BUFFALO, N.Y -- A computerized patient simulator valued at
$30,000 and designed to improve the training of medical students
has been donated to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences by Margaret W. Paroski, M.D., and her
husband, Peter Martin, Sr.
Paroski, a UB professor of neurology, has been on the faculty of
the medical school since 1984 and served as its interim dean from
2003-05. She also serves as executive vice president and chief
medical officer for Kaleida Health System, the largest health-care
provider in Western New York. A 1980 graduate of the medical
school, she is a past president of the UB Alumni Association and
the UB Medical Alumni Association.
"One of the greatest gifts I have received in my life is the
education I received at UB's medical school," said Paroski. "I
received a phenomenal education, and there's a tremendous need to
invest in the future. I like to remind people that if you look at
who we are training today, they are only going to be as good as we
make them. Peter and I feel that this is an investment we can't go
"We are grateful to Margaret and Peter for their generous gift
to the medical school," said Michael E. Cain, dean of the medical
school. "Their gift has allowed the school to join the growing
ranks of medical schools across the country that have made patient
simulators a part of their curriculum."
The decreasing number of hospital inpatients and changing
attitudes about practicing on animals are driving the need for
simulators in medical education.
Manufactured by Medical Education Technologies, Inc. (METI), the
patient simulator -- a full-body mannequin -- is driven by a
computer whose software includes a series of 12 pre-programmed
learning scenarios, six of which have been purchased by the school.
The scenarios include such events as myocardial infarction,
congestive heart failure with pulmonary edema, exacerbation of
chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases with respiratory failure,
pneumonia with septic shock, a splenic rupture with pneumothorax
and a stab wound to the chest. The mannequin's skin is life-like to
touch, its eyes blink, its chest rises and falls with each breath
and its pulse throbs.
The patient simulator has affectionately been named "The Great
L.H." in honor of Martin's late father -- Lawrence Henry Martin --
who suffered a severe stroke in 1987.
"The care he received -- both good and not-so-good -- prompted
us to invest in technology that will accelerate and improve a
student's or young doctor's exposure to very challenging cases,"