Workshop In Skill Lab held on 18th January 2017 in Aziz Fatimah Medical & Dental College, Faisalabad

Training workshop on Skill Lab was held in AFMDC on 18th January 2017. The workshop was started with recitation of Holy Quran by Prof. Dr. Usman Latif. Mr. Adil Rehman and Mr. Rehan Chohan was the trainer of the workshop. The opening was done by Principal, Prof. Dr. Qaiser Mehmood. He emphasized on proper utilization of skill lab as lots of efforts, time and finance is consumed to set one of its kind lab in Faisalabad. He appreciated the efforts of Medical Education department for conducting this workshop in a short time period.

The importance of the skill lab was highlighted by HOD Medical Education, Prof. Dr. Noor Akbar Sial. He told that from skill lab we can offer students an introduction in to skills that are commonly performed in patient care scenarios.  An early exposure to these procedural tasks permits the development of competency-based training.  Skills that are mastered in the medical student's first year can act as building blocks for future patient care episodes.  All medical students can be assessed for their ability to perform patient caring tasks and receive direct feedback on their performance. Students can be challenged and exposed to a variety of clinical skills that can enhance their ability to care for their patients. 

Skill laboratories have an essential role in medical education today. The purpose of skill lab is to support the acquisition of the clinical skills through hands-on training, within non-threatening environment. The skill laboratory training ensures that all the students are provided equal learning opportunities before approaching the real patient. Clinical skills lab (CSL) should be utilized by the students to learn not only professional skills, but it should be part of medical education to achieve continuing professional development.

Advantages of CSLs are

1) Integrating them into the theoretical component of the curriculum.

2) Skills are learnt within their proper context.

3) Computer assisted learning and information technology can be used to enhance the interaction between theory and practice.

4) The use of simulators can enable students to practice and make mistakes without the risk to the patients or themselves.

5) Clinical skills labs encourage self-learning since both the medico-legal and ethical issues are not a concern and the use of manikins obviate institutional, individual, and cultural barriers.

6) Students can practice genital, vaginal, rectal and breast examinations without humiliation.

7) Direct feedback on performance can be provided with the use of audio-visual aids,peer review and teachers’ assessment with opportunities for reflection, evaluation and enhancement or modifications for further action on the part of the learners.

8) Clinical skills laboratories can be used for teamwork and multi-professional education.

9) It provides the students with the access to learning opportunities in a safe and protected environment. Bridging the gap between the classroom and the clinical setting decreases students’ anxiety.

Mr. Adil Rehman gave the introduction to available manikins in Aziz Fatimah skill lab for different basic and clinical departments. He told that in this lab the manikins are for1) Life saving 2) For Clinical skills 3) For Surgical skills. Responding to the questions from audience he told that the best manikins are electro mechanic with built in feedback on performance. Taking part in discussion HOD Medical Education told that the modern skill lab not only equipped with manikins they have also trained other healthy humans as simulators as well as computer assistant simulators.

After the tea break the trainer prepared every manikin according to the manual and demonstration was given by the trainer followed by practice by participants especially BLS, Suture limbs, Endotracheal intubation, IM, IV fluids, Gynecological manikin, Cricothyroidotomy.

The Chief Guest of closing session Prof. Dr. Quddus ur Rehman appreciated the organizing committee under the umbrella of Medical Education for such a nice workshop. He told that by using these modalities will help in understanding medical subjects and increasing expertise for

patients treatment and college is now up to mark by fulfilling the essential components of skill lab in this institution. At the end of session certificates were given to participants and trainers by Head of Departments.

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