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.
It’s an exciting time to be a psychiatrist because there’s an explosion of knowledge that is beginning to give us an understanding of how disordered brain circuits contribute to the development of psychiatric illnesses.
I try to look at each individual patient and assess what the patient’s need is and what the patient’s preference is. I can’t think of any depressed patient who I treat with medication alone because patients are more than neurocircuits or collections of neurotransmitters in the brain. They’re human beings who have psychological processes, as well as biological processes operating.