New OSU medical school building takes teaching to the next level

The Tandy Medical Academic Building also has virtual reality training, patient exam rooms and classrooms for the students (KTUL).

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – OSU Center for Health Sciences celebrated their grand opening of the new A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building Friday.

Joseph Johnson, associate dean of project ECHO, believes it’s going to change the way students learn.

“This is going to be a state of the art training center for not only our medical students but for our residency programs as well as our community partners,” he said.

The center’s manikins are one of the facility’s big talkers. The manikins talk, breath and can even give birth.

Residency student Donald Sanders saw them for the first time at the grand opening.

“I wish we would have had something like this when I was going through medical school and even early on in my residency training,” he said.

In charge of all the simulations, David Knight and Sarah White.

“We are the only two healthcare operations specialists in the state of Oklahoma,” said White.

Meaning they know what they are doing.

“The first manikins that we dealt with had rubber legs,” she said. “They didn’t have the breathing and the fancy technology that we do now. It’s just incredible to see where we started from to two decades later where we are today.”

Each room is different. In the surgery room, students can learn to make incisions. In the ER, they take care of real medical problems and then in the birthing suite, they work through pregnancy complications.

“We could have problems with the placenta, issues with the umbilical cord and along those lines,” said Corey Babb, clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

Even though Babb and his students have used manikins in the past, this is a gamechanger.

“The first time I was sitting in here, kind of before we did our initial training, she starts blinking,” he said. “That’s kind of like oh my gosh this is really kind of bordering on that lifelike simulation. It’s an amazing tool that we have.”

Sanders will finish his residency in six months. He can’t wait to see how this technology will help future students.

“I think this is going to help improve the quality of physicians that OSU Center for Health Sciences produces and help us better take care of patients in the real world,” he said.

The Tandy Medical Academic Building also has virtual reality training, patient exam rooms and classrooms for the students.

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