RCSI Bahrain opens state-of-the-art clinical simulation centre

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Bahrain – The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) recently marked the official opening of the renamed Ibn Al-Baitar Clinical Simulation Centre (CSC).

Named after the Muslim scholar, Ahmad Ibn Al-Baitar, in honour of his contributions to the fields of medicine, pharmacy, physics and science, the CSC was opened by RCSI CEO and Registrar, Professor Cathal Kelly, visiting from Dublin, alongside RCSI Bahrain President, Professor Sameer Otoom, and other senior officials.

Designed to replicate a hospital setting, with the aim of offering RCSI Bahrain’s early-year medicine and nursing students a safe, challenging and interactive training environment, the centre has undergone extensive refurbishment over recent months.

The new-look facility now features two four-bedded bays, an intensive care area and a maternity area, debriefing rooms, a control room and changing rooms for the students.

Scotia Medical Observation and Training System (SMOTS) cameras have been installed to allow recording and playback of sessions as well as one way glass to allow viewing of all areas from the control room.

Speaking on the occasion, RCSI Bahrain’s head of Quality Enhancement, Dr Kathryn Strachan, who led the refurbishment project, said she was delighted to see the opening of the revamped facility: “Over the last few months the space has been redesigned and the state-of-the-art camera and recording equipment has been installed, making our CSC one of the best in the region and a great benefit to our students, who will be able to practice their clinical skills in a safe environment.”

RCSI Bahrain is a constituent university of RSCI, which was established in 1784. Like its Irish counterpart, RCSI Bahrain is a not-for-profit health sciences institution focused on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide.