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Clinical Simulation Lab a Hit during “Doc for a Day” Event

"Doc for a Day" winners (from left) Kari Phillips, Ann Young, Analeigh Sheperd, Kaila Krause, and Rebecca Nelson with Director of Clinical Skills Education Cate Nicholas in the Simulation Lab in UVM's Rowell building. (Photo: Alison Redlich)

Fletcher Allen Health Care hosted a “Doc for a Day” event at the University of Vermont-Fletcher Allen Clinical Simulation Laboratory in UVM’s Rowell building on August 12. The five participants, who were chosen at random through a promotion run on Fletcher Allen’s Facebook page, had the unique opportunity to perform a variety of simulated medical procedures normally reserved for health care professionals and trainees in the lab’s virtual reality room, task trainer room, and virtual hospital, which features a mock emergency/operating room and high-fidelity mannequins.

The day-long event, which began with an introduction at 9 a.m., included learning tasks such as drawing blood and inserting intravenous lines, and performing mock examinations, virtual laparoscopic surgery, virtual bronchoscopy, and a simulated baby delivery.

“‘Doc for a Day’ was great fun,” said Michael Ricci, M.D., director of clinical simulation and professor of surgery at UVM. “The event highlighted our first-class academic medical center and training facilities for Vermont’s current and future health care providers and allowed us to provide a somewhat lighthearted view of the Simulation Lab.”

Winners who participated in the “Doc for a Day” event included Kaila Krouse of Essex Junction, Vt.; Rebecca Nelson of Fairfield, Maine; Kari Phillips of Winooski, Vt.; Analeigh Sheperd of Williston, Vt.; and Ann Young of Swanton, Vt.

The UVM-Fletcher Allen Clinical Simulation Laboratory opened March 2, 2011. The facility features 9,000 square feet of newly-renovated space on the second floor of UVM’s Rowell Building and serves all levels of learners, including medical students, nursing and physical therapy students, medical residents, physicians and nurses across the region, community EMTs and Vermont National Guard members. Designed to allow users to practice patient care skills in discipline-specific groups or as teams, simulation technology has been shown to positively impact patient safety, health care quality and outcomes. Funding for the project was provided by a generous gift from the late Thomas Sullivan, M.D., a UVM/Fletcher Allen medical alumnus from Etna, N.H., along with a $1.75 million federal grant secured by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy.