NAGPUR: Budding doctors in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) will soon get opportunity to practise their clinical and surgical skills on virtual patients identical to humans.
The department of medical education and drugs has given administrative approval of Rs3.63 crore to the GMCH for purchase of orthopaedic and gynaecology simulators on turnkey basis. This means the supplier of equipment will design, manufacture, install and commission the equipment, will conduct tests, trials, training and hand it over to the GMCH for operation.
GMCH dean Dr Sajal Mitra claimed it was a major boost to establish skills lab in the institution. “Following MCI nod, GMCH will establish skills lab soon. For this, we already have basic and middle level equipment. Proposals were pending for approval by the state government for advanced and highly advanced machines. Now, we have received administrative approval for two important simulators,” Dr Mitra said. The lab will be established at the top floor of medical stores building.
Skills lab will have mannequins for basic operations such as CPR, intramuscular injection, catheterization, suture procedure etc. In advanced category, doctors may try their hands in joint replacements such as shoulder, hip, knee joint and other operations. Dr Mitra said lab would be linked with international certification agencies in future.
“Skills lab will fulfil all global standards. So, we will link it with many national and international certificate courses. Students will get their skills tested on simulators and get certificates from global agencies right here,” Dr Mitra added.
At present, Lokmanya Tilak municipal general hospital and medical college (Sion Hospital) has some simulators and runs such courses. GMCH will be first state government medical college to have full-fledged skills lab and certificate courses. Procurement of simulators will be conducted through Hopkins Institute and the lab is expected to be established in the next four months.-Times Of India