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Pandemic highlighted the need for simulation-based in medical education – Times of India

Covid-19 disaster has had a serious influence on the medical sector. While the medical doctors have been persistently concerned in treating sufferers, the unprecedented scenario took a toll on the medical education sector.


“Very few patient visited the hospital when coronavirus was at a peak. The hospitals were only flooded with Covid-19 or emergency patients. This impacted the learning of final year students who needed to examine patients for the clinical experiment. The students were also deprived of guidance from senior doctors as they did not attend the hospitals during the period,” says Dr Gayathri Kamath, senior gynaecologist, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta street, Bangalore.

Speaking to
Education Times, Dr Amit Gupta, AIIMS, Rishikesh says the pandemic has highlighted the significance of simulation in medical education and the hospitals are probably to extend its use even after normalcy returns.

“Just as students from other courses, medical students were also compelled to undertake online classes during the pandemic. The teaching process was forced to follow simulation method to make students self-reliant,” he says.

There was a dearth of sufferers in the hospitals throughout the lockdown interval as folks resisted visiting hospitals, he provides. The college students have been made to carry out medical examination and experiments on model and dummies. Doctors would additionally put together movies that have been shared with college students. The pandemic has taught us the significance of simulation and the hospitals are more likely to proceed with the instructing course of through simulation even after the scenario improves, he says.

The instructing in medical faculties earlier centered solely on imparting information and the college students have been assessed at the finish of the educational 12 months, says Dr Prem Kapoor, professor, HOD, Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. The education now focuses on Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) that checks college students for their abilities and use of idea whereas treating the affected person.

“A medical graduate is expected to be equipped with not theoretical knowledge and to be able to use it competently in patient care.”

“Earlier, the summative assessment was followed where the students were assessed at the end of a semester or professional year. Now frequent evaluation is conducted with the help of both summative and formative assessment. Besides this, AETCOM is added in a theoretical session where students were taught to be proficient in ethics, attitude, communication,” he says.

The pandemic has directed the need for obligatory ability labs in hospitals, he highlights. The National Medical Commission has made it obligatory for college students to carry out medical procedures in ability labs. The college students are given a set of procedures which they should analyse and execute in ability labs. Once the college students study to carry out varied affected person-associated procedures on dummies and mannequins, they are going to be capable to deal with the actual sufferers higher.

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