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Technician in the simlab

Before treating actual patients, students and residents gain skills and confidence in diagnosing and treating a wide range of cases on lifelike mannequins in an authentic clinical environment.

Students in the simlab

The Simulation Laboratory includes six high-fidelity mannequins including: three adult, one birthing mother, one infant and one adolescent. These mannequins exhibit human physiologic functions such as blood pressure, reactive pupils, working tear ducts and heart and lung sounds. Lab participants can perform many common procedures such as starting an IV, obtaining a blood sample, inserting a bladder catheter, giving medications, treating wounds and performing surgical procedures in response to the specific case they are evaluating and treating.

The simulations provide highly realistic, hands-on experiences that help students learn and practice before interacting with actual patients. The lab and its equipment, personnel and even its sounds and smells mirror that of a functioning clinic or hospital. The lab includes three clinical rooms that allow simulated clinical scenarios to run simultaneously.

Hands on

Cases typically last 90 minutes and include 30 minutes of simulated clinical experience followed by an hour-long debriefing session  with supervising clinical faculty. The clinical scenarios focus on the development of clinical reasoning skills, communication, leadership, teamwork and interprofessional relationships.

In addition to DMU students, residents from surgical, internal medicine and family practice programs in central Iowa also train in the simulation lab. Plans include using the lab for medical students, residents, practicing physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, EMS personnel and military personnel.

Faculty and staff

Joe Case

Joe Case

Simulation Technical Specialist ,
Simulation lab
Charnetski, Matthew

Matthew Charnetski

Simulation Specialist,
Simulation Lab
Holly DeJong

Holly DeJong

Administrative Assistant,
Simulation lab
Enfinger,-William

Will Enfinger

Simulation Specialist,
Simulation lab
Angela Grundmeyer

Angela Grundmeyer

MPAS, PA-C

Senior Clinical Coordinator,
Simulation lab
Strathe,-Jayne

Jayne Strathe

Clinical Coordinator,
Simulation Lab