Pandemic highlights simulation-based need in medical education

Pandemic highlights simulation-based need in medical education

The Kovid-19 crisis has had a major impact on the medical field. While doctors were constantly involved in treating patients, the unprecedented situation took a toll on the medical education sector.


“When the coronovirus was at its peak, very few patients visited the hospital. The hospitals were filled with only Kovid-19 or emergency patients. This affected the learning of final-year students, who were referred to patients for clinical use There was a need to investigate. Dr. Gayatri Kamath, Senior Gynecologist, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore says, “The students were also denied the guidance of senior doctors.”

Speaking to
Education Times, Dr. Amit Gupta, AIIMS, Rishikesh says that the epidemic has highlighted the importance of simulation in medical education and hospitals are likely to increase its use even after returns to normalcy.

“Like students in other courses, medical students were also forced to start online classes during the epidemic. The teaching process was forced to follow the simulation method to make students self-reliant, ”he says.

He said that there was a shortage of patients in hospitals during the lockout period, as people used to visit hospitals. Students were made to conduct medical examinations and experiment on mannequins and dummies. The doctors will also create videos that were shared with the students. Epidemics have taught us the importance of simulation and the hospitals are likely to continue the teaching process through simulation even after the situation has improved.

Prior to teaching at the medical college the focus was only on imparting knowledge and the students were assessed at the end of the academic year, Drs. Prem Kapoor, Professor, HOD, Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. Education now focuses on merit-based medical education (CBME) which tests students for their skills and use of theory when treating a patient.

“A medical graduate is expected to have no theoretical knowledge and be able to use it competently in patient care.”

“Earlier, summative assessment was followed where students were assessed at the end of a semester or professional year. Now continuous assessment is done with the help of both summative and morphological assessment. In addition, AETCOM is added to a theoretical session where students are taught to be proficient in ethics, attitude, communication, ”he says.

The epidemic has highlighted the need for a mandatory skills laboratory in hospitals. The National Medical Commission has made it mandatory for students to undergo medical procedures in skill laboratories. Students are given a set of procedures that they have to analyze and execute in skill laboratories. Once students learn to perform various procedures related to the patient on dummies and mannequins, they will be able to treat real patients better.

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