Simulation training offers the learner an opportunity to develop and enhance skills that are necessary for use in clinical practice.
In the Faculty of Medicine of the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG), students regularly train and learn in the clinical skills laboratory. More than 400 students from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 benefit from this opportunity on several occasions each year.
Students in Year 3 learn and practice basic nursing and medical skills such as intravenous cannulation, blood taking, blood pressure measurements or intramuscular injections. Use of the skills lab in Year 4 focuses on training in medical examination skills, as well as more advanced practices, such as urinary catheterisation, lumbar puncture or placing chest drains. For Year 5 and 6, the skills laboratory is used for training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, more advanced emergency, surgical and medical skills as well as advanced adult, paediatric and neonatal life support skills.
A further important aspect of the clinical skills laboratory is that it offers the opportunity to practice teamwork skills in order to work together to achieve one common goal. Therefore, regular simulation teaching with clinical scenarios also take place in the skills laboratory.
Finally, the skills laboratory is used for clinical examination purposes from Year 3 through to Year 6, where OSCE style examinations are conducted within the clinical skills laboratory.
Many thanks to FQMS for funding the purchase of the needed equipment in the skill lab on behalf of the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG). These models will be used all year round for training the medical students in most of the courses, and examining the student’s skills during OSCE examination.
Dr Anwar Alshaikhkhalil
Vice-Dean, Faculty of Medicine,
Islamic University of Gaza