About the Centre

The Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME) is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose, multi-disciplinary and multi-professional facility for all health professions (medicine, nursing, dentistry and allied health) across the continuum of undergraduate and postgraduate students to practitioners and specialists. CIME aims to transform clinical education, promote innovation and research, bridging boundaries between professions, and safeguards ethics and patient safety. It is envisioned to be a resource for the nation and the region.

CIME is located adjacent to the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM), diagonally opposite to the private wing of the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan and covers an area of 80,000 sq. ft. The Centre comprises of three buildings; the Maryam Bashir Dawood Building, Ibne Sina Building and the Shiraz Boghani, and has four sections, each section is fully equipped with video conferencing facilities. 


CIME, as a world-class centre, is envisioned to be a centre for innovation and research in skills development, for newer pedagogy, techniques and procedures; a resource for AKU, for Pakistan and the region.


The CIME aims to transform education in Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry and Allied Health across the continuum of undergraduate, postgraduate students, practitioners, specialists and subspecialists. It aims to bridge boundaries across health professions enhancing teamwork and inter-professional education. It has the potential for supporting and encouraging innovation in biomedical engineering and simulation studies, spearheading simulation-based learning and research in teaching with technology in the region.

The focus is developing higher order cognitive, behavioural, communication, clinical, procedural and operative skills, from basic to cutting edge and innovative.  

The intent is to optimise performance in real life by synergizing the effects of theory with practice on mannequins, simulators, real and simulated patients, learning from the web and virtual reality.


The Goals of CIME are to

  1. Integrate simulation into the undergraduate and postgraduate medical education programmes, including team training
  2. Broaden and enhance Simulation-based Continuing Professional Development and inter-professional education
  3. Initiate Simulation-based Research and Innovation
  4. Develop a plan for Financial Sustainability
  5. Build Leaders in Simulations and Simulation-based Medical Education
  6. Build Bridges and Collaborations, including collaborations with industry

Section I: Cognitive, Behavioural and Clinical Skills Learning and Assessment Circuit

This section has twelve multipurpose two-room units, each room can interchangeably be used as a clinic or a space for small group learning, with examiner observation facilities via one-way-glass. Therefore, it is suitable for conducting the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. This section includes a Standardised Patient Centre.

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Section II: Four 5-bedded Wards for Skills Acquisition and Assessment

This section has four five-bedded wards (one of which can also be used for decontamination/isolation room training). It has an Instruction- cum-Debriefing Room which can accommodate up to 40 persons.  


Multipurpose Educational Hall  with High Interconnectivity, Joins Section I to Section II

The hall utilises modern Audio-Visual and Information Technology that adds a new dimension to educational seminars, sessions and workshops, making them more effervescent, collaborative, connected and yet controlled.  


Section III: The High Fidelity Simulation Centre 

This high fidelity simulation centre has a mock operating room, a phantom-head dental lab, a paediatric resuscitation room and a high-risk obstetrics room, dry lab, multi-disciplinary simulation lab with endoscopy, bronchoscopy, angiography, laparoscopic and other surgical and radiological simulators and debriefing rooms.


Section IV: e-Health Innovation Centre with Information Communication Technology (ICT)

CIME upholds the principles of quality and access by connecting the people in Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan to AKU faculty via telemedicine clinics. It also has an e-Health / virtual ward, a digital library and a Virtual Research Simulation Unit.