This theme encompasses the whole range of clinical skills; clinical and procedural skills are introduced early and practiced often. This begins with clinical aspects of communication skills, history taking, and physical examinations, in addition to the more advanced clinical and procedural skills.
By the time of completing basic medical education, the BAU medical graduate should be able to:
It was established in the year 2015 aiming at improving the clinical skills of students throughout their medical Faculty years. Modern medical education promotes medical students’ clinical operating capacity rather than the mastery of theoretical knowledge. To accomplish this objective, clinical skill training using various simulations has been worked on and introduced into medical education to cultivate creativity and practical skills of students.
The center is basically available for medical students throughout the pre-clerkship and clerkship years of medical study starting from year 2 up till year 6 and it is an essential link between their training and their future clinical experience. Simulation-Based Learning has proven to be an effective tool for assessing technical skills, critical thinking, and team-orientated behavior throughout its sessions. The center consists of five simulation rooms: one scenarios’ room, medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics & gynecology, ophthalmology & ENT, and basic surgical skills & laparoscopic training rooms. The scenarios’ room is equipped with state-of-the-art computerized mannequins that display symptoms and distress the same way real patients do: dilated pupils, low heart rate, coughing, and sweating. The mannequins allow students the chance to practice procedures such as putting in a blood line or intubation before trying it on a human patient. The room is fully wired for audio and video, so faculty members are able to watch students’ performances from central control room and provide post-procedural training in a debriefing session watched by the group. In addition to the simulation rooms there are available patient history taking and exam rooms where students can practice taking medical histories and refine their bedside manner with standardized patient-actors.
Several workshops are conducted for undergraduate and postgraduate students and physicians in various ultrasound applications and also to promote important surgical and laparoscopic skills.
The University Primary Healthcare Centre will start providing community service by the beginning of the academic year 2017/2018; it is expected to participate in the clinical training of medical students as well. BAU_FM established the Healthcare Center (BAUHC) with a mission to improve health of the population by providing quality yet accessible primary healthcare services as well as to contribute in the clinical education of BAU students of related majors.
Ambulatory care is being developed within Hariri building which is going to work based on a patient-focused service where some conditions may be treated without the need for an overnight stay in hospital. The aim of this service is to provide patients with the care required to treat their condition during scheduled ambulatory care opening hours. It will be staffed by a consultant, on-call medical team, qualified nursing staff and a healthcare assistant (HCA).