The season of Clinical Skills Laboratories opening is over

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The Swiss government has invested 3 million UAH through the Ukrainian-Swiss Project “Medical Education Development” in the opening of a new Laboratory of Clinical Skills for family doctors at the Bukovinian State Medical University.

The Clinical Skills Laboratory will allow students and interns to practice medical skills on special simulation manikins in 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.

The Clinical Skills Laboratory, where future and practicing family doctors will be trained, consists of three simulation rooms.

  • 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.

“Since 2019, we have been investing in the development of medical education in Ukraine. Our goal is high-quality modern primary healthcare in Ukraine, which is possible due to the strengthening of education. Therefore, we are pleased to present this Laboratory, equipped with manikins, cameras, microphones. The material component of the Laboratory is important, but it is not the only part of improving the quality of medical education. The project constantly invests in professors’ skills, IT, and other resources, such as literature, knowledge of English — which essentially constitute a quality education in medical universities in Ukraine”,  says Tatiana Stepurko, project office manager of the Ukrainian-Swiss Project.

The Swiss government, through the Ukrainian-Swiss project “Medical Education Development”, pays great attention to strengthening the education of general practitioners and nurses at the primary care level in Ukraine. That is why the Project is primarily working on the development of simulation training for future family doctors and nurses.

“The opening of a simulation laboratory for the training of family doctors is a very important and necessary step for both higher medical education and practical healthcare. Such a laboratory is currently the only one in the Chernivtsi oblast. Owing to the cooperation of the Ukrainian-Swiss project “Development of Medical Education ” and the Bukovinian State Medical University, family doctors of our region will be able to improve their professional skills, acquire new ones. Students will be able to see a model of primary care because the laboratory is equipped with the best equipment, which ideally should be in every clinic or family medicine center”, said the Rector of BSMU Vitaliy Maksymyuk during the opening of the laboratory.