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Training & education

Simulation centre at U of Montreal is one-year old

MONTREAL - The Faculty of Medicine of Universite de Montreal and CAE Healthcare celebrated the first year of operations of the faculty’s simulation training centre, the Centre d’apprentissage des attitudes et habiletes cliniques (CAAHC).

The CAAHC simulation centre is one of the largest simulation-based healthcare training centres in Canada. It is located at the Faculty of medicine of Universite de Montreal and is managed by CAE Healthcare as part of a partnership.

It is equipped with several multi-purpose training rooms and high fidelity manikins that enable simulation of various scenarios of real medical situations. Thus, participants are better prepared to act in an optimal way during critical situations while reducing the risks inherent in the practice of medicine.

“The Faculty of Medicine of Universite de Montreal is the first institution in North America to integrate simulation-based learning into its medical training program,” said Dr. Jean Rouleau, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Universite de Montreal. “Our students will all benefit from training on equipment that is perfectly adapted to our educational methods and to the realities of today’s medicine.

“Since we opened the centre a year ago, approximately 1,000 students have visited the centre each month to develop clinical skills. The centre offers an ideal learning environment for a generation of individuals that has grown up with new technologies.”

The mission of the centre is to enable students to acquire technical competencies, attitudes and skills, and to promote teamwork, communication, empathy and work ethics. The centre includes 12 rooms that can be accommodated to simulate different environments: a hospital, an ambulatory environment, a private medical practice, an external clinic, an emergency room or rooms for Objectively Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

The centre also includes a large room with six beds, three clinical ambulatory, private practice or community-based type examining rooms and a room that replicates a high fidelity operating room with a human patient simulator or a critical care room.

CAE Healthcare has assembled a team at the centre, including simulation technology specialists and medical simulation instructors. This team supports the Faculty of Medicine and delivers courses to their students using medical simulation equipment. CAE Healthcare’s team is also responsible for delivering specialized training courses such as advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), to residents and other members of the medical community.

The Faculty of Medicine of Universite de Montreal has developed and adapted its programs to include the centre’s new simulation equipment. It has also developed training sessions adapted to healthcare professionals who work in various sectors of the healthcare system, in particular in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

“We are proud to partner with the Faculty of Medicine of Universite de Montreal and have the opportunity to use our experience in managing aerospace training centres in the field of healthcare,” said Guillaume Herve, President of CAE Healthcare. “Simulation enables physicians and healthcare professionals to practice certain procedures or operations in a safe environment which ultimately results in reduced risks to patients.”

About the Faculty of Medicine of Universite de Montreal
The Universite de Montreal Faculty of Medecine has 2,000 professors and researchers on staff. Over 1,600 are clinical professors working within a wide network of healthcare facilities. As the largest medical school in Canada, and third largest in North America, the UdeM Faculty of Medicine trains 6,000 students in all three levels of higher education each year. A leader in innovative teaching techniques, the Faculty was the first school of its kind to offer a complete medical training program outside an urban centre at its facility in the Mauricie. The UdeM’s Faculty of Medicine has also made it mark in research. Not only does it receive numerous research grants (the second most in Canada), the Faculty also has 60 Canada Research Chairs and 30 endowed research chairs.
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About CAE Healthcare
CAE Healthcare is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CAE. CAE Healthcare is applying CAE’s training, simulation and modelling know-how from aviation to bring best practices to the healthcare industry. It is developing cutting-edge learning tools and innovative simulation solutions for healthcare education with the objective of offering healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn using multiple simulation platforms before testing their skills on patients. The ultimate goal is to improve clinical competence and expertise and enhance the quality and safety of patient care and the efficiency of healthcare systems.

Posted May 20, 2010