Youngblood Medical Skills Lab is host of open house

Nicole Fearing, M.D. (left), clinical assistant professor of surgery and medical director for the Youngblood Medical Skills Lab, works on the Baby Hal mannequin with Sara Bower Youngblood at the lab’s open house on Oct. 14.

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.

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