LECOM, State College of Florida partner on medical simulation

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and State College of Florida (SCF) students participated in a collaborative training exercise that enhances communication skills between future physicians and nurses.

The training exercises took place at SCF’s Medical Technology and Simulation Center in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Student doctors and nurses worked collaboratively in the care of a critically ill patient. LECOM faculty member Larry Bunnell, D.O., said the goal of the exercise is to promote inter-professional communication between physicians and nurses.

The experience was an eye-opener for second-year LECOM medical student Michael Groover.

“The critical care simulation allowed me to work as a member of an intensive care medical team,” says Groover. “I was challenged to integrate my personal judgment, ethical standards, medical knowledge and communication skills to compassionately manage a critically ill patient and his family."

LECOM medical students Michael Groover, Rachel Crosby and SCF nursing student Krista Byler simulate an end-of-life situation with Charlette Armstrong and Marilyn Moeddel.

LECOM student Rachel Crosby said a big challenge was maintaining her composure during an “end-of-life” situation. She asked the family members if their “father” wished to remain on life support even when there was nothing more the doctors could do.

"I always thought that when the day came that I would have to break bad news to family members I would simply offer a sensitive demeanor while presenting the facts," says Crosby. "However, this activity showed me how the words you use can cause very different reactions. As a future physician, this exercise taught me how to be a better team member by working cooperatively with co-workers and seeking their help and advice when necessary."

The 42,000 square-foot SCF facility includes a nursing skills lab, nursing assessment lab and Intensive Care Unit lab with state-of-the-art technology including patient simulators, electronic medical records, drug recognition system and medication-dispensing devices.

April 27, 2011
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