AUA offers numerous opportunities on campus to help students become successful physicians.
Simulated Learning Center
The Simulated Learning Center is equipped with sophisticated training simulators for students and physicians, including SimMan 3G®, SimBaby™, Harvey®, and Noelle®. These simulators incorporate challenging clinical scenarios by utilizing the latest interactive software. Clinical skill assessments are performed individually and in small-group sessions.
Simulation allows students to apply their preclinical sciences knowledge to clinical situations, giving them an advantage when they begin clinical rotations.
SimMan 3G® is a lifelike simulation tool used to help medical students learn to treat patients in dozens of clinical scenarios. SimMan includes a controllable open/closed airway passage, realistic breathing and pulse, bilateral chest tube insertion, and simulated hemorrhaging, and he even sheds tears.
SimBaby™ is an advanced infant patient simulator used to help train students and physicians in infant care. Simbaby’s lifelike anatomy includes realistic breathing, circulation, and vascular access points. Learn more about SimBaby in the video.
Noelle® is a birthing simulator that provides the complete birthing experience from prenatal to birth. It provides students with the skills they need for OB/GYN clinical rotations. Noelle includes a realistic birth canal, C-section abdominal inserts, simulated human tissue, and programmed delivery system – either rapid response or a long labor.
Harvey®, a cardiopulmonary simulator, is known as the gold standard of educational tools for first responders, physicians, and military personnel. It includes 25 different cardiac functions, including varying blood pressure, pulse, heart sounds and murmurs. Harvey® has been endorsed by the American College of Cardiology Task Force. He appears in videos that are a part of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s computer-based skills recertification exam as well.
Clinical Skills Lab
Preclinical Sciences students need to be thoroughly familiar with the clinical skills that will be required of them when they begin their clinical clerkships.
The Clinical Skills Lab provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable experience in communicating with healthcare professionals and working as members of a healthcare team. After participating in this lab, students will be better prepared to begin their clinical rotations in affiliated teaching hospitals.
Anatomy labs at AUA are equipped and designed to provide a good foundation in anatomy. The labs contain 3D V.H. dissector computer stations. The computer stations provide instant access to Adams Atlas and prerecorded prosected demos. Plastinated human body part specimens, models, X-rays, CT and MRI sections are also available. The lab’s dissection demos are captured and displayed on five high- definition monitors, using HD audiovisual systems.
Emergency Medicine Training Center
The American Heart Association™ International Training Center was established in partnership with the Mayo Clinic. Aimed at instilling the critical components of basic life support (BLS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) for both adult and pediatric patients, the Center’s programs integrate academic knowledge and skill proficiency. Students are taught airway and IV management and electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythm recognition. Simulated emergency code scenarios are utilized to enhance critical thinking skills. All programs are required components of the Preclinical Sciences curriculum.
Osler & Crumpler Suites
The Osler and Crumpler Suites are designed to take our students out of the classroom and place them in a simulated ward. Medical students have the opportunity to see standardized and professional patients, refine their bedside manner, history taking, and diagnostic skills, which are essential skills for clinical rotations.
The AUA Library provides seating for 800 students and is open seven days a week. Areas within the library are designated as quiet study areas for group discussions and group study rooms. Wi-Fi is available everywhere on campus. The library also includes desktop computers and printers.
Faculty and students have access to textbooks and biomedical eBooks, databases, clinical knowledge- bases, and eJournals. Students are afforded full online access to AUA’s entire library catalog.
Featured resources include:
- eBook collections: ClinicalKey, AccessMedicine, and LWW Health Library
- Clinical Knowledge-bases: UpToDate, DynaMed
- Specialized databases: Bates Visual Guide to Physical Examination, Acland’s Visual Atlas of the Human Body, A.D.A.M.
All of these information resources including textbooks that are needed for AUA courses are available to students outside of the AUA Library through the university’s online learning management system.
AUA classrooms are designed around the Homeroom Concept, which guides our curriculum. Each student is assigned to a Homeroom of no more than 20 students and two faculty facilitators. One facilitator works with a small group of 10 students for the majority of their learning activities. Students have extended access hours to their classrooms and every necessary digital tool at their fingertips. Each classroom is equipped with high-speed network connection at every seat, blanket Wi-Fi coverage, and high-definition video.