A true-to-life simulated patient
At the start of the new academic year at Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) there was an unusual arrival. Sven did not provide any academic credentials in advance; neither did he pay any tuition fees.
In fact, NUMed made a significant investment to bring him on board.
this is because Sven is not a student or a lecturer.
He is actually a simulated patient, used for special medical training purposes.
Since his arrival, Sven has become a central part of the learning experience at NUMed and has revolutionised the way that medical training is delivered at the university.
In fact, he is so popular with the students that the university thought he needed his own name.
the name Sven was chosen in honour of his development by a Swedish company.
Sven gets involved in a variety of training scenarios to prepare the medical students for everything from standard clinical procedures to acute care situations.
Students can practise techniques to clear a patient’s airway or insert an intravenous drip line into a vein, as well as treat acute care emergencies such as heart attack or septic shock.
Sven is so true-to-life that he reacts to the treatments he is receiving.
He coughs, he talks and he breathes. In fact, he has even “died” several times.
According to Professor Bradley, Academic Dean at NUMed, this is a crucial part of the learning experience.
He said: “Sven, our simulated patient, adds a whole new dimension to the learning experience, allowing students to go beyond theories taught in the classroom and receive hands-on experience in critical care situations. they can learn from their mistakes in a risk free environment.”
Patient simulation has traditionally been associated with real-life volunteers roleplaying as medical patients.
this interactive training method is one of the ways the students’ professional communication skills are developed to facilitate the delivery of patient-centric care.
However, this form of simulation has certain limitations and does not allow for handson training for some life-saving techniques.
this is one of the reasons that simulated patients, in the form of mannequins, are becoming more and more popular.
Simulated patients like Sven are a central part of the learning experience at Newcastle University, Britain as well.
In fact, students at the state-of-the-art branch-campus in Nusajaya use the simulated patients for exactly the same scenarios as those in the UK.
this is one of the many synergies between the two campuses.
they also share identical standards, teaching methods and curriculum. Selected staff members even rotate between the two and this truly ensures that NUMed and Newcastle University, UK, benefit from the best that each campus has to offer.
Sven is a single man for now, but he has proved so valuable, there is every chance he will be getting a family in the future. the addition of a wife and child will further enhance NUMed’s holistic medical training for tomorrow’s doctors.
Newcastle University UK, has established an international branch campus in Johor, Malaysia to provide its undergraduate degrees in Medicine (MB BS) and the Biomedical Sciences (BSc) as well as opportunities for postgraduate study. the programmes are equivalent to those of Newcastle’s UK-based provision and lead to the award of the same degrees.
Applications are now being accepted for the September 2014 intakes. to apply, visit www.newcastle.edu.my
Sven, the simulated patient, gets involved in a variety of training scenarios to prepare the medical students from standard clinical procedures to acute care situations.