OBGYN Skills Lab Training to Enhance Student Training

OBGYN Skills Lab Training to Enhance Student Training

Medical skills labs with simulators for student training are an established part of a medical faculty’s training program.  They offer a forgiving training environment where mistakes can serve as an excellent training tool.  Skills lab training is well documented for improving procedural skills in both novices and experts.  Whether complex surgical skills or basic clinical skills are performed by medical students, simulation-based medical education positively influences the outcome of the clinical setting.

In a recent simulation day at Drexel University College of Medicine, Drs Owen Montgomery and Dipak Delvadia provided skilled instruction for their gynaecology faculty and residents.  The event was part of a regular schedule of monthly simulation training days and carried out to teach evaluation and procedures for operative deliveries using forceps and vacuum assisted techniques.

Obstetric skills lab with RealMom birthing simulatorTwo OEI RealMom simulators and a C-Celia emergency C-Section simulator were supplied for the event, which gave ample scope to demonstrate multiple OA, OP, transverse and forceps deliveries.  Unique scenarios were set up, giving students the opportunity to experience an emergency transfer to a C-Section delivery.

Residents and instructors agreed that the combination of the RealMom delivery simulator and the C-Celia emergency C-Section simulator provided a unique and invaluable opportunity to simulate a complete birthing experience. This obstetric simulation set up allowed them to experience normal and operative deliveries all the way through to emergency deliveries in the OR, all within a safe skills lab training environment.

Simulation training is a vital part of building a safer healthcare system and reducing risks to patients. What better way to ensure patient safety than to allow students access to a learner-centred approach with the use of a technical skills laboratory? Opportunities like these also strengthen leadership and communication skills and don’t just teach medical procedures.  Equipping students with the ability to learn all aspects of working in a multi-layered, multi-disciplined environment is crucial to improving the level of patient-care and providing optimal outcomes.

RealMom is a highly-realistic full-body simulator and full-term baby that provide a life-like appearanceSimulation of deliveries with RealMom obstetric phantom whilst also featuring realistic, soft tissue and accurate internal anatomy.  With RealMom you’re able to experience a world first in natural delivery simulation with an active soft tissue birth canal, human-like dilation and effacement with massageable fundus and amniotic reservoir.  Experiencing this type of realism in a learning environment ensures that all eventualities are catered for.  Students can experience a variety of realistic delivery options including normal, breech, shoulder dystocia, nuchal cord, cord prolapse, transverse and placenta previa, compound delivery and, of course, assisted delivery with forceps or vacuum devices.

The role of instructor in a skills lab environment is vital and with these new ground-breaking simulators comes the opportunity for the instructor to control dilation and delivery progression.  Unexpected complications can be introduced by the instructor to enable a fully realistic, unique learning experience. This ensures that learners don’t simply rely on set procedures but learn to continually assess and adapt to the unfolding situation. 

Improving obstetric skills lab traning with complete birthing simulationC-Celia continues the education experience and provides an extremely realistic obstetric simulation for fetal extractions at Cesarean deliveries.  With life-like materials, this medical simulator allows students to experience a near-to-life surgical situation that feels extremely realistic.  The instructor can manually position difficult fetal presentations to simulate the fetal extraction scenario specifically required for the obstetricians and medical team.  These scenarios can include cord prolapse, single footling breech, prolapsed arm, triple nuchal cord, and transverse lie.

The team at Drexel University College of Medicine were able to accurately present valuable life-like medical scenarios that allowed gynaecology faculty and residents to experience a fully comprehensive learning experience in a highly realistic medical environment without the need to compromise patient safety.  Providing a safe learning environment combined with a realistic experience is the main benefit of skills lab training scenarios. Once learned, these skills will be invaluable to students throughout their medical careers and ensure that they consistently deliver high standards of medical care to mothers and their babies around the world. 

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