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Averett and Danville Regional Medical Center Team Up to Conduct Physician Simulation Lab Exercise

July 21, 2014

Averett University and Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) recently conducted the first physician simulation laboratory medical education exercise in the Dan River Region. The next medical simulation activity will take place on June 22, at 10 a.m. at Averett's Riverview Campus (512 Bridge Street). All members of the media are invited to attend.

Averett University's school of nursing maintains a world-class medical simulation center, combining an emergency department, an ICU unit, a birthing suite and a neonatal unit in one space. Using its Simulation Lab, the program is able to offer unique cross-specialty simulation experiences. Most schools provide simulation for birthing techniques in one area, for cardiac procedures in another, etc. The philosophy at Averett is that all areas can merge in a hospital setting, so the training simulates them simultaneously. If a mother in labor goes into cardiac arrest, health-care providers deal with both conditions at the same time. Being trained that way is invaluable, and it also prepares students for the necessary team approach.

"Simulation is a standard learning technique throughout the United States in medical schools, nursing schools and postgraduate educational programs such as DRMC's Residency Program," said Dr. Michael Moore, director of DRMC's internal medicine residency program.

DRMC's residency programs include family medicine, internal medicine and traditional rotating internships.

"We are excited to work with the DRMC residency program and share our Simulation Lab as a learning site as a part of their education to become doctors," said Dr. Darnell Cockram, Averett's interim dean of the school of nursing. "Averett is always happy to partner with other healthcare organizations in the community as we work together to be catalysts for positive change in the region."

Earlier this month, DRMC residents participated in a variety of medical emergency simulations under the direction of Moore; Dr. Patricia Matto, DRMC director of medical education; Sherri Garrett, BSN, director of the Averett Simulation Center; Tommy Pruett and James Mullins, certified American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) instructors from the Danville Life Saving Crew. The residents worked in groups of four to six residents. After each simulation, the instructor's debriefed the residents to discuss ways their simulated experience could be improved.