Simulated patient centre helps students learn diagnoses
- By: Samena Chaudhry
Students at the University of Kentucky's College of Medicine have been learning through a different sort of patient recently.
The college has developed a centre to house patient simulators and a standardised patient program. The Clinical Skills Training And Assessment Center (CSTAC) is home to a number of machines that teach students how to identify a variety of illnesses.
At CSTAC, before working with actual patients, the students have the opportunity to practise skills on a simulator or on an actor playing the part of a patient.
Students doing their first spinal taps may not feel their hands shaking quite so much after they've practised on the lumbar puncture and spinal injection simulator.
With “HARVEY”, a realistic looking male torso, a student reading about heart sounds in a textbook can actually put on a stethoscope and hear various abnormal heart rhythms. The opportunity to hear such heart abnormalities would take