An international conference is underway at the University of Virginia. It will draw fewer than 200 people to talk about a very rare disease, but what happens there could prove important to millions of patients.
This week, medical professionals from around the state met to discuss a surprising topic – simulated patients. More and more medical and nursing schools are relying on high-tech mannequins to teach valuable lessons, before students actually lay hands on humans.
Noelle is a perpetually pregnant mannequin who lives at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing. She has a heartbeat and blood pressure, eyes that open and close, joints at the hip, knee and ankle, a womb, a baby who’s been delivered thousands of times – and thanks to various computer programs, she talks.
There’s been hot debate over the question of whether guns belong on today’s college campus, but scholars at Washington & Lee University have made a surprising discovery. It seems firearms were very common at school in the 1700s and 1800s.
That detail and other aspects of student life have emerged from a university construction site where archaeologists have found thousands of artifacts.