Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (IPGMER) on SSKM Hospital campus, is going to develop a skill laboratory where undergraduate medical students will learn to handle patients by practising mannequins on intravenous injections, catheter insertion and skin suturing.
The students will also learn the skills of child delivery, tracheal intubation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) process. Following the directives of Medical Council of India (MCI), the hospital authority is going to install around 60 mannequins for training of the first-year MBBS students. Manimoy Bandyopadhyay, director of IPGMER, said that the laboratory, where different dummies will be available for training, will start functioning by March. “We had planned the laboratory for the 2019 batch of MBBS students,” said Bandopadhyay. Swasthya Bhavan sources said similar laboratories would also come up at RG Kar Medical College and NRS Medical College. Earlier, MBBS students used to be trained by handling patients. As per the MCI’s direction, it is compulsory for every medical college to come up with the laboratory for developing clinical, motor and communications skills among the students.
Pritam Pramanik, a first-year student of IPGMER, said, “We hope that the laboratory will help us enhance our skills in handling patients.” Ankush Ghosh, a first-year student of Medical College said, “Now, we don’t have any such laboratory. that is necessary for medical students.”
Source: Times of India