Utah’s newest medical school opens doors to the public

Cyber Monday is arriving extra early this year at Noorda-COM’s Grand Opening. Noorda-COM is the Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the grand opening will showcase a week’s worth of internal events beginning with a  tech-forward open house on Saturday, March 9.

The open house will offer heart attack and birthing demonstrations on CAE patient simulators, an augmented reality tour by Continuum XR and medically-themed escape rooms. 

Marketing Manager and coordinator of the AR tour, Ally Pack expressed her excitement for the event. 

“We wanted to ensure that the touring aspect of our grand opening would be equally exciting to all the activities we’ve packed into our four-story building,” Pack said. “That’s why we partnered with Continuum—to create an unforgettable experience for visitors.”

This event isn’t only for the techies or healthcare enthusiasts, but will feature many family-friendly activities, including a “mini med school,” which is two giant classrooms filled with anatomy Twister, a giant game of operation and real medical tools for children to use. There will also be a service project for veterans and first responders, a wellness activity and live demonstrations of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM).

Visitors can also complete an escape room where they will be given 20 minutes to decipher clues and diagnose a patient actor’s mystery illness. 

To top everything off, the public will be invited into the simulation center, where they can witness a life-sized robot (patient simulator) experience a heart attack or give birth.

These simulators aren’t just giant dolls,” explained Patrick Murphy, Director of Simulation. “They’re full of technology that enables students to practice diagnosing and treatment skills. From puncturing to defibrillation, we’re positive the public will be impressed by the functions of these simulators, especially the birthing mother—it even has a placenta!” 

Attendees will also be granted special access to areas on campus (the learning pods, etc.) and can enjoy food trucks, refreshments and swag throughout the building. 

Visit Noorda-COM campus in south Provo on Saturday, March 9, to participate in all these free activities. The day will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Following that brief ceremony, the public will be invited to enjoy the building until 3 p.m.

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