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Tuba City brings gastroenterology patient simulator to rural Arizona

Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) Department of General/Trauma Surgery recently added a gastroenterology (GI) patient simulator.

With over 30 tasks and patient scenarios, the GI Mentor simulator will help provide training to students, residents and physicians at TCRHCC in gastrointestinal upper and lower endoscopic procedures.

Gastroenterology Patient Simulator

“The role of simulation is important in medical training and education,” said Vanessa Jensen, M.D., a General/Trauma Surgeon and Director of TCRHCC General Surgery Clerkships. “These progressive technologies allow for surgical residents to experience multiple situations in an environment that mimics a variety of surgical endoscopy scenarios.”

TCRHCC’s administration have made it a priority to keep continually plan with the future in mind, meaning more and newer training technology to train the next generation of health providers.

“TCRHCC is a quiet leader among quality physicians, and building programs that promote safety and quality are at the forefront of our surgical professional team,” said Lynette Bonar, CEO of the healthcare company.

Medical students, certified nurse anesthetist students, midwifery students, dental students, pharmacy students and medical residents from many disciplines including internal and family medicine, general surgery and obstetrics and gynecology learned at Tuba City. They come from partner universities, like the University of Arizona, and across the United States to experience practicing medicine in a rural area like the Navajo Reservation.

“It takes a team effort to train the surgeons of tomorrow and I’m very grateful for Dr. Jensen to build and oversee the simulation lab for our residents and staff,” said Kathleen Harner, academic dean with Department of Academic Affairs and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at TCRHCC. “The goal of the simulation training is to ensure that patient safety is foremost important.”

Harner noted how there are only four centers in the region that have the simulator, and only one gives the Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES). Now, TCHRCC is part of that group.

“I commend Dr. Kathleen Harner and our Administration at TCRHCC for their efforts to advance our surgical training to the next level for the benefit of our patients and our future surgeons and doctors,” said Jensen.

Jensen said these technologies allow TCRHCC to provide quality and safe healthcare, and these strides will help it remain the premiere Endoscopic Center on the Navajo Nation.

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