CNHS Hosts Open House to Introduce New “Patients”

Posted: October 18, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman

Three anonymous “patients” in the College of Nursing and Health Science (CNHS) will receive names at an open house on Thursday, Oct. 21. CNHS plans to introduce the computer-controlled patient simulators—or “SimMen” as they are known in the medical field—and announce the winners of a student contest to name them. The event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Toups Labs, Robinson Hall A, third floor.

The simulated patients talk, breathe (with the help of an air compressor), cough, and replicate many human physiological functions. Using a laptop computer with a Microsoft application, CNHS faculty can program clinical scenarios for students to practice important skills before moving on to real patients. The SimMen are part of a new initiative to create a Center for Excellence in Clinical Teaching.

The winning names will be judged on creativity, ease of pronunciation, and appropriateness to the lab setting. The rules call for the “patients” to have first and last names, with first names for either gender preferred. The winning names will be attached to each manikin.

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