In A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (ATSU-KCOM) Drabing Human Patient Simulation Center, one “patient” recently celebrated a significant milestone. ATSU’s Gaumard VICTORIA birthing simulator delivered her 1000th baby. To celebrate, ATSU-KCOM students held a birthday celebration in “Vicky’s” honor. The L. Linton Budd OB/GYN Society and the Pediatrics Club co-hosted the event.
Since she first arrived on the Kirksville, Missouri, campus, the birthing simulator has served as a valuable tool to help students prepare to assist in an emergency situation where a woman has abruptly gone into labor. In addition, third- and fourth-year students report their training with the birthing simulator has proven valuable when opportunities arise in their obstetrics rotations.
“I’ve had several third-year students email me letting me know they birthed their first baby and it wasn’t so scary because they had been given an opportunity to practice on our birthing simulator during their second year,” said Lisa Archer, director of simulation and performance assessment at ATSU-KCOM.
According to Archer, Ralph Boling, DO, associate professor of surgery at ATSU-KCOM, stood by students during nearly every procedure, using his expertise to guide students through the experience. After helping VICTORIA give birth, students immediately have the opportunity to care for her newborn “child”, included in the birthing suite.
The birthing simulation suite is just one example of how ATSU combines expertise with innovative, hands-on learning experiences to shape the future of healthcare education.