The University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine today opened its new 3,000-square-foot Skills lab, a teaching space which is part of the program's simulation-based training.
The Skills Lab will be a teaching space focused on clinical and procedural skills. It will join the existing 11,000-square-foot Clinical Learning and Simulation Facility (CLSF) which is designed as a realistic hospital ward.
These spaces are located at the U of M's Bannatyne Campus.
Dean of Medicine Brian Postl said in a media statement that simulation-based learning gives students the opportunity the practice real-life scenarios in a safe and controlled environment.
"The use of simulation in medical education has increased exponentially over the last number of years. Research on simulation-based learning shows a decrease in the number of medical errors, therefore improving patient safety," Postl said.
"Because we can see for ourselves the benefits and outcomes through our existing facility, the Faculty of Medicine is motivated to continually invest in simulation-based higher education."
The release stated that the new Skills Lab has already attracted otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) residents from across Canada participating in a two-day course.
The lab has 18 workstations stations, which are equipped with electrical, compressed air, suction and network access. Other types of instruction that may be done in the lab includes suturing, blood collection for lab tests, and simple surgical and endoscopy techniques.
The CLSF was established in 2008 in partnership with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority to assist students by learning in a simulated environment.
The release stated that the CLSF is "considered one of Canada’s most comprehensive clinical learning and simulation centres."
Students can perform various diagnostic tests and treatments such as cardiac arrest; cast application to fractures; normal and high-risk (emergency) birth deliveries; breast, pelvic and genital-rectal examination; and operating room triage.