PCOM Invests $3M+ in Georgia Clinical Learning and Assessment Center Renovation
June 10, 2016
Students will soon have access to a new and improved Clinical Learning and Assessment Center, known to students, faculty and staff as “the CLAC,” as part of the $3+ million renovation
at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) this summer.
The CLAC, housed in the College’s Old Peachtree Road building, gives GA-PCOM students
the opportunity to practice clinical skills, develop crucial communication abilities,
and demonstrate that they have achieved clinical competence. Through the use of standardized
patients or patient actors and human patient simulators, the center provides students
with the opportunity to practice techniques and diagnosis in a supportive environment
prior to treating real patients.
Sophisticated wireless mannequins with human-like skin, the patient simulators can
breathe, talk or cry in direct response to a students’ touch and interactions. Students
practice handling a broad range of real world scenarios – from taking vital signs
and inserting an IV to traumatic injuries and delivering a baby. The simulators are
operated remotely by clinical staff in a nearby control room, and each simulation
room is equipped with video systems to record the students' interactions and evaluate
their performance with faculty and fellow students.
Originally an 1,800-square-foot facility consisting of five patient exam rooms and
three simulation rooms, the CLAC is undergoing major renovations to accommodate the
College’s increase in student enrollment. In addition to the control room, reception
area and administrative offices, the newly-renovated CLAC will expand to 7,000 square
feet and feature four simulation rooms and 10 patient exam rooms, as well as an upgrade
in equipment and technology. GA-PCOM plans for the CLAC to be operational in time
for the 2016-2017 academic year.
About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institution of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), a premier osteopathic medical school with
a storied 125-year history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine,
pharmacy, and physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical
laboratory science, and physician assistant studies. The campus joins PCOM South Georgia
in Moultrie in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state. Emphasizing "a whole
person" approach to care, PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional
education and service to the community. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcomgeorgiahealth.org.