Medical Student Simulation
The medical student simulation course is designed to act as a bridge between the non-clinical and clinical years of medical school. The simulation events facilitate linking patient symptoms, exam findings and management plans to students' knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology and pharmacology. The simulations range from e-chart management, invasive procedural training on manikins and tabletop simulators to interactions with standardized patients.
First and Second year students have the opportunity to start developing their knot tying and suturing skills in a month long workshop that meets once a week for an hour. During this course they are taught the basics and given time to practice and build upon and perfect their skills. Students who participate in the Introduction to Surgery I & II courses have the first option to take the workshop as space is limited. Once these students have registered, the course will be open for other interested students until the workshop is full.
Students can register for this course on the Sakai website.
Transition to Clerkship
As students approach their third year, we have two workshops for them during their Transition to Clerkship Week. The first is Scrubbing, Gowning, and Gloving where they get the opportunity to go into the operating rooms and be taught by nurses and surgical techs how to properly scrub, gown, and glove. During this session they also will be given exposure to the operating room and instruments used.
The other class is a Suturing and Punch Biopsy workshop where students start out learning knot tying and move into suturing on boards. Once they master that, they move on to pig's feet. They also learn how to do a punch biopsy.
Continuity to Curriculum
During the third year the students get an opportunity to learn Chest Tube Insertion during the Continuity Curriculum Week. We have structures set up to simulate a student inserting a chest tube into a human body. This gives them an opportunity to try it out before having to do it on their own.
Transition to Surgical Internship
During the fourth year we offer a Transition to Surgical Internship course that will offer simulation courses such as Endoscopy, Suture, Knot Tying, Bowel Anastomosis, etc. The courses are geared strictly for getting fourth year students ready to be surgical interns.
Most of our simulations are held at the Department of Surgery VirtuOHSU lab. We do have a few other simulation rooms on campus.