OSF and UICOMP get 'Jump' on life-like medical training

By WEEK Producer

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 12:39 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Doctors at OSF Saint Francis are getting a 'jump' on medical training.

In just two months the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and OSF will open the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center.

While construction crews put on the finishing touches, doctors are wasting no time educating residents.

"We began looking at opportunities even before the Jump Simulation Center was opened. We'll continue to do this type of work and track patient outcomes as we do it to make sure that we're really on target," said Dr. John Vozenilek, Chief Medical Officer at the Jump Simulation & Education Center.

Wednesday, Attending ER Physician Dr. Joe Peters began training in an unused portion of the OSF ER. He said every resident will be trained on the safest and most sterile way to insert a central line.

"Even though it's a controlled environment, and there is no live patients, it becomes very realistic experience for the young doctors who are training here at this institution," said Dr. Peters

He said although a common procedure, the risks and complications are great. The life-like training seeks to replace the old teaching method of watching and then doing on a real patient.

"A typical resident rotating through the intensive care unit might be able to do this 3 or 4 times in their monthly experience on that rotation," said Dr. Peters. "In a simulation scenario, I can have them insert a dozen central lines in just an hour or two time period."

"Trainees will understand all of the little choreographed that lead to better patient outcome. And what I mean by better patient outcome is I mean lives saved, I mean fewer days in the hospital and certainly fewer intensive care unit days," added Dr. Vozenilek.

These exercises will be amplified to multiple disciplines upon completion of the state-of-the-art virtual medical training center, set to open April 25th.

Dr. Vozenilek said, "every specialty, we have robotic surgeons, we have obstetrics and gynecology, we have neonatology, so from tiny babies to older adults, we're engaged fully in this system."

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