Special Report: Man uses movie magic to train future doctors

By Tom McIntyre

April 23, 2014 Updated Apr 23, 2014 at 9:51 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria's Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center is on the cutting edge of training tomorrow's physicians.

Medical students used to watch experienced doctors and learn. Now, in some cases, it can be much more hands on.

Because, you never know who's going to stumble into the Emergency Department, like a zombie. Okay, in reality zombies don't come into the E.R.

But as Jimmy Roland will tell you, doctors do see a lot of awful things, like a young man shot in the chest and the neck, like a patient with a broken femur, the bone sticking though his leg...bloody gaping wounds.

"You're gonna face things that you should never, I thought I'd never see," said Roland.

The thing is, those wounds are as real as the zombies, a product of clay, greasepaint, plastic and talent, the work of Jimmy Rowland.

At Peoria's Jump Trading Training and Education Center, medical students are being prepared for the bloody real world of medicine and Jimmy Rowland's work is part of the training.

"I would like to increase their stress levels. The more we are exposed to stress, the more we can deal with it," Rowland said.

Jimmy is self-taught, through trial and error and study. He creates frightening artificial wounds using the same techniques movie makers use to create their special effects.

"I take no joy in creating a wound which looks like an infant who has a broken leg," said Rowland, "but that's absolutely something they'll have to face."

Jimmy's art reflects life, some of the worst aspects of it, but the kind of life medical professionals will have to deal with.

"So the more I expose them to these highly stressful events that look, smell, feel sound like real, the more they get accustomed to dealing with stress," he said.

Stress of this kind may be something you and I never want to experience, but for doctors, it's an absolute necessity.

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