Thursday, November 21, 2013

Snapshots: USA Clincal Skills Lab Grand Opening


Dr. Mike Jacobs, professor of adult nursing at the University of South Alabama and director of the Human Simulation Program (far right), talks with Carolyn Ross, associate director of preparedness training at the USA Center for Strategic Health Innovation (far left), David Wallace, director of preparedness training at the USA Center for Strategic Health Innovation (second from left), and Dr. Debra Davis, dean of the College of Nursing during the grand opening of the Clinical Skills Lab at the USA College of Medicine Medical Sciences Building Nov. 14, 2013.


One of the cameras used to monitor clinical training encounters is seen at the Clinical Skills Lab at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine Medical Sciences Building during the grand opening Nov. 14, 2013.
The University of South Alabama recently held a grand opening for its Clinical Skills Lab on Nov. 14, 2013.

The Clinical Skills Lab, located in the Medical Sciences Building on USA’s main campus, is designed to enhance clinical training of health professions students. It gives medicine, nursing, and allied health students an opportunity to interact with standardized patients and learn clinical skills early.

The lab is a 3,300 square-foot space that includes eight fully equipped exam rooms, a waiting room, administrative office, standardized patient break room, observation room, and one large conference room with full instructional capabilities.

During the training exercise, the patient is actually an actor who presents with a set of medical concerns. Exposure to these standardized patients provides the opportunity for students to strengthen interviewing skills, communication skills and master the basics of physical assessment.  Each exam room includes audiovisual technology that enables faculty to review encounters in real time or retrospectively, in order to assess student skills and provide feedback.

There are several room naming opportunities available to prospective donors to support the standardized patient program and Clinical Skills Lab. To learn more, contact Racheal Banks at (251) 460-7481 or rbanks@southalabama.edu. For more information on the standardized patient program, contact Alison Rudd at arudd@southalabama.edu.


Acting University of South Alabama President Dr. John Smith (far left); Dr. Mike Jacobs, professor of adult nursing at USA and director of the Human Simulation Program (center); and Rebecca Graves, an instructor at the College of Nursing; look on as Joseph Farmer, assistant professor of adult nursing, shows them one of the monitoring stations during the grand opening of the Clinical Skills Lab at the USA College of Medicine Medical Sciences Building Nov. 14, 2013.

 

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