The Institute for International Medicine welcomes poster presentations from participants at the 2012 Exploring Medical Missions Conference, From Inspiration to Mobilization, on June 1-2 at the Graceway Church in Kansas City.
Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference. They may be research or case based and may focus on any global health topic. Those relating to the following topics will be given special consideration.
Impact of international rotations and experiences on students’ and residents’ development
Providing public health services in communities with limited resources
Clinical issues in resource-poor communities
Sustainability implications for short-term international projects or partnerships
A normally quiet hallway outside the School of Medicine’s Youngblood Medical Skills Lab turned into a chaotic disaster scene for a short time Friday afternoon, Nov. 18. Area health professionals worked as a team to triage victims injured in the aftermath of an explosion and shooting.
Similar preparedness training courses are conducted at locations throughout the state said Dena Higbee, director of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine’s Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Clinical Simulation Center. Higbee and the UM-Columbia simulation center coordinate the disaster training program for the DHSS.
A medical response team of eight area health professionals including EMTs, nurses and paramedics participated in the simulation with nearly 20 volunteer disaster victims who scattered in the hallway of the School of Medicine basement outside the medical skills lab. The medical response team was given few details about the scene then told to triage the victims and move them into the skills lab, which was a set up as a trauma emergency area.
“We want to spread the knowledge of how to be prepared for a disaster,” Higbee said. “(Disasters) are getting closer to home. The Joplin tornado made people aware that it can happen here. It’s been very timely for the DHSS to be putting on this training program.”
The drill was the one of the final pieces of a two-day course in multiple/mass casualty training. The DHSS offers 12 different courses to health care professionals in disaster preparedness. Health care professionals receive continuing medical education credits for participating in the course.
More than 40 faculty, staff and students attended an open house for the Youngblood Medical Skills Laboratory at the UMKC School of Medicine on Oct. 14. The guest of honor was Sara Bower Youngblood, widow of James J. Youngblood, M.D., whose vision spearheaded development of the lab into an important component of the School of Medicine’s curriculum.
The open house celebrated the lab’s ongoing success and highlighted its future goals. The lab provides a safe training environment for future physicians to practice simulated procedures and also work with standardized patients in preparation for their medical boards.
“The best part about the day was that Mrs. Youngblood got to see how it all started and has blossomed,” said Nicole Fearing, M.D., clinical assistant professor of surgery and medical director for the YMSL. “The lab has grown to encompass the whole School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Education, interdisciplinary training, and a standardized patient program.”
Mrs. Youngblood accompanied members of the Youngblood Society on a facility tour, which included a labor and delivery simulation using the YMSL’s Noelle and Baby Hal mannequins. David Mundy, M.D., associate professor of OB/GYN, delivered an introduction and history of the lab, and lauded its continual development.
Since its opening in 2007, the YMSL has expanded its inventory of high-fidelity simulation mannequins and other procedural training models that are regularly used by UMKC medical students. In addition to hosting UMKC’s Standardized Patient Program and Master of Science in Anesthesia program, the lab annually trains hundreds of students in the AHA’s CPR and ACLS curriculum. An EMT and paramedic curriculum will debut in 2012.