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.
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Colorectal surgery is an interesting field because when you initially tell people what you do, they may be put off. They may think that, ‘Oh. That involves the bowel or waste.’ And, it may not be very attractive. Indeed my mother has trouble telling people what I do sometimes. But I find it to be very rewarding. A large percentage of people in this country will have a problem with their intestinal tract at some time in their lives and that may require them to see a gastroenterologist or a colorectal surgeon. We can cure the vast majority of the things that we see.
In addition to more advanced and less invasive operations, one of the big processes that we’re trying to promote is early intervention — finding tumors before they become advanced, finding cancers before they spread, finding polyps before they become cancers. We have an inherited polyp and cancer registry here at Rush University — which is one of the few in the nation — which helps us identify people who are at increased risk for both colon and rectal cancer. And, by finding these lesions early, we can often avoid getting the cancer entirely, such as removing polyps, or finding cancers when they’re very early and very treatable.