Learning at the College of Medicine extends far beyond the classroom. Along with clinical rotations in hospitals, students get hands-on experience in our “living laboratory,” which has some of the latest, most advanced facilities in health care for the purpose of teaching basic sciences and clinical skills.
The Barbara E. Chick, M.D. ’59, Clinical Education and Assessment Center (CEAC)
The center’s 10 examination rooms look like physicians’ offices but are linked to control and observation rooms. Students work with standardized patients to enhance their abilities in medical interviewing, physical examination, and patient counseling.
Digital videos of the students taking histories, educating patients, and performing physical examinations are captured and archived for review by faculty and students. More about our standardized patients can be found on our Standardized Patient Program website.
Learn more about the CEAC.
The Independence Blue Cross Medical Simulation Center
The simulation center’s three patient rooms and one operating room are equipped with functioning beds, gas rails and sinks, and are configured to simulate patient care in the hospital setting. Instead of actual patients, each room contains a life-like computer controlled robotic manikin with palpable pulses, and audible heart and lung sounds. The manikins breathe and blink, respond to injected drugs, can be intubated and defibrillated, and much more. The “patient” can even “speak.” All functions are managed by a technician in a nearby control room. Encounters are recorded on digital video for students and faculty to review in post-encounter sessions. A task-training room also houses individual stations such as venipuncture, suturing, or birthing simulation training.
Learn more about the Simulation Center.
This unique resource (which was developed by Drexel faculty) teaches students to improve communication skills through Web-based video encounters between physicians and patients. It provides users with knowledge, skills review, and opportunities for reflection. It also fosters learning about complex communication and relationship challenges.
This web-based patient simulation program allows students to develop clinical reasoning skills. A custom wWeb-based interface provides students access to their assigned DxR cases and also provides individualized feedback on their performance.
MedEthEx is an online series of exercises in medical ethics and communication skills that enable medical students and physicians to improve their knowledge of medical ethics and their effectiveness in communicating about ethical issues with patients and their families.
Health Sciences Library
The Health Sciences Library is a portal through which faculty, students, and staff have access to vast amounts of electronic and printed resources.
Interactive Computer-Based Tools
Students use faculty-developed tools that range from biochemical exercises to simulated patients presenting ethical dilemmas. Lectures, slides, lab manuals, and other visual materials are available to students in searchable electronic formats.
The laboratories have 42 tables with microscopes for teaching neuroanatomy, microbiology, and pathology. Microscopes are equipped with a video camera so all students can look at a single slide under the microscope through monitors or on a projection screen.
Students are able to augment the information and skills they learn from classes, print materials, and clinical rotations. For example, computer simulations of the autonomic nervous system provide a graphic model for experimentation in the Pharmacology Laboratory.
With the Virtual Microscope, students can access digitized slide collections in histology and pathology anywhere and anytime.
Wireless Internet Access
Students can access the internet from anywhere on campus; we require all entering students to own a laptop.
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