Clinical Skills acquisition is one of the major aspets in Medical Education. For effective and long lasting skill training, it is crucial to address the transition between procedural knowledge and clinical competence. There are ethical, emotional, psychological and practical reasons why certain skills cannot be trained in a specific practicing situation e.g. CPR, Catheterization, examination of genitalia, invasive procedures etc. The opportunity to gain familiarity with these clinical skills and related equipments in a realistic yet non-threatening and safe environment is a critical component of skill acquisition through skills lab.
The skills lab provides a dynamic hands-on learning experiences where one can apply his/her knowledge to develop, reinforce and refine the clinical skills through practicing in simulators, manikins, medical equipments and models to mimic the clinical situation.
As per the recent document on “Accreditation Standards for MBBS”, Nepal Medical council has made it mandatory to have a skills lab unit in all the medical colleges in Nepal. In the revised curriculum of MBBS (2008), Institute of medicine has already included a component of trainings in Skills lab and has also established a full-fledged Skills lab equipped with manikins, models and equipments required to train the clinical skills as specified in the curriculum.
Nepal Medical Council(NMC) has mentioned that skills lab in all medical college must have all necessary equipment/contents from which 23 competencies and skills must be achieved.
The need of Skills lab for medical training is envisioned by Institute of Medicine for almost a decade. However, initiation was taken in 2006 to proceed for procuring standard equipments and manikins. Later in 2008, Skills lab was established in Maharajgunj Medical Campus (Medical wing of Institute of Medicine) in its administrative building (renowned as “Yellow building”). In the same year, Institute of Medicine has made a policy decision to run Skills Lab through National Centre for Health Professions Education. After the official mandate to run Skills lab, the member faculties have put on their efforts consistently for preparing the guidelines to train the skills specified in the curriculum. Besides training clinical skills to students of IOM, the Skills lab is planning to provide this facility to other institutions as well in future.
The members of Skills Lab Unit are:
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sangha Ratna Bajracharya
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Josie Baral
Member, Department of Obs/Gynaecology
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yagya Laxmi Shakya
Member, Department of GP & EM
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rabindra Bhakta Pradhanag
Member, Department of ENT
- Lecturer Dr. Prasan Bir Kansakar
Member, Department of General Surgery
- Lecturer Dr. Srijana Basnet
Member, Department of Paediatrics
- Lecturer Dr. Ragesh Karna
Member, Department of Internal Medicine
- Lecturer Dr. Nidhi Shah
Member, Department of Dermatology
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suresh Upreti
Member, Department of Orthopaedics
- Mrs. Meera Thapaliya