Duke University School of Medicine hosted a Project Medical Education event from April 17-19 where seven congressional staff members from the North Carolina delegation learned about the three missions of medical schools and teaching hospitals.
During the event, participants heard from Duke faculty, residents and students about medical school admissions, curriculum, and financing; patient safety; population health and clinical research; graduate medical education and the patient care team; and the impact Duke has on its community.
The legislative staffers received hands-on experience interviewing standardized patients and working in the simulation lab with Jeffrey Taekman, MD, professor of anesthesiology, assistant dean for Educational Technology and director of the Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center (HSPSC). Participants were given the chance to work in care teams and intubate a simulation mannequin. During and after the simulation, they learned about some of the ways new technologies, such as video game patient simulation, are used in medical education.
After a night of being on call and answering their beepers, thanks to David Turner, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and associate director of Graduate Medical Education, the “residents” arrived at Duke University Hospital for a final day of programming and rounds with physicians, nurses and other health care providers. They shadowed morning rounds in a variety of departments including Pediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Surgery and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care. The shadowing experience gave the attendees the full experience of what it is like to become a doctor and work in a team-based health care environment.
The attendees graduated from Project Medical Education with certificates and a ceremony with Edward G. Buckley, MD, the James Pitzer Gills, III, M.D. and Joy Gills Professor of Ophthalmology in the School of Medicine, vice dean for Education at the Duke School of Medicine, professor of ophthalmology, and professor of pediatrics.
For more pictures, check out Duke University Health & State Government Relations (DGR) Twitter feed from the event!