CAMC is expanding its role as an Academic Medical Center and its commitment to providing simulation training, education, research and learning experiences to staff, employees and health care professionals throughout our state with its new, state-of-the-art Center for Learning and Research.
Located across from CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston, WV, the Center for Learning and Research opened in August 2023 to provide residents, nurses and a variety of medical professionals the most life-like, realistic clinical training environment to learn, practice skills and utilize new equipment with a safe transfer of skills and knowledge to patient care. The Center also serves as a learning environment for residents and students from affiliated universities nationwide. The Center for Learning and Research includes:
- 3 operating rooms
- 1 critical care room
- Labor and Delivery suite
- 5 training rooms
- 8 inpatient rooms
- 6 outpatient rooms
The CAMC Foundation launched the Knowledge at the Center of Care campaign to raise $6 million from the community to help construct the facility and outfit it with the latest technology and equipment including:
- Anatomage 3D anatomy and virtual dissection platform
- Immersive virtual reality training simulation software
- High fidelity lifelike training mannequins
Advanced simulation training includes:
Actors are trained to play the roles of patients to allow students to practice physical exam skills, history-taking skills, problem-solving, and communication skills.
High-fidelity simulators and mannequins breathe with lifelike sounds and have heart tones and pulses. Mannequins have monitors that can display EKG, pulse oximeter, blood pressure, arterial waveforms, pulmonary artery waveforms, anesthetic gases, etc. Procedures can be performed on the simulators such as bag-mask ventilation, intubation, defibrillation, chest tube placement and others.
Advanced computerized technology allows students to learn and practice how to perform a variety of procedures, including cardiac catheterizations, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, ureteroscopy, laparoscopic surgery, intravenous line placement, etc.
This type of training uses products to learn or practice a specific medical skill, such as intubation heads, central venous line chests and intraosseous line legs.
This type of training uses computer programs that allow the student to practice decision-making skills and specific knowledge sets such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) trainers and trauma management trainers.