The University of Concepción formalized the construction of its Institutional Clinical Simulation Center, whose objective is to expand the development tools of students in the health area.
With an investment of 4,200 million pesos, the project will be built on UdeC land located at Calle Barros Arana 1765, it will have a total of 2,470 square meters, which will allow it to serve 170 students simultaneously, and it is expected to be operational at mid 2023.
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The Simulation Center aims to provide a space for students in the health area to carry out clinical activities in a safe, effective and controlled manner in an environment that simulates reality. With this, they will be able to solve clinical situations of low and high complexity, developing new skills and learning.
The rector of the UdeC, Dr. Carlos Saavedra Rubilarindicated that “currently, the clinical fields in the higher education system -both in Chile and in the world- have had an evolution in which the rights of patients are increasingly considered and, therefore, practices practices in learning processes have been evolving and an important part of the initial training of people, who are trained in the field of life sciences and health, have been incorporated into these practices from simulation systems “.
“When our University makes the decision to make a greater investment to account for a clinical simulation center to attend to careers in this field, what it does is to catch up with the evolution of training processes worldwide”, he added.
Since, at the end of last January, the Board of Directors of the UdeC Corporation approved the financing of an Institutional Clinical Simulation Center, the university authorities have been working to achieve it in the shortest possible time.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Concepción, Charles Von Plessing Rosselmet with the Dean of Medicine, Mario Valdivia Peralta and the Dean of Nursing, Viviane Jofre Aravenain addition to the Vice Dean of Pharmacy, Claudia Radojkovic Navarroto publicize the details of this new educational infrastructure, as well as hear about the requirements from the different health areas.
It is an investment of 4,200 million pesos, which will come from the institution’s own resources, said the vice-chancellor. “When presenting the proposal to the Board of Directors, we requested that it be with our own resources, without debt. At the same time, we are already investing resources to buy equipment and supplies and we are going to present proposals to the Ministry of Education to obtain financing for implementation as well”, he said.
With the development of this center, the authorities explained, the UdeC will be able to count on a space where the students acquire more practice and with it, security, to face patients in the clinical fields.
Meanwhile, the Dean of Medicine, Mario Valdivia Peralta, explained that “this is a much-needed opportunity. Two years ago, it was an aspiration of the faculties with careers in the health area, but today with the pandemic it has become urgent. If we manage to work together and make the necessary technical contributions, this should take the education of health careers to a new level that allows improving skills and not depending so much on clinical fields.
For her part, the Dean of Nursing, Viviane Jofré Aravena, stressed that this work “concretizes a challenge that we have had for many years. There are different variables that have influenced the decrease in time in clinical services”.
Beyond this contingency, the dean pointed out that simulation is a strategy that has been incorporated into the Nursing curriculum since 2013, “and we already had spaces for years, but this center ensures that it is done the way it is. that theoretically should be done.
It is not about replacing clinical practice, assured the Vice Dean of Pharmacy, Claudia Radojkovic Navarro, but “a tool to bring students closer to the real world of the profession, in order to combine teaching strategies, so that when face the real clinical field have more experience and confidence in procedures. With this, the use of the clinical field is better used and its use becomes more intensive”.
Regarding the meeting with the authorities of the faculties, the Vice Chancellor pointed out that it was a meeting “to give them information on how we are visualizing the enabling of this space and also to work with them on the adjustments in accordance with the requirements of each faculty. , always recognizing that it is an institutional center and space must be given to all races. Another task is the corresponding training, in which institutional experts in simulation will participate”.
Rector Saavedra added that “in clinical fields at the University, in total – in careers
life sciences and health – there are a little more than 3 thousand students. and we hope that this
replace the training processes of about 20% of the subjects; this,
naturally leads us to about 600-700 students who will benefit from
stationary in this space.