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.
I got really attracted to psychiatry because you are helping patients when they’re very, very vulnerable — you’re talking about things that patients may not be discussing with really anybody else, including their family, their wives, their husbands, their clergy. And so it offers an ability to really attempt connect with somebody, to really attempt to understand their illness, and help.
Success is defined by the patient usually. And what I mean by that is — what is it that’s going on with the patient? So if they’re so depressed that they’re laying in bed all day, and they’ve lost their job because they can’t go to work, well, a successful thing might be getting them up and out, doing something structured for a little while, then graduating into going back to work. And that might be a huge success for them — even if they still feel sad sometimes, or even if they still cry sometimes, but their functionality has improved, for example. So it really depends on the patient, on the severity of their symptoms.