place to apply what the students learned.”
Gail Morrison, MD, the Vice Dean for Education,
stressed the importance of the simulators in Penn Medicine’s
global strategy on safety. “The main purpose of the simulators
is to create a safe environment in which students can make a mistake,
learn from their mistake, and then functional effectively in the
The Measey Medical Simulation Suite was established by a grant
from the Measey Foundation. The suite contains 800 square feet
of interactive, multi-media, workspace.
Editor's Note: A hands-on demonstration of the
simulator is available to all reporters/media. Please contact Rick
Cushman to schedule a demonstration.
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