Aga Khan University (AKU) has taken a wise step to introduce for the very first time, a Medical Simulation Centre. This unique facility will allow medical students and nurses alike to practice surgeries on impressively detailed manikins as opposed to learning on real human bodies. The facility I known as the Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME) and is equipped with all the state-of-the-art technology to make the entire experience as realistic as possible. While students perform surgeries on manikins in CIME, senior, more experienced staff will monitor the progress, and everything will be recorded for elimination of any mistakes that may have occurred. Considering how Pakistan’s health facilities are not up to the mark, a Medical Simulation Centre was a long time coming.
While the Medical Simulation Centre had been in operation for quite some time, it was officially only inaugurated on Friday. The entire facility was built at a cost of $15 million accumulated via donors etc. Virtual wards are truly one of the major areas of the entire facility. They are equipped with manikins able to simulate several symptoms, diseases and condition which the students and nursing staff are able to see in real-time. This facility provides learners with a range of hands-on experience regarding clinical practices. These manikins can easily be programmed to present certain medical condition ranging from cardiac arrest to pneumonia etc. A trainee will even be able to sense a patient’s pain while a procedure is performed on him. The dean of AKU medical college Dr. Farhat Abbas says,
It’s an investment in academic excellence. Thirty years ago, when I was in a medical college, my training was exclusively based on on-job exposure. We rarely received feedback on how we responded to a situation. But, this has changed now. [The centre] is open for all health professionals – both from private or public hospitals or colleges.
While Pakistan needs these Medical Simulation Centers all across country, Agha Khan University has opened its doors to doctors and students from anywhere in Pakistan which is certainly generous. Such institutions will aid in research and experience. Furthermore, such Medical Simulation Centers will prove to be excellent training grounds. Hopefully, such services can be extended to other cities in Pakistan. For now, AKU can use their centers for establishing third-party training camps and modules.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.