Podiatry students use high-fidelity simulation to practice problem solving.
An SMU podiatry student practices
At the start of their clinical training, all second-year Podiatry students at Samuel Merritt University (SMU) spend a month in the Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC). Under the careful guidance of a member of SMU's podiatric medicine faculty, they actively participate — two days a week for a total of eight days — in patient simulations designed to cover the fundamentals of:
- completing a thorough patient history and physical exam
- common clinic practice situations
- operating room etiquette
- prepping and draping a surgical patient for a procedure.
The clinical situations covered are those commonly encountered by podiatric physicians, including diabetic foot risk assessment, heel pain, peripheral artery disease, foot infections and ulcerations. Students are also assessed on aspects of professionalism, such as empathy, cultural competency and ethics.