Dr. Edwin G. & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center

Davis Global Center rendering

UNMC celebrates naming, groundbreaking for iEXCEL home

The University of Nebraska Medical Center is poised to transform health care education, and – as aviation simulation changed the flight industry – propel the training of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals into the next generation with emerging virtual and augmented reality.

UNMC’s goal? To provide the highest quality of patient care and safety through the adoption of simulation to improve human performance and effectiveness in health care.

Soundbite transcript

Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, UNMC Chancellor

00:06-00:20 (14 seconds)
“The more experience, the more practice, the more hands-on opportunities we get, the better off we are to deliver high quality, safe, effective and patient-centered care. This center will achieve all of those goals and bring Omaha, Neb., to the epicenter of the learning world.”

00:23-00:39 (16 seconds)
“So what this will mean to you, and your parents and your family and your neighbors and your friends is that the quality of care delivered in our communities will rise, access will be improved and that we’ll be able to make this care more effective and more efficient.”

00:44-1:04 (20 seconds)
“And we’ll be able to reach out to rural and urban communities alike to provide world-class educational programs that will raise the bar on the quality of care, enhance patient access and create a more efficient and effective health care system and as a result of it.”

Pam Swisher of Omaha, executive director of the Dorothy B. Davis Foundation, which funded the naming gift for the Global Center.

1:12-1:29 (17 seconds)
“There seemed to be no better match for Dr. Edwin Davis than this project at UNMC. He was somebody who loved technology – probably technology before we even called it technology.”

1:31-1:54 (23 seconds)
“From all accounts Dr. Davis was really ahead of his time. He probably didn’t even refer to it as technology. But when he was trying to teach his students about urology, he actually worked hard to invent a little device that would take the slides and bring them to life so that the students got a better idea of what he was trying to communicate to them.”

Fourth-year UNMC medical student Cindy Chou

2:04-2:32 (28 seconds)
“Many times as students, we might be exposed to a procedure or a diagnostic tool just once and then we don’t revisit it for a long time but with this availability it will make students a lot more confident and comfortable knowing that when we’re either entering a field we’re not as familiar with or something we have not have worked with for a while, we have this easy accessibility to go and review and refresh our skills.”

2:25-2:55 (30 seconds)
“Studies have really shown that traditionally lectures only show about 5 percent retention rate of knowledge whereas if you have hands-on practice or immediate application, it increases the rate up to 90 percent. So in that sense, we really need to be doing more active learning, more doing and more practicing.”