Simulation rooms for medicine and health sciences

Divine Word University’s Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program introduced this year will benefit from two simulation rooms that are under construction at the Madang campus.

Other programs in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences would also use the simulation rooms.

To help set up the simulation rooms, two medical doctors teaching in the Faculty spent two weeks in Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and studied how the simulation room is used there.

Dr Harry Aigeeleng and Dr John Benjamin said their visit to Cabrini in early November 2016 was fruitful as they learnt about how the simulation room is used for training medical doctors there.

The simulation rooms in DWU are being built within the new complex for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences which is nearing completion.

Dr Aigeeleng and Dr Benjamin said the use of simulation rooms for training of doctors and allied health professionals is the new trend in assisting medical training around the world.

They said the use of real patients and cadavers (corpses sourced legally for medical training) comes with its occasional limitations and the medical training fraternity around the world is moving more towards simulated learning in specially designed rooms.

“Simulation is a very powerful tool for training.”

“We are following the trend in medical training around the world,” said Dr Aigeeleng.

“In simulation room the students can make a lot of mistakes using mannikins (dummies) and learn from it,” he said.

He said simulation is used by aviation and many other professions to enhance their training and the medical field is doing the same.

Dr Aigeeleng and Dr Benjamin said DWU would be the first medical and allied health training provider in PNG to have two medical simulation rooms ready for use early next year.

Dean of the FMHS Professor Clement Malau said the University was pleased with the fact-finding mission the two academics took to Cabrini and returned with positive information that would be used by DWU.

The two academics plus Prof Malau, DWU vice presidents Paias Bokorum (corporate services) and Ted Alau (student affairs), First Assistant Secretary for National Planning Joshua Himina and Dr Melanie Konari of the MBBS program visited the new FMHS complex on Friday to see its progress.

Prof Malau and the team were impressed with the progress of the building that will house lecture rooms, seminar rooms, the two simulation rooms and staff offices for the Faculty.

Meanwhile, the pioneer MBBS students who enrolled this year will return for the second year study along with the new intake in early February 2017. The MBBS program in DWU is focused on producing doctors to serve in the rural areas of PNG.