Mobile medical training is even coming to the parking lot of UND’s medical school – Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS – Simulation In Motion – North Dakota (SIM-ND), a mobile project of UND’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences Simulation Center, the North Dakota Department of Health and several health providers in the region to host an open house event on Wednesday May 25.

The event will take place on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the SMHS. SIM-ND is a statewide mobile education system where replica emergency rooms, ambulances and high-fidelity human patient simulators are embedded in several 40-foot trucks that travel across the state to help train pre-hospital and hospital personnel in a variety of patient cases. Members of the UND and Grand Forks communities are invited to attend.

SIM-ND has been less active since 2020 due to the pandemic, but program leader Dr. Jon Allen said the time is right to ramp up operations statewide.

“With the ability to deliver training to the doorstep of critical accessible hospitals, EMS units and military units, we are able to deliver the desired and needed training that would otherwise be missed,” said Allen, who also serves as director of the SMHS Simulation Center. † “Thanks to the great support from some of the major hospitals in the state and UND, we can do this free of charge for the graduating student. That is only possible with a great team, such as we have at SIM-ND.”

Medical providers working with the SMHS on the SIM-ND program include Altru Health System, Essentia Health-Fargo, Sanford Health-Fargo, and Trinity Health.

Grants from the Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust allowed the Simulation Center and the North Dakota Department of Health to design and implement SIM-ND with four large trucks equipped with adult, child, infant and birth manikins. The teaching aids are high-fidelity computerized mannequins that talk, breathe, bleed, and can respond to medications and other student actions.

The event is free and open to the public.

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