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New Orleans, LA – One of the nation’s top patient simulation education centers, which was destroyed in the flooding following Hurricane Katrina, has been rebuilt and expanded, and is teaching Louisiana’s future doctors once again. The Isidore Cohn, Jr., MD Student Learning Center at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine – 20,000 square feet of some of the most advanced patient simulation technology available today – will be rededicated on Friday, September 11, 2009, 2020 Gravier Street, 6th floor. The program, which begins at 6:00 p.m., features Dr. Russell Klein, Professor of Medicine and Director of Special Projects at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Dr. Fred Cerise, Vice President of Health Affairs and Medical Education at the LSU System, Dr. Larry Hollier, Chancellor of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Dr. Steve Nelson, Dean of the School of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Dr. Gerard Peña, President of the LSU Medical Alumni Association, Dr. Stacey Holman, LSUHSC Director of OB/GYN Simulation, and Dr. Isidore Cohn, Emeritus Professor of Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the center, as well as to get firsthand experience with the simulators.

The Isidore Cohn, Jr., MD Student Learning Center contains 7 small conference rooms, 1 interactive conference room with video conferencing capabilities, 3 simulation classrooms, 1 simulation operating room, Computer / Lounge area, and a 100 seat large conference room. Equipment includes a physiologically functional human patient simulator in a fully equipped operating room, a child human patient simulator, an I-Stan portable patient simulator, two emergency care adult patient simulators, one emergency care child patient simulator, two anesthesia machines, a SimBaby patient simulator, a SimMan patient simulator, Partial Task Trainers – 4 - Airway Management Trainer - Adult (METI), 2 - Airway Models - Child (Nasco - Life/Form), 2 - Airway Models - Infant (Nasco - Life/Form), 1 - Ambu Intubation Trainer (Nasco - Life/Form), 5 - Blood Pressure Arms - Adult (Nasco - Life/Form), 4 - Breast Models (Nasco - Life/Form), 2 - Central Venous Cannulation Simulators (Nasco - Life/Form), 1 - CentralLineMan (Simulab), 1 - Ear Examination Trainer (Nasco - Life/Form), 3 - Ear Trainer - Diagnostic and Procedural (Nasco - Life/Form), 2 - Foley Insertion Models - Female (Nasco - Life/Form), 3 - Foley Insertion Models - Male (Nasco - Life/Form), 1 - LifePak CR-T AED Trainer (Medtronic), 2 - Little Annie - CPR Manikins 4pk (Nasco - Life/Form), 2 - Nasogastric Intubation Models (Nasco - Life/Form), 3 - Pelvic Models (Limbs-N-Things), 2 - Prostate Examination Trainer (Nasco - Life/Form), 6 - Spinal Injection Models (Nasco - Life/Form), 20 - Suture Arms (Nasco - Life/Form), 2 - Testicular Examination Trainer (Nasco - Life/Form), 1 - Ultrasound Guided Thoracentesis Model (Blue Phantom), five laparoscopic surgical trainers with Simuvision, two code carts, seven adult crisis manikins, two child crisis manikins, as well as cameras, LCD projectors and quad-screen LCD monitors. In an emergency, it could be immediately converted to functioning ORs, ICUs, or whatever medical response facilities would be needed. An external staircase was constructed in the front of the building to accommodate lack of power.

The Isidore Cohn, Jr. MD Student Learning Center originally occupied the first floor of 2020 Gravier Street and opened in August 2001. This center pioneered medical education with human patient simulators in the state, providing students with hands-on experience solving sophisticated patient scenario cases that could be practiced until perfect. Taking a page from the airline industry, the center also began conducting team performance training with the full complement of teaching hospital operating room health care professionals – surgeons, anesthesiologists, scrub nurses, circulating nurses, and residents, as well as medical and nursing students.

In June 2008, the Russell C. Klein, MD Center for Advanced Practice – its companion facility designed for professional education of resident and practicing physicians – was dedicated on the 5th floor of 2020 Gravier. Together, these two centers represent 30,000 square feet of the most advanced new era simulation technology available anywhere in the United States.

A recognized national leader in simulation education, LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans became the country’s 18th Level I Comprehensive Education Institute designated by the American College of Surgeons in June 2007.

The schedule for September 11th at the Isidore Cohn, Jr. MD Student Learning Center includes a course in the simulated OR from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Clinical Skills Lab from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. and small group instruction in the Science and Practice of Medicine from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. prior to the rededication festivities.


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