Health Professions Students to Hone Medical Skills During Simulation Exercise

OGDEN, Utah – The Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions at Weber State University plans to hold an interdisciplinary medical skills exercise on April 1.

The exercise, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. in the C. William Stromberg Complex, offers students and faculty in all eight of the college’s academic departments an opportunity to gain experience working together and treating multiple patients in an emergency situation.

The training session builds on a similar exercise the college held in November 2009.

Jeff Grunow, associate professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Care & Rescue at WSU, helped plan both exercises. Grunow said this year’s drill will offer a scenario with multiple victims/patients, portrayed by WSU theater majors. Members of the university’s ROTC battalion also will take part in the drill.

“A simulation exercise like this introduces our students to interdisciplinary participation, much like what they will encounter in the clinical environment,” Grunow said.

As the exercise progresses, students in paramedics, nursing, medical laboratory sciences, dental hygiene, health administration, radiologic sciences and respiratory therapy programs will participate in responding to and treating patients. Sally Cantwell, an assistant professor of nursing is coordinating the clinical scenarios.

Grunow, a retired Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, drew on his military experience in developing the exercise. The simulation will include observers and controllers.

“In the military, observers watch the exercise and offer critiques of how things went. Some of our faculty from each discipline will serve that role,” Grunow said. Controllers are people in the simulation who help nudge the process forward if the exercise stalls, such as suggesting 911 be called if no one thinks to summon paramedics.

Reporters interested in covering the exercise should contact Grunow at the number or e-mail address listed below.

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Jeff Grunow, assistant professor and chair, Emergency Care & Rescue
801-626-6521 •

Sally Cantwell, assistant nursing professor
801-626-7858  •

John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 •