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If you’ve been searching up about a future in Medicine (or taken a sneak peek at Project London), it’s likely you’ve seen the words ‘simulation suite’ or ‘sim suite’ – allow us to explain…
A simulation suite is essentially a training area for healthcare staff – usually based within a hospital or Medical School. The aim is to train healthcare professionals in a variety of clinical scenarios. This is so that trainers can emulate real-life scenarios without threatening patient safety.
There is usually the simulation room itself which contains what’s referred to as a ‘Sim Man/Woman’ or ‘Sim Child.’ This is a computerised manikin reflecting a simulated patient. These manikins can do a variety of actions such as breathe, have a heartbeat, blink and most importantly, talk. The manikin will be placed on a hospital bed surrounded by hospital equipment. This can include intravenous fluids, defibrillators, stethoscopes and oxygen masks.
In another room adjacent is the Simulation Technician room. This is where the manikin is controlled from. The technician can alter their respiratory rate, blood pressure, pulse rate and oxygen saturations, as well as giving the Sim Patient their voice! The response of the patient’s vitals and speech react in real-time and create a realistic portrayal of pressure and clinical deterioration.
As mentioned previously, we use a simulation suite for Project London. It’s the not usual shadowing work experience you would find in our Sri Lanka and Kilimanjaro projects – but it still provides an incredible educational experience – just with a very different, more hands-on approach.
In no other work experience would you be able to treat a patient for a heart attack or a stroke, and it’s less likely another work experience would realistically show you how fast a patient can deteriorate. Moreover, experiencing this type of situation in the simulation suite can truly develop your teamwork and communication skills, which looks great on a personal statement.
Throughout Project London, taught by our UK Doctors and medical students, students are given the knowledge behind managing these clinical scenarios and are then able to apply these in the simulation suite. The knowledge and techniques taught are used in acute situations in hospitals all across the UK. There is a vast amount of skills and knowledge explored during Project London to a high clinical level. It may not be the most typical work experience, but this just makes it more interesting to talk and read about on your Medical School application.
Find out more about Project London here: https://educationprojects.co.uk/medical-projects/courses/london/