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SKILLS LAB

Description

The College of Health Sciences Multi-Disciplinary Skills Laboratory (MDSL) based at the School  was set up with the aim of improving medical education by allowing students to have hands-on clinical experiences by use of expert patients and simulation models. The skills laboratory is strategically situated at the School of Nursing Sciences and it is available to all faculty and students of the College of Health Sciences.

The laboratory has both high and medium fidelity mannequins, various simulators and task trainers.

Various advocacy efforts have been carried out to create awareness of the skills lab and encourage its use.

  • An open house day was held at the MDSL to provide a platform for sensitizing and involving the College of Health Sciences faculty in efforts to integrate simulation training into medical education. The target audience was faculty members from all schools in the College of Health Sciences.
  • Skills Lab champions were appointed from each school in the College of Health Sciences to advocate for greater skills lab utilization in their respective schools. The Skills lab champions meet frequently to plan and deliberate on skills lab activities.
  • The champions are planning to have a strategic planning workshop for the skills laboratory.

Utilization

A total of 440 students and faculty have been trained in the skills lab since August 2012 to January 2013

The utilization is summarized in Table 1 and Figure 1 below:

 

Table 1: Utilization of CHS Skills Lab from August 2012 to Jan 2013.

Month/School

School of Medicine

School of Nursing

CHS Faculty

Total Utilization

August

110

22

0

132

September

0

8

0

8

October

0

15

23

38

November

0

16

0

16

December

60

80

0

140

January(2013)

0

82

24

106

Total

170

223

47

440

 

Figure 1:  Utilization of CHS Skills Lab from August 2012 to Jan 2013.

 

 

Monitoring and Evaluation

 

The skills lab utilizes the following tools to monitor and evaluate its activities:

  1. Skills lab reservation form  for both students and faculty: Used for scheduling purposes
  2. Attendance register: Obtains data on the number of students’ and their level, the skills taught, the mannequin(s) used, the accompanying instructor(s), and the skills lab session length
  3. Equipment inventory for both durable and consumable equipment
  4. The PRME-K M& E team is in the process of creating an evaluation tool which students will use to evaluate their skills lab experience.  The verbal feedback obtained from students on their skills lab experience for the last six months is very positive.

 

Way Forward

 

The skills laboratory plans to carry out the following activities:

With the University Managements’  approval, the skills lab will engage external facilitators to instruct common courses e.g. Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac and Life Support and simulation courses for faculty. This will help create a pool of instructors for the skills lab.


Location: School of Nursing

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