UTHSCT residents participate in lab exercise in simulated childbirth at UT Tyler

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Above, UT Tyler Clinical Instructor Teresa Hunt talks about "Noelle," the lifelike high-tech mannequin that simulates childbirth, during a lab exercise on June 28, 2012, at the Department of Nursing at UT Tyler.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and The University of Texas at Tyler have collaborated on a lab exercise to provide hands-on delivery room experience, said Dr. Linda Klotz, College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean.

The exercise took place Thursday, June 28, 2012, in the UT Tyler Braithwaite Nursing Building.

Eight family medicine physicians who are in residency training at the UTHSCT worked with UT Tyler College of Nursing officials using a sophisticated mannequin that simulates a patient in labor.

“With our multidisciplinary approach to learning, we help residents and nursing students in our varied and life-like simulation labs. This was the first of what we hope to be many collaborative efforts between the two sister institutions within family practice,” said Teresa Hunt, UT Tyler clinical instructor.

Jonathan MacClements, MD, chairman of family medicine and director of medical education at UTHSCT, said he was delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with the UT Tyler College of Nursing.

“We appreciate the opportunity to use the simulation lab to train our residents. Interdisciplinary collaborative efforts like this ensure that we will continue to have well-trained health care providers to take care of our patients,” he said.

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded $118.6 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UTHSCT is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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