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Dow Foundation names MSUCHM Pediatric Simulation Center

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A $1 million gift from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation of Midland, Michigan, will enable the MSU College of Human Medicine to create a state-of-the-art pediatric simulation center using the most advanced medical education technology available.
 “Our contribution goes beyond a monetary gift,” saidMargaret Ann Riecker, president, the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. “Our foundation’s support will empower MSU to provide the most advanced innovative pediatric medical education to future physicians who will ultimately care for our babies and young children in Michigan.”
Medical simulation is an advancing field of medical training that incorporates computerized full-body physiological “manikins” in addition to simulated patients, the more familiar role-playing actors who are trained to replicate medical conditions and the behaviors of patients.
The gift from the foundation will establish and name the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Pediatric Simulation Center and create the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Endowed Fund for Pediatric Training to support programming within the center.
“Because pediatric training is one of the most challenging areas in medicine, the establishment of this core asset allows MSU to deliver the highest quality medical education across the state of Michigan,” said Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., dean of the college.
MSU College of Human Medicine is poised to set the standard for medical trainee simulation opportunities that cover the life span of patients. The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Pediatric Simulation Center will join the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Geriatric Simulation Center in the college’s new headquarters at the Secchia Center in Grand Rapids. In addition, the college will have a surgical simulation suite equipped by Skytron. 
For more information on making a gift to the College of Human Medicine, contact Senior Director of Development Susan Lane at (616) 234-2614 or by e-mail at lanes@msu.edu.