The Innovative Learning Center includes a simulation center in addition to clinical labs and rooms. Students learn by encounters with high-fidelity mannequins, task trainers, peers, and actors. We hire actors to play the ill patient for the student physicians to learn assessments and soft skills.
Last year the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) had over 2,000 standardized patient encounters and over 23, 000 simulation encounters. William Carey University COM also works in conjunction with the University of Southern Mississippi Nursing Department, William Carey’s Nursing Department, Physical Therapy Department, and ER Residency Programs throughout the state.
First year students work with clinical faculty perfecting basic physical exam skills. Introductions are done regarding diagnostic tools such as EKG, Spirometry, and Ultrasound. As the student progress in their studies, they advance their knowledge of conducting full physical assessments and histories in our 26 primary care clinic rooms. During their 3rd year, they are in rotations at clinical facilities but come back to the ILC to sharpen both the humanistic and diagnostic accuracy as well as refining their skills of osteopathic manipulative treatment. During these three years, they perform OSCEs as a summative evaluation of what they have learned. Students as 4th year medical students gain experience with the general procedures of a physician until graduation.
Supervision, guidance, and feedback are provided by outstanding faculty and experienced medical professionals. Students learn the science and art of triage, bedside care, problem-solving, clinical judgement, and adaptability. The Innovative Learning Center is proud to be able to help all healthcare professionals become the best that they can be in a Christian and loving environment.