Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Loyola Emergency Medicine Expert Conducts Simulation Training in India

Doctor Shares the Benefits of Simulation Training in Medical Education during Conference

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Trent Reed, DO, Department of Emergency Medicine, at Loyola University Health System, had his own passage to India to the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University Simulation Training in Health Care conference in Chennai, the southern city formerly known as Madras.

“This was my first trip to India and my first overseas speaking opportunity and I was fascinated to learn from my multinational colleagues,” said Reed, director of clinical simulation, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, who has taught at Loyola for seven years. “Loyola is so technically advanced as far as medical equipment and protocols; it provided a sharp contrast to the facilities in India."

The second-largest health sciences university in India hosted the “training the trainer” conference attended by hundreds of physicians from approximately 30 surrounding medical schools. Dr. Reed conducted sessions on how to facilitate a simulation session and also how to establish a simulation program.

“We offered the lower fidelity and lower cost version of the kinds of simulation we regularly employ at Loyola,” said the emergency medicine physician who is also an associate professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Instead of the high fidelity, lifelike simulators he uses at Loyola, Reed demonstrated techniques in India on butchered animals, plastic dolls and craft materials. “We had to get creative in order to demonstrate the many established benefits of simulation at the lowest cost,” said Reed, who focused on cardiopulmonary arrest, stabilization measures for critical patients, airway techniques, and obstetric and gynecological protocols.

Reed, who lives in Clarendon Hills with his wife and two young sons, was inspired by the enthusiasm for learning that he saw throughout India. “I was not surprised to see very high intellectual curiosity at the university and medical school level. But despite the extreme lack of resources, I was amazed to learn that even families who live in the slums prioritize education for their children,” Reed said.  “In the end, the morbidity and mortality rates are high and the hope is by improving medical education training with focused, specific, deliberate simulation training we can improve the quality and safety of health care in the region."

Reed was clear that he wouldn’t have been able to make the trip without the support of his family; Loyola University Chicago; the Department of Emergency Medicine; Dr. Mayilvahanan Natarajan, vice chancellor of the Medical University in Chennai; and Dr. Narmadha Kuppuswami , president of the Health Education & Learning Projects (HELP) Charitable Foundation (the conference was co-sponsored by her foundation and American Tamil Medical Association).  He also noted that he was thankful for being introduced to the meaningful project by a Loyola colleague, Dr. Rahul Bhatia, a pediatric intensivist, who helped with some of the initial planning for the project as well.

The following video offers additional information about Loyola simulation with Dr. Reed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtMrFGeKgy0.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.