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Prospective Students Learned Technology is Integrated throughout RUSM’s Curriculum

December 09, 2014

An attendee inserts her hands in robotic arms to mimic surgical incisions.

An attendee inserts her hands in robotic arms to mimic surgical incisions.

Strategic hospital affiliations give students a rich clinical experience


RUSM students gain clinical experience in their first semester. That fact appeared to be the most surprising and exciting information aspiring physicians learned during an interactive open house recently hosted at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) in Pontiac, MI. Nearly 70 attended the program, including five recently accepted students, to learn more about RUSM directly from the university’s faculty and alumni as well as from current students who are conducting clerkships at SJMO.

The program included a guided tour of the technologically-advanced simulation lab and hands-on demonstrations of innovative robotic equipment used during surgical procedures. Prospective students also had the opportunity to listen to a panel discussion and have questions answered about RUSM’s curriculum, campus life, student outcomes and more.

The SJMO simulation lab, “the most special tour feature” as commented by one attendee, provided realistic experiences for prospective students. Guests performed ultrasounds on the simulator, passed plastic blocks with laparoscopic instruments, maneuvered robotic surgical arms and evaluated SimMan® for an asthma attack.

Want to get an up-close look at SJMO's facilities and try out simulation technology? Join us for our Clinical Experience event at SJMO on Saturday, Oct. 8. Learn more and sign up here.
“The simulation part of the tour gave students insight into what kinds of technology they would encounter in their first two years of medical school and beyond,” said Dave Pederson, director of the Center for Excellence in Simulation Education at RUSM.

“The clinical experience at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is an example of what many RUSM students may undergo during their clerkships,” said Peter Goetz, vice dean of administration at RUSM.

SJMO is a RUSM-affiliate teaching hospital where a significant number of RUSM students conduct all of their core rotations (e.g., Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery) during the third and fourth years of their medical school journey. One of the major reasons that RUSM established a relationship with SJMO is its similar focus on incorporating technology in medical education. 

Attendees were also able to experience what robotic surgery entails through the da Vinci® Surgical System. Prospective students manipulated mechanical hand controls to mimic precise incisions made during surgical procedures.

The event concluded with a reception where prospective students were able to get additional questions answered during individual discussions with RUSM faculty, administration, alumni and students.

Your Turn! Tour SJMO, Try Simulation Technology, and More Oct. 8

Get hands-on with SJMO's simulation technology and tour the facility at our Clinical Experience event on Saturday, Oct. 8. Learn more and sign up here.

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