Repetitive practice makes close to perfect

Newer technologies – such as lifelike mannequins – improve training of medical students
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/11/2013

Medicine will always be an imperfect science, but better tools can definitely have an impact.

That’s why Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., has made significant investments in new technologies for its Faculty of Health Sciences, which incorporates the schools of medicine, nursing and rehabilitative therapy. To better ensure its roughly 1,000 residents are well-trained in the art of surgery and resuscitation, an 8,000-square-foot clinical simulation centre is providing them with state-of-the-art mannequins and manipulative computer programs.

Traditionally, a lot of the learning has been done at the bedside with real patients, says Bob McGraw, director of the clinical simulation centre at Queen’s University. But it’s become apparent this is not always the best approach for the two sides involved and it doesn’t really provide enough opportunities for learning.