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The California Health Sciences University (CHSU) is the first and only four-year medical school in California’s Central Valley, and it has grown since it opened its doors in 2012. As part of its expansion, the university plans to open a College of Osteopathic Medicine in July 2020.
The new college is promoting the use of several high-fidelity manikins, amongst other high-tech simulation teaching tools, to ensure students receive extensive hands-on education. The simulation-heavy program will be using Gaumard’s Pediatric HAL, HAL S3201, and Super Tory to recruit and train an estimated 600 students who will attend the college next year.
CHSU’s mission is to educate a new generation of physicians who will serve the healthcare needs of the Central California Valley, especially underserved populations.
The city of Clovis, where the college is based, is excited about the growth the university’s simulation-based program will bring. As part of their mission, the college aims to retain many of the students in Clovis and the Central Valley. The physicians will contribute not only to the region’s healthcare needs but also contribute to the local economy.
The college sees simulation-based education as a big draw for students since they can expect more clinical training that will enhance their learning so that they can provide better care to patients. Another advantage of using simulation as part of their training is that it helps students transition into the real world.
As Dr. John Graneto, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine says, “It reduces the anxiety that I would have as a new medical student facing a stressful situation [if I practice] first on a mannequin before I have to see it on a real person.”