The Aga Khan University’s Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME) concluded its first action-packed Clinical Simulation Educators Programme (CSEP) in Nairobi. The previous on-line version during lockdown really missed the practice element. This week in late September made up for that. Doctors and nurses travelled from Uganda and Tanzania to join their Kenyan colleagues in AKU. They were not alone: participants from two other Kenyan Universities also participated.
The course demonstrated the art and science of simulation-based learning and its role in teaching the next generation of healthcare professionals, with just enough theory to guide practice.
“I am proud to have been trained in concepts of simulation-based education and skills training at CIME Nairobi. Simulation in healthcare is the game changer that will drive quality and safer patient care. The week-long programme provided effective training in both technical and non-technical methods without compromising patient safety” said Cliff Asher Aliga, a senior instructor from AKU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery in Uganda.
The Nairobi CIME was formally inaugurated in June 2021 representing a significant milestone in the provision of quality healthcare education in East Africa and beyond. Once fully equipped, teachers will employ cutting edge technology to deliver courses that cater to their students’ learning needs.
“Our faculty are being trained to create interactive clinical scenarios using high fidelity manikins and video-enhanced debriefing tools to further augment their lessons,” said Professor Charles Docherty, CIME’s Global Director. “Yes, some may say that simulation is but one tool in the box: but this is a top of the range power tool for clinical learning!”
CIME will offer CSEP from Nairobi again next year, with the aim of developing home-grown expertise at AKU, while providing well-appreciated assistance, direction, and collaboration to a diverse range of educational institutions in the region. Over time, the Centre will be able to offer a wide array of simulation-based education and research opportunities for healthcare professionals across the continent.