Medical education at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix has received a big boost with the latest in simulation technology from SynDaver Labs, and the city of Phoenix will get an economic boost as well.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Dean Dr. Stuart D. Flynn and SynDaver Labs president Christopher Sakezles on Wednesday announced an exclusive collaboration between the medical school and Tampa, Fla.,-based SynDaver Labs, which manufactures the world's most sophisticated synthetic human tissues and body parts. Sakezles said the collaboration could create up to 1,000 jobs over the next several years.
"We are bringing SynDaver to the forefront of medical education," said Dr. Teresa Wu, an emergency room physician at Maricopa Medical Center and faculty member of the college. "We are developing a team of practitioners that is going to help enhance medical education and improve patient safety."
The announcement was made during in an exclusive demonstration event at the Arizona Center for Simulation and Experiential Learning, on the fourth floor of the Health Sciences Education Building on campus.
"This collaboration places our college on a trajectory as a national leader among elite medical schools in simulation technology," Flynn said. "We are ensuring medical education is not just on the cutting edge, but visionary in preparing our students to serve for the decades to come."
Developed by SynDaver Labs, the teaching tools helps in anatomy and physiology instruction for medical and other health-related education.
"This is all about medical education and reducing the cost of health care in general," said Sakezles, the founder of SynDaver Labs. "Simulation is one of the ways we are going to do that. This particular technology is transformational. It's been in the works for about two decades now."
The technology is used to replace live animals, cadavers and human patients in clinical training and surgical simulation.
"SynDaver models are unique and they are one of the best in the country, they were actually developed to allow medical students the opportunity to practice procedures and to develop skills they normally would have to do on patients in the past," Wu said. "But now they have these task trainers that are realistic and life-like that they can practice their procedures on prior to doing it on a live patient.”
The simulation center is a new, state-of-the-art endeavor that combines technology with health care-focused education. Students get to learn the difficulties faced every day in the medical world, no matter how much experience they have. The simulation lab can be set up to encompass a wide variety of situations, training the students for the world they will soon enter in real patient care.