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Medical students experience trauma training in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Medical students from across the West Coast were able to participate in a unique, intensive surgical and trauma training program at Strategic Operations, Inc. in Kearny Mesa.

The week-long training included simulations of active shooters, car crashes and explosions.

“This is a unique practice learning environment for medical students, there is nothing else like it in the world,” said Dean Gubler, professor of surgery, military medicine.

Second-year medical students from Western University, Rocky Vista University and Touro University participated in the training. All 42 students are on a US military scholarship program that requires them to complete the course.

“We’re learning how to put things in a very realistic environment, we’re part of a television film studio, we use all the techniques of television and the film business, applying everything from putting together extremely realistic scenarios to the sets, the props, the special effects said Kit Lavell, executive vice president for strategic operations.

Students can operate on mannequins and real people with a bodysuit that they can cut into and operate on as well.

“It really feels more real than you’d expect,” said Heather Martin, a sophomore at Rocky Vista University.

Martin says she’ll be following her stint in the Air Force and that this week taught her about possible real-life scenarios she’ll have to do after graduation.

“You know, this is the career I’ve chosen, this is what I want to do, this is something that’s important, what I’m learning here is something that will help not to make mistakes, not to freeze, not to screw up when it’s really important,” Martin said.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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