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Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills Center

Registered Media Can Get a Firsthand View of Physicians and Medical Students Learning and Fine-Tuning Procedure, Examination, and Assessment Skills

The Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills Center is a dynamic collection of educational activities that offers physicians hands-on activities and simulation models focusing on office-based procedures, examination skills, and assessment and interpretation skills. Internal Medicine 2011 also features a simulated patient, “Harvey,” who can replicate 40 different heart sounds -- helping participants improve their cardiac diagnostic skills.

The Clinical Skills Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. April 7 through April 9 and offers good visuals and interesting story angles. Highlights of activities are below.

Note: Press office staff escort is required for reporters to visit the Clinical Skills Center. Photography and video may be permitted, but reporters must first ask for the subject's approval.

Physical Examination Tutorials: Participants will perform examinations and receive feedback in the following clinical skill areas: pelvic examination, breast examination, and male urogenital examination.

Cardiac Diagnosis with Harvey®, the Cardiopulmonary Patient Simulator: Participants will learn the most important bedside cardiac findings by using Harvey®, the cardiopulmonary patient simulator.

Neurologic Examination of the Comatose Patient: Participants will learn the proper assessment of the patient with altered mental status.

Ankle-Brachial Index by Doppler: Participants will learn tips on wrapping cuffs, finding the arteries with the Doppler probe, testing accuracy, and interpreting test results.

Arthrocentesis and Bursal Injections: Participants will learn the anatomical landmarks used to identify injection sites as well as the steps for performing arthrocentesis and bursal injection by using joint models for practice.

Incision and Drainage of Abscesses: Using simulation models, participants will learn how to incise, drain, irrigate, and pack abscesses.

Lumbar Puncture: Participants will watch a demonstration of lumbar puncture technique and then practice the procedure on simulation models.

Skin Biopsy and Cryosurgery: Participants will learn how to perform a variety of skin biopsy and cryosurgery techniques.

Soft-Tissue Injections: This workshop will concentrate on the most common type of localized musculoskeletal conditions that affect tendons, bursae, and soft-tissue compartments.

Suturing Skills: Participants will learn a number of different suturing techniques.

Evolution of the Clinical Skills Center

Originally dubbed The Learning Center, the Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills Center was launched in the mid-1990s and started simply as a small collection of hands-on activities and learning resources designed to update physicians’ examination techniques and knowledge of electronic resources. Word quickly spread about the Learning Center and the opportunity it provided to update skills that physicians learned years ago.

Under the guidance of Herbert Waxman, MD, FACP, former Senior Vice President of ACP’s Medical Knowledge and Education Division, the Learning Center expanded each year beyond simply “refreshing” techniques, going from a small collection of activities held in a conference room to a premier educational event.

New activities were added and capacity was increased to keep pace with demand. Workshops in a variety of office-based procedures were added, giving physicians the opportunity to learn skills that would expand their ability to care for their patients.

In 2001, a one-day ACP Pre-Annual Session Course, modeled after the Learning Center, earned the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education’s award for the “Most Outstanding Certified Live CME Activity.”

To honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Waxman after his passing in 2003, the ACP Board of Regents approved changing the name of the Learning Center to the Herbert S. Waxman Learning Center.

By 2006, over 2,500 participants were taking part in the various Learning Center offerings and the emphasis on procedural skills continued to grow. The Learning Center also underwent another name change, becoming the Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills Center to reflect the center’s focus on hands-on training.

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