Simulation Center hosts open house

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle, commander, PRMC and TAMC, interacts with the  high fidelity virtual reality trainer for the da Vinci surgical robot during the Medical Simulation Center open house at TAMC, May 27. Here, Doyle is running one of the EndoWrist manipulation exercises used to develop dexterity.

Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle, commander, PRMC and TAMC, interacts with the high fidelity virtual reality trainer for the da Vinci surgical robot during the Medical Simulation Center open house at TAMC, May 27. Here, Doyle is running one of the EndoWrist manipulation exercises used to develop dexterity.

Story and photos by
Ana Allen
Pacific Regional Medical Command
HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) hosted an open house for its Medical Simulation Center, May 27, to highlight advanced technologies available to medical interns, residents and staff.

The interactive training tools are used as part of continuing education and training requirements.

Ruth Andrews, administrator, TAMC Simulation Program, said the event was a perfect opportunity to show the community advanced technologies that help to reproduce, as close to reality, environments and situations that enhance staff knowledge and, ultimately, the patient’s experience.

“What’s really great about simulation is that you can repeat scenarios as many times as you want without having to touch an actual patient. Staff can practice doing procedures that range from lumbar punctures to something as simple as an ultrasound,” said Andrews. “Spending time in the Simulation Center sharpens their skills, and the patient benefits from that because their medical staff has more experience.”

Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle (right), commander, PRMC and TAMC, along with Capt. Andrew Findley, deputy commander of Clinical Services, TAMC, interact with a fundamentals of laparoscopic trainer system that allows surgical residents and practicing surgeons to develop psychomotor skills and dexterity required in basic laparoscopic surgery.              skills during an open house for the Medical Simulation Center at TAMC, here, May 27.

Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle (right), commander, PRMC and TAMC, along with Capt. Andrew Findley, deputy commander of Clinical Services, TAMC, interact with a fundamentals of laparoscopic trainer system that allows surgical residents and practicing surgeons to develop psychomotor skills and dexterity required in basic laparoscopic surgery. skills during an open house for the Medical Simulation Center at TAMC, here, May 27.

Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle, commanding general for Pacific Regional Medical Command (PRMC) and TAMC, along with Capt. Andrew Findley, TAMC deputy commander of Clinical Services, were on hand for the event and interacted with systems. They saw or interacted with a fundamentals of laparoscopic trainer system, which allows surgical residents and practicing surgeons to develop psychomotor skills and dexterity required in basic laparoscopic surgery, as well as a high-fidelity virtual reality trainer for the da Vinci surgical robot.

Also on display was the “NOELLE,” a high-fidelity delivery manikin that can blink and breath; it’s warm to the touch. The robot is used for competency-based programs where realistic fetal palpitations, multiple birthing scenarios, epidural procedures and more can be simulated and controlled while devices track student actions.

The Medical Simulation Center supports Tripler’s Graduate Medical Education program.

Tripler is a major teaching center that sponsors 13 physician training programs with over 220 resident positions.

 

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