The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 15, 2013

WVSOM center receives accreditation

The Clinical Evaluation Center (CEC) at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) has received accreditation by The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

“Designation as an accredited simulation center signifies to pros-pective students, potential inter-professional partners and health care educators that the programs offered through the CEC meet an international standard of excellence and quality,” said Stephanie Schuler, executive director.

“As we compete for grants and conduct research projects, it sets us apart as a center that has a proven record of producing quality programs. This designation signifies added value that ultimately provides our students with educational opportunities consistently at or beyond the national standard.”

Innovative resources are vital in order to prepare the student physician for advances in patient care and treatment. The Clinical Evaluation Center provides hands-on training using 22 human patient simulators, or robotic patients, plus an experienced team of standardized patients, community members trained to portray patients with specific illnesses.

With the aid of simulators and standardized patients, students gain interactive experience via a variety of clinical scenarios presented in a safe and controlled environment.

The human patient simulators range from low-fidelity simulators that are full-body mannequins with limited functions such as heart and lung sounds to high-fidelity simulators which are sophisticated, computer-driven, interactive models that talk and breathe, with pulses and pupils that constrict and dilate.

One robotic patient may be designed to give birth and present a variety of pre-natal and post-natal complications, while another model simulates realistic symptoms of a heart attack.

The CEC maintains 76 task trainers, which are models of human body parts used to help students address real-life complications within those specific areas. A task trainer may help students learn to insert catheters, perform IV insertions, perform labor techniques or examine specific areas like ear canals, the prostate or muscles.

With this recent achievement, WVSOM’s Clinical Evaluation Center has demonstrated its leadership in simulation education. It is currently the only accredited simulation center in the state and joins a select group of facilities worldwide that have received recognition for their excellence.

The SSH represents educators, research scientists and advocates who use simulation methodologies for education, testing and research. Simulation programs with a minimum two-year track record of excellence in assessment, research or teaching may apply for accreditation.

Text Only
  • bob thompson The jazz man

    If Bob Thompson’s 30-year career as a professional musician has taught him anything, it’s that there are really only two kinds of music.


    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Leave a good legacy, and respect others’

    The death this week of the Rev. Jerry Falwell led to a network and cable blitz of commentaries on his life. We’ve been bombarded with a flurry of eulogies, criticisms, apathetic shrugs and lots of news footage regarding Falwell’s faith and foibles.


    July 26, 2014

  • 072314 Life CrossFit 4.jpg Crossfit Nation: Working out the WOD way

    Just as fashion trends come and go, so do fitness fads, and Cyndie Chinn had tried them all.

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • downsize 1 Living large in smaller spaces

    How is it possible that as your nest gets emptier, your garage gets fuller? Living off the grid sounds tantalizing — the extreme version of paring down. But are you ready for solar panels and growing your own groceries or would a smaller home do the trick?

    July 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Relishing the faith of little children

    July 19, 2014

  • Guns 1 ‘Guns’ for Life

    With the latest World Health Organization figures showing global life expectancy increasing from 64 years in 1990 to 70 years in 2011, staying healthy enough to add quality to the quantity of life is an important consideration.

    July 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • coconut 4 Crack open the power of the coconut

    Now let’s get this straight …
      We know about Parrotheads. And Cheeseheads. But when did Coconut Heads become cool?
    Move over, argan — you are so last season. Another exotic oil is taking lead role in everything from shampoo to weight-loss supplements. That cast-iron skillet seasoning, stretch-mark banishing essence of the hour is — coconut oil.

    July 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • Free summer serenade concert to be held

    Aurora Celtic, sponsored by Ivy & Stone, presents the free Summer Serenade concert Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Brown House lawn in Summersville.

    July 13, 2014

  • WVU Extension: Healthy summer eating tips for all occasions

    Summer and early fall are the times of year for family reunions, potluck picnics, pool parties and various other celebrations where we like to share food.

    July 13, 2014

  • new BAF fund Endowment still helping students attend college

    The “Beckley College, College of West Virginia, Mountain State University and University of Charleston-Beckley Alumni Association Fund” has the distinction of having the longest name of any of the 400 permanent endowments managed by the Beckley Area Foundation.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo