The latest report from the Center for Public Opinion highlighted the need for future doctors to develop ethical values and verbal and non-verbal communication skills as well as gaining opportunities for hands on practice and getting students in contact with patients early in their education to maximize their development opportunities. Universidad del Valle de México is taking another step in making sure its health sciences graduates are ready for Mexico’s future needs by opening a new center to provide students with hands on, but simulated, experience, the Hospital and Clinical Simulation Center.
"It is essential to meet the needs of the population, but with a global vision," emphasized Dr. Soledad Santiago, National Director of UVM’s School of Health Sciences. During the national meeting of Directors of the School of Health Sciences from UVM campuses throughout Mexico, the new Hospital and Clinical Simulation Center at Coyoacan Campus was officially opened. The center will be used by students of the School of Health Sciences UVM who will learn and develop their skills in a safe and controlled environment.
The Hospital and Clinical Simulation Center provides students with the opportunity to face basic simulation scenarios (like clinical situations) and more complex simulations (like operating rooms and intensive care). The center also has a task trainer where students undergo drills and situations that take place in the day to day life of a hospital. These simulations are made possible through the use mannequins and robots that are manipulated by a teacher who takes students through critical medical situations during which the student must act based on what they learned in the classroom.
This type of teaching allows students to repeat the exercise the number of times needed until they master the techniques, such as the proper placement of nasal-gastric tubes, catheters, endotracheal intubation, basic surgical procedures, tracheostomy, CPR, etc.
The use of simulators is part of the new methods of teaching implemented by the School of Health Sciences at UVM. Professors have found the new tools effectively allow them to teach and assess students based on differing and changing scenarios that seem real, but are controlled clinical situations.
Notably, the Universidad del Valle de Mexico supplemented their curricula with innovative learning techniques based on anatomical models, simulators, software, and body painting / body projection, thus replacing the use of cadavers, which was the traditional way students put their knowledge into practice.
The new tools of teaching and learning in the School of Health Sciences UVM cover the knowledge, skills, aptitudes and skills of future doctors, which brings together specialized courses and practices.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.