This is according to Craig Lambert, head of the department of emergency medical care at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in South Africa.
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“It is important that students have a fully incorporated curriculum with simulation as a key component of teaching and assessment,” said Lambert.
“Up until recently, staff and students made use of classrooms that were not purposefully designed for simulation-based learning. We started to explore ideas around creating an integrated, multi-disciplinary laboratory that would focus on teaching and assessment of clinical skills in a simulation environment.”
UJ recently entered into a joint venture with diversified technology company, Philips, whereby it inaugurated a state-of-the-art medical training simulation lab on the university premises.
The lab is expected to contribute to the training of medical students in the country by providing accurate simulations in imitated medical emergency settings.
“As a company focused on innovations in the healthcare sector, Philips has proved to be the ideal partner to bring this simulation laboratory concept to life,” Lambert added.
Peter van de Ven, vice president of Philips Healthcare Africa, said, “Through our partnership with one of the most respected universities in South Africa, Philips is contributing much needed resources to ensure that there is a highly trained and qualified healthcare workforce for the public to rely on.”
According to Philips, the project is also part of its ambition to improve the quality of healthcare in South Africa through meaningful solutions, innovations and partnerships.
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The company also stated that the lack of availability of trained and skilled healthcare professionals is an increasing challenge and that Philips has been putting a lot of emphasis on education and training.
“We are helping to transform healthcare in South Africa by enhancing the individual performance of the next generation of healthcare professionals, which will ultimately benefit the patients in the form of good, reliable care,” van de Ven said.