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Sim Labs - How important are they?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by DocBR, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. DocBR

    DocBR MS-3 5+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2007
    Most of the schools I have interviewed at have been funneling a lot of money into state of the art simulation labs. Does anyone know how helpful/important they are?

    Is it a a major disadvantage to be w/o them?
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  3. lysosome

    lysosome New Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Im curious too. Western doesn't seem to have one.
  4. froggiepremed

    froggiepremed not "Pre" any more 2+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2006
    Harrogate, TN
    I have not worked directly with them (as I start in August) but I know med students that say they can be fun, yet nerve racking. The best thing my friends told me was the practice intubations.
  5. Cat48100

    Cat48100 OMS-2 2+ Year Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    Is this what DCOM has? I know DCOM was going to have a surgical suite with a smart 'dummy' in it but is this what this stimulation lab is? Anyone know if these dummy's at DCOM will allow us to do the sort of things such as laparoscopic surgery techniques and intubation?
  6. spicedmanna

    spicedmanna Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    That's one of the reasons why I like KCUMB; they have a brand-new patient care simulation lab/center. One area has state-of-the-art dummies that you can practice and run scenarios on, the other looks exactly like a clinic room where you do H&P's on actors. Both are recorded and monitored by attendings, so you can receive direct feedback.

    I think it's a great introduction to some of the basics, so you won't completely freeze during 3rd year rotations when faced with real patients. I think if used appropriately, it could provide an edge.
  7. DocBR

    DocBR MS-3 5+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2007

    Yes, that is a sim dummy.

    I am not sure about the lap surgury, but they can be administered medications, intubated, etc and have programable reactions ranging from typical to very rare.

    Very cool stuff.
  8. Orthodoc40

    Orthodoc40 7+ Year Member

    I doubt it's a huge DISadvantage to not have them.
    It may provide a slight advantage to get to play with them before 3rd year, but plenty of students have graduated in many, many years past without that benefit, and done just fine. :D
  9. Kuba

    Kuba Physician 10+ Year Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    Any current students care to contribute?
  10. FS-Pro

    FS-Pro Guest

    Nov 4, 2004
    Only an MS-1 here at DMU, but we have had a couple of apaid actor interactions so far, and I think they are very helpful. They are very nerve racking when you first get in the room, but then you calm down. There are good practice for H&P's. Next year we will get into practicing diagnosing. I think we will have 12 or 13 after 2 years. I' glad we have them as they may help me be more comfortable on rotations. Hope this helps.

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