Collaborative simulation training strengthens students’ clinical confidence

Final year Monash medical students had the opportunity to learn alongside the emergency team from Mildura Base Public Hospital during a recent simulation session at Monash Rural Health Mildura.

Students Harrison Monk and Poojani Pathirana joined Dr Anirban Rashid, Emergency specialist at Mildura Base Public Hospital (MBPH), and members of the emergency team to practice advanced life support simulations.

"Being able to take part in such an activity greatly benefited my learning as it allowed me to gain an insight into how a proper medical team works together in an emergency situation,” explained Harrison.Monash medical students in simulation centre at Monash Rural Health Mildura

“It also provided the perfect platform to apply theoretical knowledge into actual “clinical” practice. Being with the emergency team allowed me to gauge where the benchmark of practice is, while feeling comfortable to get involved knowing it is only a simulation."

Monash Rural Health Mildura regularly shares their simulation facilities and equipment with local healthcare providers, such as Ambulance Victoria Loddon Mallee and Princes Court Homes.

Kristy Allen, simulation laboratory coordinator at Monash Rural Health Mildura, noted the significant benefits of clinical staff and medical students learning together.

"This strengthens relationships between our students and Mildura Base Public Hospital clinical staff. It provides students with increased understanding of a junior doctor’s role within a health care team and the ability for all participants to identify shared knowledge, skills and opportunities that exist whilst students are on placement in Mildura."

For Harrison, the opportunity to practice scenarios with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals is key to helping build his clinical confidence and connections.

"It so happened that in the days following, I was involved in some life support situations and my learnings from this session went a long way in helping me better understand the situation. Being able to be involved with such simulations at the school also helps you get involved in the hospital, as the doctors and nurses in the simulations are the same you work with in the Emergency Department meaning they know you and are happy to help you out in the hospital.”