Edition 32

October 2020







As we resume educational activities on-campus we are ultra-cautious with the use of simulation spaces and equipment, following very strict spacing, ventilation and cleanliness policies. So far so good. Business is picking up and we welcome our students to CIME where they can continue to develop their clinical skills with peace of mind. We ask everyone not to congregate in groups in the public spaces of CIME, and to enter/exit briskly through the SONAM gate upstairs to the 1st floor corridor, accessing CIME from this point. We will inform as soon as we regain access to the ground floor for educational purposes.

Time doesn’t stand still for anything, not even COVID although it seems like that sometimes. Despite everything the Academic Building in Nairobi is nearing completion and CIME has a full floor in one part of the building approaching 30,000 square feet. We in CIME have been working with the project team to design a centre that incorporates all that we have learned from CIME Karachi. It will take some time to be operational but as we prepare for the proposed undergraduate programmes in Nursing and Medicine in Nairobi, that needs to be the drop-dead deadline, possibly in 2022. The AKU home-grown expertise in Karachi will help facilitate this process. This has the potential to be an amazing centre: the only one of its kind anywhere in Africa, soon to be joined, of course by a second in Kampala. Together with Karachi, this will achieve the vision of ‘One CIME, Three Locations’.

Professor Charles Docherty








Healthcare Simulation Week 2020

We celebrated Healthcare Simulation Week 2020 with the global healthcare simulation community to raise awareness about our profession and the work we do to advance students’ learning and patient care.

This year we approached electronic media; Express News, Geo TV, and Samaa TV, to promote the importance of healthcare simulation in improving the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health delivery and outcomes. The CIME team was interviewed in Expresso Morning Show, Geo Pakistan, Samaa Health and Naya Din Samaa TV Morning Show. We then had a simulated Oscar Ceremony for the Best Actor, Actress etc, within the CIME team.








Students kick-off their first simulation session

To illustrate how students have returned to CIME, we highlight their first simulation session. UGME Year V students as a part of the Emergency Rotation, participated in simulation-based Advanced Cardiac Life Support and practiced provision of Primary Trauma Care to a patient with RTA at CIME.






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Preparing community midwives

Most births in Pakistan happen at home: no frills and minimal attendance perhaps by a lady health visitor or an experienced Aunt. Midwives professionalise this service and help cut infant and maternal mortality, often working in diverse communities with ethnicity issues to contend with. Providing on-going educational activities is essential to effectively maintain skills sets, knowledge and attitudes to deal with difficult situations.

To address this, a simulation-based orientation programme was designed to improve the midwives’ experiences of care in the community. The aim was to provide participants enough skills and knowledge about social problems, and the emotional, physical, and social conditions underlying pregnancy, so that they can provide effective care.








Phlebotomy workshop for nursing technicians

A single wrong technique in phlebotomy has the capacity to cause pain, bruising, nerve damage perhaps false results, haemolysis, prolonged hospitalization, delayed or missed diagnosis, unnecessary use of antibiotics and a financial burden on the patient. In addition to this, it can lead to a loss of confidence in caregivers and anxiety over future procedures. Health workers are also at risk of needle-stick injury and blood-borne infection if the proper technique is not adhered to.

In addressing these issues, it is vital to teach this procedure in a simulated setting, with feedback on performance and the development of competence, protecting both health workers and patients.





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COVID-19 handbook: How not to go viral?

COVID isn’t going anywhere soon, and as schools re-open in Pakistan it is vital that myths and misconceptions are dispelled. It is vital that the truth about this disease is propagated to help prevent its spread to ensure the safety of our students and teachers.

With this aim in mind, the medical and nursing students from SPIE - Society for Promoting Innovation in Education have sifted through the volumes of information and disinformation on COVID-19 and compiled a user-friendly but comprehensive booklet for schools and students across Pakistan. The book includes knowledge about symptoms, prevention, self-screening advice and guidelines for self-isolation and quarantine. It comes with quizzes and links to interactive animations to provide confidence to the reader to continue daily activities in the safest way possible.

This initiative is designed to supplement the efforts of schools, colleges and universities in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by promoting understanding and social responsibility. In turn, this will reduce the pressure on frontline staff and the country’s healthcare facilities.

You can grab your copy by clicking on this link: https://www.aku.edu/cime/Documents/covid-booklet.pdf

Happy reading!





SeeMe in Media!



Expresso Morning Show






Geo Pakistan Morning Show






Khabar Bakhair TV Show 






Naya Din Morning Show





Samaa Health






Webinar “COVID-19 and pulmonary infections: Adapting to the new normal”






Shoulder Dystocia workshop









I-SPIE CIME: a students’ eye-view

Accompany new students on a tour of the Aga Khan University’s Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME) - the first in South Asia to be accredited by the US-based Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Let our students from SPIE, (the society for promoting innovation in education) be your guide.

Witness the pedagogically optimised venues for seminars, conferences and workshops as well as our high fidelity simulated hospital and community environments. CIME is the most innovative healthcare teaching and learning centre in Pakistan as well as in the region, and aspires to be on a par with the best in the world. Watch video…




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