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A rhapsody for healthcare education

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September 23, 2013

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When Arnold S. Gold­stein was a young man, years before he com­pleted his law degree, pub­lished his first of many books on entre­pre­neur­ship, or became pro­fessor of phar­macy and acting dean of what was then the Col­lege of Phar­macy and Allied Health Pro­fes­sions, his sister Ilene Order chal­lenged him to learn Rhap­sody in Blue for the piano. The com­po­si­tion, she said, was in his blood.

So, too, was an unquench­able thirst for knowl­edge, according to Goldstein’s wife, Mar­lene. Ignoring his inex­pe­ri­ence with the instru­ment, Gold­stein jumped on the chal­lenge, imme­di­ately get­ting his hands dirty as he learned to maneuver them over the keys.

It is pre­cisely this style of learning-​​by-​​doing that will be cel­e­brated and honed in the new Arnold S. Gold­stein Sim­u­la­tion Lab­o­ra­to­ries Suite in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences, which was unveiled on Thursday in a ribbon cut­ting ceremony.

In 2011, Mar­lene invested $2 mil­lion to name the new suite in memory of her late hus­band, who passed away in 2010. Orbis Edu­ca­tion, Bouvé’s partner in pro­viding online health­care edu­ca­tion pro­grams, has since invested another $500,000 in addi­tional funding. “This has been a dream come true. As I came to Bouvé it was an idea—now, with the help of many we have brought it to fruition,” said Terry Fulmer, Bouvé’s dean.

Thursday’s event fea­tured remarks from sev­eral of Goldstein’s family mem­bers and friends, all of whom high­lighted the former fac­ulty member’s thirst for knowl­edge and ded­i­ca­tion to North­eastern experiential-​​education model. “Arnold loved this uni­ver­sity and every­thing it stands for,” said Goldstein’s wife. “He would be very proud of what it is doing now.”

Provost Stephen W. Director, Orbis Edu­ca­tion Chief Product Officer Scott McCormick, North­eastern bene­factor Mar­lene Gold­stein, and Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences Dean Terry Fulmer cel­e­brated the inau­gu­ra­tion of the Arnold S. Gold­stein Sim­u­la­tion Lab­o­ra­to­ries Suite on Thursday. Photo by Casey Bayer.

“Bouvé is a hotbed of one of our most dis­tin­guishing fea­tures: expe­ri­en­tial learning,” added Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent of aca­d­emic affairs.

The lab suite fea­tures a host of video cap­ture tech­nolo­gies, four sim­u­la­tion bays, two debriefing rooms, and nine high fidelity patient sim­u­la­tors. It will facil­i­tate health­care instruc­tion, uti­lizing computer-​​driven man­nequins and life­like models, and will allow fac­ulty and stu­dents to repli­cate clin­ical symp­toms and mod­u­late real­istic human responses.

The suite will enable a col­lab­o­ra­tive learning envi­ron­ment for stu­dents across health professions—from nurses and physi­cian assis­tants to phys­ical ther­a­pists, speech lan­guage pathol­o­gists, and phar​ma​cists​.By training stu­dents in tech­niques designed to ensure patient safety, improve out­comes, and pre­vent med­ical errors, the sim­u­la­tion suite will have a sig­nif­i­cant impact on the next gen­er­a­tion of health­care providers and bol­ster national efforts in health edu­ca­tion, research, and service.

“The chal­lenge up until now is you’ve had people in hos­pi­tals being forced to work together but we weren’t edu­cating stu­dents to do that,” said asso­ciate clin­ical pro­fessor Jamie Musler, who directs the new facility. “At some point, if you’re going to change a cul­ture, whether it’s med­i­cine or any­thing else, you have to do it from the ground up.”

The facility reflects the university’s long­standing com­mit­ment to pro­viding state-​​of-​​the-​​art facil­i­ties that sup­port research and teaching. “To my father North­eastern has always been one of the top uni­ver­si­ties in the world but just needed to grow into that role,” said Meredith Gold­stein. “And he was proud because he knew this before anyone else did. What­ever North­eastern wanted to become, he believed it was possible.”

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