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AKU opens Pakistan’s first ‘Medical Simulation Center’ to educate students with real-life scenarios

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KARACHI: Pakistan’s first ever medical simulation center has opened in Agha Khan Medical University to educate the medical students with real-life scenarios.

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With the aim of improving the academic excellence and facilitating the medical students, AKU has launched a medical simulation centre with a range of patient manikins used modern methods and realistic environments for intensive training to produce health professionals with excellent assessment and treatment techniques.

Firoz Rasul, President, AKU, and donors inaugurate the Centre for Innovation in Medical Education
Firoz Rasul, President, AKU, and donors inaugurate the Centre for Innovation in Medical Education

A new life-like mannequin that can breathe, talk, cough and moan will give medical students in AKU a chance to get as close to real-life scenarios, while still allowing them to learn


On the day of opening, an experiment was also conducted. A wheezing two-year-old brought to emergency room. He was attached to monitor and his lips are getting to turn blue and he is having difficulty breathing. Nursing students have just four minutes to correctly diagnose and resuscitate the child simulator. The group of medical students sit and discuss their latest case scenario on sepsis. Within four minutes they resolved the case by team working, problem-solving, and cognitive thinking.CIME insideimg

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Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dean Medical College AKU Dr. Farhat Abbas said, “Welcome to the Centre for Innovation in Medical Education. Thirty years ago, when I was in medical college, my training was exclusively based on on-the-job exposure. We didn’t have simulators, we didn’t have clinical case discussions, and we rarely ever received feedback on how we responded to a situation.”CIMEinside2

Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME) at Agha Khan University

According to AKU:

CIME is Pakistan’s first medical simulation centre with a range of patient manikins. It is spread over three floors. The centre offers eHealth clinics (telemedicine) and e-learning and teaching spaces, variety of high fidelity manikins and multipurpose educational spaces.

The $15 million centre has been entirely funded by the donors. It will be utilised by AKU and be available to the wiser health services community in the public and private sectors in Pakistan and the region.

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