Medical students practicing in the new simulation center
Medical students will no longer practice on patients following the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) inaugurating a Centre of Excellence in skills and Simulation Based Medical Education.
The center was early this week opened at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) and will enable medical students to practice medical skills on virtual reality simulators prior to running operations on patients.
Speaking at the launch, Dr George Ntakiyiruta, the Medical Director of the Centre noted that the Centre will play a role in improving patient safety and effective clinical care through simulation and skills- based education for anesthesia, surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, emergency, medicine and nursing.
“This centre comes as a solution to challenges of practical courses to help the running of safe medical operations since practicing on patients was a tradition what sometimes generates some risks on patients including loss of lives,” said Dr. Ntakiyiruta .
According to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Prof. Patrick Kyamanywa, they hope that the Centre will advance the quality of medical education and therefore the health care service in Rwanda.
Kyamanywa explained that the activities of this centre are in line with the vision of “Safer Health Care for All”.
He tanked all the partners who contributed to the creation of the centre especially the University of Dalhousie from Canada, the Canadian international Anesthesiologists’ Society and CHUK which granted the site building of the Centre.
Dr. Vincent Rusanganwa, the Director of Medical Education and Research in the Ministry of Health who challenged the medical trainees who are the beneficiaries of the centre to effectively use the centre to overcome challenges of the comprehensive health care in Rwanda.