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