The Arnold S. Gold­stein Sim­u­la­tion Lab­o­ra­to­ries Suite in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences has been up and run­ning now for seven months—and already stu­dents such as senior Mary Williams, BHS’14, are feeling the impact of the cutting-​​edge training lab.

The lab suite fea­tures video-​​capture tech­nology, four sim­u­la­tion bays, two debriefing rooms, and nine patient sim­u­la­tors. Together, they’re designed to facil­i­tate health­care instruc­tion by uti­lizing computer-​​driven man­nequins and life­like models with which stu­dents and fac­ulty can repli­cate clin­ical symp­toms and mod­u­late real­istic human responses.

Williams is among a group of nursing stu­dents that used the lab for its senior cap­stone project on devel­oping an effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion strategy in an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary hos­pital set­ting. The cap­stone involved cre­ating videos that com­pared the cor­rect and incor­rect ways for an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team to com­mu­ni­cate in three hypo­thet­ical hos­pital sce­narios. Their work, she said, could serve as a learning tool for health­care pro­fes­sionals and students.

On Monday, April 7, Williams observed from the Gold­stein Sim­u­la­tion Lab­o­ra­to­ries Suite’s con­trol room as other under­grad­uate nursing stu­dents went through train­ings in the lab. The exer­cise involved diag­nosing and treating patients suf­fering from acute pan­cre­atitis. The stu­dents had to listen and react as the “patient”—a man­nequin voiced by another stu­dent located in the con­trol room—bellowed in agony as she described her mock symp­toms. This hands-​​on training, Williams said, can pro­vide invalu­able expe­ri­ence, par­tic­u­larly before stu­dents embark on expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties at hos­pi­tals or health clinics.

I could see how you could walk right into a co-​​op and be pre­pared,” she said. “This lab has already had a huge impact on me.”

Williams watched the exer­cises with a group of Bouvé fac­ulty and staff and Gordon Thompson, DMSB’80, MBA’84, the chief exec­u­tive officer for Westnet, Inc., a dis­trib­utor of med­ical sup­plies and equip­ment, life sci­ence prod­ucts, and indus­trial paper. Thompson’s com­pany had just donated a large amount of much-​​needed sup­plies for use in the sim­u­la­tion suite—among them gloves, ban­dage rolls, and syringes.

As he toured the space on Monday, Thompson’s fas­ci­na­tion and curiosity was palpable. “This is very impres­sive,” said Thompson, who asked a variety of ques­tions including what other sup­plies the suite still needs and whether the stu­dents’ training ses­sions include behav­ioral inter­ven­tions with patients. Ear­lier in the day, Thompson met with Terry Fulmer, dean of the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences. “I hope it will give you great sat­is­fac­tion to see your gift in action here in Bouvé and the sim­u­la­tion lab­o­ra­to­ries,” she told Thompson. “We are thrilled by this part­ner­ship and hope that this is the begin­ning of a con­tinued collaboration.“

North­eastern offi­cially unveiled the Gold­stein Sim­u­la­tion Lab­o­ra­to­ries Suite, located in Behrakis Center, in Sep­tember 2013. Mar­lene Gold­stein invested $2 mil­lion to name the new sim­u­la­tion lab­o­ra­to­ries suite in memory of her late hus­band, Arnold S. Gold­stein, P’61, PhD’90. Arnold Gold­stein, who passed away in 2010, was a pro­fessor of phar­macy at North­eastern and had served as acting dean in what was then the Col­lege of Phar­macy and Allied Health Professions.

The suite is designed to enable a col­lab­o­ra­tive learning envi­ron­ment for stu­dents across health professions—from nurses and physi­cian assis­tants to phys­ical ther­a­pists, speech lan­guage pathol­o­gists, and phar­ma­cists. 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.

To learn more about the Arnold S. Gold­stein Sim­u­la­tion Suite, please con­tact director Jamie Musler at j.​musler@​neu.​edu