The University of Warwick Medical School has been awarded a £1.1 million grant from the Strategic Health Authority to create a centre for excellence in anatomy and surgical skills that will benefit many local professionals as well as staff and students.
The centre will house both postgraduate and undergraduate teaching. The facility will be used to teach anatomy to Warwick medical students, but will also provide postgraduate training for newly qualified doctors and advanced anatomy training for a variety of health professionals, particularly surgeons.
As part of the plans Warwick Medical School will set up an anatomy and surgical skills suite based at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW). High specification equipment will include anatomy tables with linked monitors showing e-learning material. Students will be able to see enhanced images, showing the structure and function of the body parts being examined during dissection. There will also be a link to the UHCW network which will allow clinical imaging and live video links to operating theatres for anatomy and surgical operative teaching sessions.
Warwick Medical School’s recently appointed Chair of Clinical Anatomy, Professor Peter Abrahams said: "The development of this facility is vital, the teaching of clinical anatomy remains a fundamental requirement of any undergraduate medical curriculum."
A portion of the £1.1 million grant will also be used to buy new equipment to teach clinical skills, including a life-size talking dummy called Sim Man. Sim Man is a computer-operated simulator which allows the students to perform complex procedures without endangering patients' lives. Sim Man reacts to students’ attempts to treat him and can even be programmed to die and then be resuscitated.
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