New technology in the classroom could help you later at the hospital

Posted at: 09/27/2013 8:46 PM
Updated at: 09/27/2013 11:23 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

Medical school classrooms used to be filled with Bunsen burners and microscopes, but they are long gone, replaced by technology. Simulators are helping students get hands on experience before they even step out of the classroom. 

Dr. Jean Joseph said, “Our jobs as physicians is always to look out on the horizon to see what can best benefit our patients.”

At the University of Rochester Medical Center, they see what is on the horizon. They're working to teach and train medical students there with the latest and greatest technology available. 

Dr. Sarah Peyre, Director of the Center for Experiential Learning, said, “We are renovating our classroom space here and it is great. It is really going to support team training, simulation training, incooperating all sorts of media into our teaching.” 

Before students would get experience by going patient to patient inside the actually hospital in different departments. But now thanks to real life dummies that actually breath and blink on their own, they can simulate normal and abnormal responses a patient would have and they can get the same hands-on experience inside the classroom.

News10NBC was exclusively allowed inside a classroom to see medical students practicing different scenarios on a mannequin. We wanted to know what this means for you.


News10NBC's Amanda Ciavarri said, “So when patients come to the hospital with this do technology training the health care providers have, what kind of changes will they see and how will their experience be different?”

Dr. Peyre said, “We hope that it makes for an even more seamless experience, if you will. It is a little tricky to answer cause I feel like we have always provided great health care. But with a renewed interest on communication and collaboration hopefully as patients transition from one system to another in our health care those hand offs are seamless, and that all the information is passed along with them.”

Dr. David Lambert, Senior Associate Dean of Medical Student Education, said, “In addition, sometimes you can help educate a patient by showing them a diagram or video from an iPad or electronic device, and the more you educate patients, the more they understand the disease or condition and the more compliant they are to adhering to preventative services.”

By next month, even more technology will be added. URMC is also installing computer systems that will simulate a number of procedures students would face in an operating room. These updates were all done with money given to the school from a grant