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How We Use Technology: The 21st Century Classroom

Simulated Operating Rooms
The Mathias J. Brunner Instructional Technology Lab and state-of-the-art simulation center afford students the opportunity to learn and practice various skills including the placement of regional anesthetics, various fiber optic intubating equipment, insertion of central venous catheters utilizing Site Rite ultrasound guidance, insertion of pulmonary artery catheters, insertion of chest tubes, performing needle cricothyroidotomy, and placement of double lumen endotracheal tubes.

Our two recently renovated operating rooms allow students to demonstrate newly acquired skills and integrate didactic principles into simulated anesthetics ranging from common complications to rare occurrences.

State-of-the-Art Classrooms
Our classrooms are equipped with cutting edge audio visual technology and wireless internet access. We also utilize the virtual on-line classroom BlackboardTM. BlackboardTM enables students to have access to lectures, presentations, files, and streaming video. It also provides an opportunity to participate in on-line discussion boards related to various clinical anesthesia topics. Students are supported with their own computer lab and are steps away from Penn's biomedical library which offers reference materials in stacks and online.

Our two simulated operating rooms are equipped with the latest audio visual systems which allow students to view their simulation session in the form of a streaming video while discussing the actual event with the anesthesia faculty.



Connecting from Home
Nurse anesthetisia students receive a special computer program to track their clinical case numbers and hours that can be run on a desktop, laptop, or hand-held device. A comprehensive collection of research journals is accessible online through Penn's library system which physically houses more than four million volumes.