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Donations provide pediatric training equipment

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) recently received several infant manikins that will be used to teach medical students safe intubation, catheterization and other medical procedures on newborns and babies. The manikins, purchased with donations to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger, are sophisticated, high-tech anatomical models of the human body.

The manikins will be used in GCSOM’s Simulation Center, where students also gain clinical skills in simulations with adult manikins and in structured encounters with standardized patients, local volunteers who play the part of patients.

“We are grateful to Children’s Miracle Network for their generous gift,” said Diana Callender, MBBS, associate dean for undergraduate medical education simulation and simulation-based assessment and director of the Clinical Skills & Simulation Center. “Newborns and babies obviously differ greatly from adult patients. It’s important to train our students to care for them safely. These manikins are an indispensable aid in that training.”

The equipment carried a total price tag of nearly $4,300, all of which was provided with donations.

“Teaching tomorrow’s doctors is important work,” said Kate Billmeyer, development specialist, Northeast Region, Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger. “Children’s Miracle Network is happy to provide the tools that will make caring for children a central part of their medical education.”

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