Medical University arranges Simulation Center

Works on the Didactics and Medical Simulation Center (DMSC) were finished in October last year. However, the building is not opened yet as the Medical University of Silesia – an investor of the undertaking – provides the Center with high technology equipment. The first classes are planned for autumn.

The DMSC was created in the old hospital laundry on Medyków St. It will be one of a kind unit in Poland where future medical professionals will be training rescue service, surgeries and general practice using a wide range of modern equipment spread over 1 630 sq. meters of space. The main purpose of Center is to operate like a real hospital and to properly educate students through the use of phantoms and simulators.

There will be forty different types of phantoms and training anatomy manikins. Part of the equipment was already set up in the building. “The University also decides following competitive tenders for the remaining equipment. The procedures are complicated and need time. We plan to open the DMSC in October this year when the new academic year starts” – said Iwona Sroga, Manager at the Didactics and Medical Simulation Center.

The University has to provide the medical gear for ten medical simulation rooms including, among others: surgery, intensive care room, two hospital rescue rooms, two pediatric rooms and even a simulator of an ambulance and a first-aid chamber. All that has to help to create scenes which can take place during future professional duties of students, to make mistakes with no consequences for patients life and to analyze it. An IT solution of the multimedia hall will be based on an information-communication technology (ICT) providing access to medical databases and e-learning.

The Center will be mostly used by undergraduate students of general medicine, dentistry, biotechnology and pharmacy. The building was erected by Erbud S.A. The construction work and the equipment cost PLN 30 million. 85% of the amount is granted by the European Union, 15% is financed from the state budget.