This week, I spent some time working at the Dayton VA with my mentor. Her office is moving down into a new area that has several simulated patient rooms including an operating room! It’s probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.
My assignment for the week to make sure that the prematric students as well as the high school students that are coming in have an opportunity to do some simulation experiences that will give them a leg up on joining the medical community. I made sure that I stayed within everyone’s learning constraints. I spent quite a bit of time making sure the schedule, name tags, and everything for the day was perfect. I was able to see and meet all the students when they came to visit which was really awesome since most of the medical students will probably be SNMA members next year.
This experience was a great opportunity to meet some amazing people! Everyone at the SIM Lab was very nice and I’ve learned a lot. Although my time here will be short, I’m really hoping to be able to come back and spend some time here over my spring break. It will give me opportunity to get my mind off things as well as stay in the field. I’ve learned a lot about medical education. Seeing all of the residents and nurses come in and use the simulation materials really drives home the idea that medicine isn’t just a one time deal. Medical school doesn’t end when you graduate and you don’t just become a physician but you continue learning, Forever. This reminds me, I’m so not ready for school to start in three weeks. This is going to be a really tough year. I guess I should go have fun before I get started, right?