A simulation center for training medical students has opened in Lviv

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The Ukrainian-Swiss Project “Medical Education Development” in cooperation with Lviv public authorities commenced a Center for Medical Simulations based on the Andrei Krupinsky Lviv Medical Academy. 

The simulation center will allow students and interns of the Lviv Medical Academy to practice medical skills on special manikins and in healthcare simulation offices, with conditions as close as possible to working with real patients. The center is equipped to allow doctors and nurses to improve their skills both individually and as a team.

“Modern medical education is inconceivable without the medical simulation technology, which has been developing rapidly in recent years, allowing students to acquire the necessary professional competencies in conditions as close to clinical realities as possible. In particular, the cooperation with the Ukrainian-Swiss Project “Medical Education Development” enabled significant enhancement of a medical simulation center, with thoroughly updated training equipment and methodological support”, said Yuri Kryvko, the Rector of Andrei Krupinsky Lviv Medical Academy.

The investments in CMS amounted to 3.8 million UAH, including 3 million UAH donated by the Swiss Government through the Ukrainian-Swiss Project “Medical Education Development” and invested in the Clinical Skills Laboratory for Family Doctors and Nurses in Lviv.

Clinical Skills Laboratories consist of three simulation rooms, where family doctors and nurses will be trained.

  • Room 1 is for medical skills training. It is equipped with cameras, microphones, medical equipment, and manikins of human body parts (arms, legs, buttocks), connectable to a computer.
  • Room 2 is where the instructor and professor provide instructions from, thus supervising the training process.
  • Room 3 is for students and supervisors to watch the recorded video of performed manipulations, detecting flaws and emphasizing successes.

“Starting 2019, the Swiss Government has been investing in the development of medical education in Ukraine through the Ukrainian-Swiss project “Development of Medical Education”. Our goal is a high-quality modern primary care in Ukraine, which is achievable through strengthening of education. Thus, we are pleased to present this Laboratory, equipped with manikins, cameras and microphones. This is an important, but not the only part of strengthening the quality of medical education.

The project invests over UAH 15 million in six simulation centers. It aims not only to purchase equipment and repair premises, but also to invests in betterment of professors’ skills, IT and other resources, such as literature, knowledge of English — which essentially constitute a quality education in medical universities in Ukraine”,— said Tetyana Stepurko, head of the project office of the Ukrainian-Swiss Project “Medical Education Development”.

Similar simulation centers will be commenced in five more pilot institutions: Rivne Medical Academy, Ternopil National Medical University, Bukovinian State Medical University, Zhytomyr Medical Institute, and Kharkiv National Medical University.