It is not easy to provide medical students with conditions resembling clinical and ambulatory environments, in which they will have to work later on. It is a great challenge for those responsible for training future doctors. And this is precisely what is offered at the Centre for Innovative Medical Education at the Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin.
The Centre is situated in a separate building specially designed for this purpose, which is solely intended for vocational training. Here, you will find wards and equipment used in typical medical units. Separately there is infrastructure allowing the application of so-called serious games. They are realistic and interactive simulations of disasters and accidents. Students perform rescue activities in virtual reality. From triage, through diagnosing, to therapy.
"We do our best to make sure that the simplest elements, which are certainly faced by doctors every day, are mastered here", said Beata Wudarska, MD, Ph.D., the manager of the Centre.
The majority of classes are high-fidelity simulations with the participation of phantoms, which allow students to try to cope with ailments to be faced by future medics in everyday life. The students’ task is to proceed according to their knowledge. Their actions are recorded and then analysed together with experienced doctors.
Disaster and accident
Simulation Serious games are computer simulations of reality, whose application goes beyond entertainment. They are used for the purposes of training, gaining experience and solving serious problems in a virtual environment. Their importance for education is still increasing.
"We allow our students to make mistakes here. Thanks to this they become more self-reliant and confident. The new forms of education enable students to encounter various situations while at university, whereas in the past they became acquainted with them only during residency or internship", summarised Beata Wudarska, MD, Ph.D.
Knowledge Education Development Programme
European Social Fund
Centre for Innovative Medical Education at the Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin
approx. PLN 18.8 million, including approx. PLN 15.9 million from the European Social Fund