Campus Hosts Traveling Medical Training Center
Aug 13, 2012
On Wednesday and Thursday, August 1st and 2nd, the Pikeville Campus hosted the Medtronic Satellite Training Center which held spinal surgery trainings for area neurosurgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons, physician assistants, surgical technologists, and other medical professionals. Medtronic also held classroom and in-lab trainings for the campus nursing and medical assisting students. This was the first time that students have been invited to participate in trainings in the satellite training lab.
According to Theresa McGrann, Eastern Kentucky territory representative for Medtronic, the satellite training center travels across the U.S. and holds trainings for over 2,000 surgeons each year. Experts in spinal therapies lead the cadaveric-trainings which give area surgeons hands-on practice using new techniques, implants, and instruments.
Ms. McGrann gave the nursing and medical assisting students an orientation to spine surgeries, approaches, techniques, and anatomy then brought them into the lab for them to actually see what they had just discussed.
“This is the first time that we’ve ever done this in the country,” said Chad Miller, district manager for Medtronic. “In the past, we’ve always done training for [registered nurses] but this is the first time that we’ve done this at the root of their training…it’s a lot easier to learn early in your career as opposed to late in your career.”
Melissa Howard, who has just 13 more weeks remaining in her nursing program at National, said that seeing the spinal surgeries first-hand brings a more in-depth prospective to the information she’s read in her text books. “If you can see it in person, it gives you a better idea of how everything will work,” she explained adding that she also learned a lot about how bodies are used when they are donated to science. “They’re very respectful,” she said. She feels she will be better prepared to speak with patients and their families about donations because of the experience.
Wilma Storey, the campus’s director of health care education, said that the visit to the Medtronic lab was an outstanding learning experience for the campus medical students. “This is the greatest opportunity they can have with actually getting to see (and with some hands-on) the human body,” said Wilma. “It will give them a leg up…especially with their anatomy and physiology classes. We’re very lucky to have it here on campus.”
In the top photo, Theresa McGrann, Eastern Kentucky Territory Representative for Medtronic, is pictured leading a training on spinal surgeries for the nursing students. In the bottom photo, nursing students are pictured with the Medtronic satellite training mobile.
Medical: Nursing - Associate Degree (ADN)