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Summer 2005

Nurse Anesthesiology partners with Oakwood

UDM nurse anesthesiology students receive on-the-job experience through anesthesiology rotations at area hospitals, such as Oakwood Health Systems.

Nurse Anesthesiology students now have a better opportunity to gain on-the-job experience through University of Detroit Mercy’s expanded relationship with Oakwood Health Systems. Beginning January 2005, student rotations at Oakwood increased from one or two students per month in specialty areas to a dozen per month across a broader pool of cases.

“Being able to offer anesthesiology rotations for more students at Oakwood means students gain experience across a variety of cases,” according to Mike Dosch, assistant professor and chair of the Nurse Anesthesia Program.

Oakwood Health System is an ideal clinical home site providing a large volume of good quality surgical cases and also has qualified CRNA and physician instructors. Both the health system and hospital administrations support the expanded program, and the Oakwood partnership also means UDM students in the south and west parts of the city will have an easier commute to their clinicals.

“This program is a win-win for students and Oakwood. We are very excited about the outstanding clinical experience Oakwood offers, and our well-trained students will provide a high quality pool from which the health system can recruit,” says Dosch.

With more than 25,000-30,000 surgical cases and 800 heart procedures each year, an Oakwood rotation provides enhanced training for students, reducing orientation for them as new recruits into the health system. Students who spend time in the health system benefit by acquiring a strong identification with their clinical home site, which will lead to quicker acclimation/assimilation into the system as new hires.

So far the partnership receives high marks from students.

“Evaluations of clinical site rotations show that Oakwood instructors score high on their style of student interaction,” says Dosch.