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Gift to UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation Helps Keep Medical Clinicians Prepared

On October 2, The University of Tennessee Medical Center and the UT Graduate School of Medicine recognized the generous gift of $300,000 to the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation from Mike West and Back Porch Vista Capital Management. The unveiling of the plaque occurred on the anniversary of the Front Street Baptist Church bus accident. It provided the occasion to show how the Simulation Center is utilized for medical education throughout the region.

"In an emergency great teamwork by a well-trained team saves lives," said Mike West, CEO of Back Porch Vista. "Access to great training is key. We are happy to help sponsor this resource and be better prepared if there's a tragedy like the bus crash a year ago."

When rapid and accurate assessment, along with the ability to resuscitate and stabilize is required, skills needed to manage critically injured patients must be instinctive. Such instincts are acquired through training and dedicated practice which is facilitated at the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation.

The UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation, run by the UT Graduate School of Medicine and located on the UT Medical Center campus, is the place where physicians, nurses, pharmacists and many other clinical staff - locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally - perfect their skills in not only treating and caring for critically injured patients, but for all patients. At the simulation center, new techniques are taught and practiced, surgeries are rehearsed, and medical teams use hands-on and realistic exercises of various life threatening scenarios in order to be prepared for whatever may occur.

"Continual improvement in patient care and safety through education, practice and assessment is the goal of the Simulation Center," said Dr. Paul J. Huffstutter, assistant professor and co-medical director of the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation. "Medical simulation is perhaps the most significant advance in the way we train and learn the practice of medicine during the last decade. Advanced simulation centers cannot excel without the philanthropic support exhibited by Mr. West and Back Porch Vista Capital Management and we are extremely grateful for this type of support."

Posted October 5, 2014

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