STEM Students Learn that Working with Medical Dummies Takes Real Smarts

A student gowns up to place a chest tube in TraumaMan

Simulab hosts a group of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program students from Cleveland High School. Seattle, WA— June 10, 2015 —Seattle-based medical simulator manufacturer, Simulab, hosted a group of twelve high school juniors from the STEM program at Seattle Public Schools for the entire week of June 8 - 12. This event was part of the Job Shadowing program, where students get the opportunity to learn firsthand about job skills and careers. In return, Simulab gets the chance to introduce talented students to the unique world of medical simulation. Several of the students chose Simulab because they have plans to go into the medical profession. They were particularly excited when they got to do some actual hands-on suturing and surgical techniques on the simulators. “I thought the instruments were really cool,” states an aspiring veterinary student. When asked if getting some hands-on experience feeling TraumaMan's inflating and deflating lungs made a him more excited to pursue a career in pediatrics, another student beamed, “For sure!”. Each student was matched to a mentor within the company with a job similar to that student’s own career goals. In addition, each of the company’s management team shared his or her own educational and career path—how did they get to where they are now—and what advice would each offer his or her 17-year-old self. “Our team has been very excited for this opportunity to spend an entire week mentoring these future stars of STEM careers,” states Doug Beighle, President and COO of Simulab. “This Job Shadow Program allows businesses to reach out to students. One of our company’s core principals is ‘to have a positive work environment’—and mentoring these great kids has added to our positive culture.” For additional information, see /blog/stem-students-learn-working-medical-dummies-takes-real-smarts and www.facebook.com/simulab.

About Simulab® Corporation. Simulab has been described as a practical engineering and manufacturing company—with a bit of mad scientist thrown in for good measure. We are truly passionate about human simulation. Our goal over the past 20 years has always been to create flexible, portable, affordable, and clinically relevant substitutes for both animal and human subjects used in medical training. But we have never been satisfied with “good enough.” Simulab is constantly pushing the bounds of human realism. We will not be satisfied until we have created a human mimic so perfect that participants will feel immersed—truly and completely—in each and every procedure. Each day we get a little closer.

About STEM Washington. Washington STEM is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing excellence, equity, and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in Washington State.

For more information about Cleveland STEM High School, visit: http://clevelandhs.seattleschools.org/

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Contact Information: Shakti Gonzalez or Doug Beighle 206-297-1260 [email protected] or [email protected]