To help students achieve competency in patient skills, medical procedures and interpersonal communication with patients and colleagues, the University of Kansas School of Medicine in early 2001 proposed the development of a clinical skills laboratory. This facility has been designed to help students develop proficiency in essential clinical skills. Major funding for the skills lab was made possible through the generosity of the Delbert D. Neis family.
The Delbert D. Neis Clinical Skills Laboratory (NCSL) was officially dedicated in September 2002. The lab has 4,000 square feet for mock exam and procedure rooms where medical students can work to develop their clinical skills. This dedicated space contains resources that allows for the full development of this program, and students can learn and practice the variety of essential clinical skills that are expected of our graduates.
The NCSL contains simulation equipment that can be programmed to teach students fundamentals of cardiac life support as well as other medical conditions. Each exam room is equipped with video cameras to record students' performance for evaluation and remediation purposes. Standardized patients and physical exam teaching assistants are people who are specifically hired and trained to assist students learn and develop clinical procedures. Students participate in a number of assignments designed to hone their skills at taking a patient's health history, conducting physical exams, and creating patient electronic records.