If you’ve read the information on Project London, or indeed seen some of our students’ posts on social media you’ll have seen ‘simulation suite’ or ‘sim suite’ mentioned several times.
A simulation suite is essentially a training area, usually within a hospital or medical school, for healthcare staff. The aim is to train healthcare professionals in a variety of clinical scenarios. This is to try and emulate real-life scenarios without threatening patient safety.
There is usually the simulation room itself which contains what’s called a ‘Sim Man/Woman’ or ‘Sim Child.’ This is a computerised manikin reflecting a simulated patient. These manikins can do a variety of actions such as breath, have a heartbeat, blink and most importantly talk. The manikin will be placed on a hospital bed surrounded by hospital equipment. This can include intravenous fluids, defibrillators, stethoscopes and oxygen masks.
In another room adjacent is the Simulation Technician room. This is where the manikin is controlled from. The technician can alter their respiratory rate, blood pressure, pulse rate and oxygen saturations, as well as giving the Sim Patient their voice! The response of the patient’s vitals and speech react in real-time and create a realistic portrayal of pressure and clinical deterioration.
As mentioned previously, we use a simulation suite for Project London. It is not the usual type of work experience, but actually this makes it all the better! In no other work experience would you be able to treat a patient for a heart attack or a stroke, and no other work experience would realistically show you how fast a patient can deteriorate. Moreover, experiencing this type of situation in the simulation suite can truly develop your teamwork and communication skills, something your typical work experience cannot do.
Throughout Project London, taught by our UK doctors and medical students, students are given the knowledge behind managing these clinical scenarios and are then able to apply these in the simulation suite. The knowledge and techniques taught are used in acute situations in hospitals all across the UK. There is a vast amount of skills and knowledge explored during Project London to a high clinical level. It may not be the most typical work experience, but this just makes it more interesting to talk and read about in regards to your medical school application.
Find out more about Project London here: https://www.medicalprojects.co.uk/project-london/