Patient Simulators Help Save LivesThe new Rush Clinical Skills and Simulation Center uses sophisticated dummies to simulate real-world patient care — from serious heart conditions to the flu — for students and health care workers from Rush University Medical Center.
We live in an era now where we have medication commercials for prescription medications on the television, on the Internet, on the radio. And while they may be good informative tools for the patients to think about certain things, I think at the end of each one of those commercials there’s always a disclaimer that, “Please discuss these with your physician.” Where the physician can come in is give focus to some of this information and can guide the patient into saying, “Well, that information is based on this. This information is based on fact. This information is just speculation. This information is purely commercial. This information has this — these are the people who have supplied this information.”
A good internist will always know which problems you have to worry about, or which problems you do not have to worry about. And I think for the average patient at large, I think that’s what they’re looking for. They’re just looking for clarity. “I’ve heard all of these things. What do I worry about?”