Clinical skills laboratory
Clinical skills learning plays an important role in education at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Maribor. We started learning clinical skills in 2010 when our Clinical skills laboratory first opened its doors.
In the Clinical skills laboratory students can practice basic clinical skills in a safe and controlled environment before approaching real patients. It is used in the scope of regular subjects Internal medicine with propaedeutics and Surgery, as well as in an elective subject Selected Topics and Novelties in Internal Medicine. Students practice physical examinations (medical history taking, abdominal, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, locomotor system examination), suturing and performing some of the practical clinical skills, such as blood pressure measurement, rectal examination, venous puncture, intramuscular injection application, subcutaneous injection application, urinary bladder catheterisation, peripheral venous cannulation, intravenous set-up, arterial blood sampling, and orientational abdominal ultrasound examination. Acquired knowledge is assessed with an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) that was first performed in the scope of the elective subject Selected Topics and Novelties in Internal Medicine in 2010. Nowadays OSCE is also used for Internal medicine with propaedeutics.
Different workshops such as the congress “Research is the Backbone of Medicine (RIBOM)” in 2015, clinical skills marathon “Klinikfest” in 2016, workshops for Erasmus students and students on IFMSA exchanges in 2017 are conducted in the Clinical skills laboratory as well.
In the Simulation Center at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Maribor a variety of simulators (Sim Man® 3g, METI®, iStan®) are used in the scope of the subjects Anaesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Selected Topics and Novelties in Propaedeutics, Medical Biotechnology, Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine, etc. There are also specialized simulators for performing endoscopic procedures in gastroenterology, pulmonology, cardiology, radiology, laparoscopic surgery, and laparoscopic gynaecology. Practising with simulations allows students to comprehensively treat patients and practice teamwork, it stimulates their thinking and allows them learning on their own mistakes. Simulations allow repetition, analysis of the results and progress in the integrated treatment of patients without adverse effects on the patient.