Jump Simulation Center to train future College of Medicine students with technology

by Mariah Schaefer – Daily Illini

When the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine opens its doors to students in approximately three years, a new technological facility will help prepare medical professionals for a future in a technology-driven field.

The creation of the Jump Simulation Center, which was announced in late June, was made possible by a $10 million gift from University alumnus Bill DiSomma, who owns Jump Trading, a Chicago-based trading firm.

DiSomma also helped create the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center in Peoria, which has a partnership with the University of Illinois.

“The DiSomma Foundation was instrumental in forming the big simulation center in Peoria, and so they gave us this new, big, generous grant to start our own simulation center for the new College of Medicine here,” said Kesh Kesavadas, director of the Health Care Engineering Systems Center, who will co-direct the Urbana center with the Peoria center’s chief medical officer, John Vozenilek.

The Peoria center focuses on research in simulation and education, while the Urbana center will focus on teaching medical students through simulation.

The Jump Simulation Center will be located in the basement of Everitt Laboratory, and it will be completed by the time the first students of the College of Medicine arrive on campus in 2018. The center is now under architectural design.

“When we learned that we are going to have a new engineering-based College of Medicine, we realized very early on that having a world-class simulation facility here will be very beneficial for our college, be very beneficial for the engineering-based education that we are going to give our future physicians and doctors,” Kesavadas said.

He said the purpose of using simulation is to train medical professionals without having to use human beings all the time.

There will be several simulation technologies available to students at the center: standardized patients, mannequin-based simulators, and virtual reality simulators.

“In a simulation facility, the basic idea is that you have clinical environment that you set up; you set up like a mock ICU or a mock OR or a mock patient interaction room, and you use the simulation environment to train the students that will be future physicians,” said Rashid Bashir, head of the Department of Bioengineering.

Bashir was involved in developing the original partnership with the Jump Center in Peoria.

“Our goal is to bring in some of those engineering innovations and the research that is taking place, to bring them in to an educational environment in the simulation center to be able to expose the MDs of tomorrow, because we believe many of these technologies will be used in clinical practices in the future,” Bashir said.

Kesavadas said that the equipment available to students at the Jump Simulation Center will help prepare them to adapt to new technologies in the field.

“Students often have to learn how to use all these new modern devices, which come in the market,” Kesavadas said. “It’s very hard to train students and professionals using these devices in a hospital environment with patients, so we think that our simulation center will focus on developing new technologies so that we can test devices, and at the same time, use it for training.”

Kesavadas said that the Jump Simulation Center will not just be available to College of Medicine students. Students in the College of Engineering will also be able to use the center because it will be located in the new Department of Bioengineering building.

He said the fact that the center will be located in the engineering campus is very unique, noting that many engineering students in other universities do not have access to a simulation center because the simulation center is located in the heart of a medical campus.

“We can see that engineering students can also contribute to building the next level of simulators, can contribute in terms of working with medical students to come up with new ideas,” Kesavadas said. “We think that all this collaboration fosters much better simulator environments of the future.”

With such an emphasis on technology, the human side of medicine suffers the risk of being put aside. However, Bashir assures that that will not be the case with the College of Medicine.

He said that the curriculum will have many thematic areas, and doctor-patient interaction will be one of them.

“The idea is to make available the latest and greatest technologies to the physicians but still not lose on the patient-doctor interactions,” Bashir said. “Our goal is to use this technology to enhance the quality of the experience, not diminish it.

“At the end of the day, I think our broad goal that we want to accomplish is to provide quality health care to more people at lower costs,” he said.

Bashir said that those trained at the center will not be controlled by technology. He said that the physicians will still be the decision-makers, not the technology.

He emphasized that the College of Medicine is a partnership between Carle and the University of Illinois. He said Carle has a partnership with Parkland College to help train health care professionals and support staff.

Although the Peoria and Urbana centers have different purposes, they will coordinate. The Jump Simulation Center will train medical students and will be able to incorporate the research being done at the Jump Trading Simulation and Educational Center.

“In a way, we have a very comprehensive set of partnerships that all have their unique pieces, and they come together very well,” Bashir said.

$10 million Jump Simulation Center coming to new College of Medicine

A $10 million gift will launch the Jump Simulation Center in Urbana and help train a new type of doctor uniquely equipped to transform healthcare. The center will be part of the new College of Medicine, a partnership of Carle Health System and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the first medical school in the nation focused from the beginning at the intersection of engineering and medicine.

The gift is the result of a growing partnership with Chicago-based Jump Trading, a financial technology firm.

“This is the first gift of this size to the new College of Medicine, and it defines what we will accomplish with a new engineering-based medical school,” said Phyllis Wise, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“When the first class of students enters the medical school in 2018, they are going to be immersed in experiences that merge clinical education and engineering. We’re thrilled that the Jump Simulation Center will do exactly that from Day One.”

The Jump Simulation Center will be located in Everitt Laboratory, which will soon be renovated and become home to Illinois’ bioengineering department. Medical and engineering students will be immersed in technology-driven clinical environments at the Jump Simulation Center. They will design and learn how to use:

  • New medical devices.
  • New mobile, low-cost technologies for rural and developing areas.
  • New medical simulation tools.
  • New bio-printing and bio-fabrication techniques.

“Too often on university campuses, we talk about different disciplines working in silos, barriers separating us from valuable collaborations,” said Rashid Bashir, the head of the bioengineering department and a key member of the team that developed the plans for the new engineering-based medical school.” But we’ll have immediate proximity and constant interaction, thanks to the Jump Simulation Center. The engineers and medical students will be literally side-by-side, learning about and solving medical problems every day.”

“This new center will provide great benefit to the new College of Medicine,” said James Leonard, the chief executive officer at Carle. “Carle has been in ongoing discussions with Parkland College about a potential simulation center to support the community, and the new Jump Simulation Center at the College of Medicine, with the existing Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center in Peoria, will complete a level of synergy that will make central Illinois a destination for simulation work at all levels.”

Just last year, a $25 million gift established the Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES), a partnership between the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center at OSF HealthCare in Peoria and the Healthcare Engineering Systems Center in Illinois’ College of Engineering. Jump Trading also supports Jump Labs in the Illinois Research Park, where student interns work with Jump on high-performance trading, venture capitalism and ARCHES projects.

Carle Health System is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s clinical partner in the new College of Medicine and a nationally recognized leader in high-quality, cost-effective and coordinated patient care.

The $55 million Everitt Laboratory renovation will include collaboration spaces, flexible modern classrooms and labs. This central hub for bioengineering at Illinois will help attract new faculty and enhance opportunities for the entire campus to solve grand challenges in health nationally and globally. It is also supported by a $20 million gift from The Grainger Foundation as part of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative.

“Locating the Jump Simulation Center in Everitt Lab emphasizes a close connection to the College of Engineering’s bioengineering department and Healthcare Engineering Systems Center – not to mention opportunities to collaborate with teachers and researchers in every imaginable field,” said Dr. John Vozenilek, the chief medical officer of Jump ARCHES in Peoria. He will co-direct the new Jump Simulation Center in Urbana with Kesh Kesavadas, the director of Illinois’ Healthcare Engineering Systems Center.

Work on Everitt Lab and the Jump Simulation Center is expected to begin in early 2016 and be complete in 2018.

Interview with Thenkurussi Kesavadas, director of the university’s Health Care Engineering Systems Center.

–Bill Bell, Executive Director for Marketing and Communications, College of Engineering at Illinois