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Actors and manikins used in medical training

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Christchurch medical students are working with actors and a high-technology manikin to practise dealing with acute patient scenarios before encountering them in the real world.

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Williams Evans Visiting Fellow: Prof Jean Ker

Jean Ker picHosted by the Medical Education Unit, the UOC Simulation Centre warmly welcomes Professor Jean Ker as a William Evans Visiting Fellow.

Prof Ker is currently employed by NHS Education for Scotland as Lead for Clinical Skills and Simulation. She was previously employed by the University of Dundee as Professor of Medical Education and Associate Dean of Innovation and Medical Education (until mid-2016).

Jean is a General Practitioner with extensive experience with teaching clinical skills at Dundee Medical School and with IPE (interprofessional education) at undergraduate level. She led the development, delivery and evaluation of an integrated clinical skills programme in the undergraduate medical curriculum at the University of Dundee as Director from 2002-14 fulfilling the requirements of the GMC Tomorrows Doctors. She also led the development of the clinical skills inter-professional programme for nursing and medical students and the establishment of the simulated patient programme.

In 2001 Prof Ker established the Scottish Clinical Skills Network and in 2007 was appointed Clinical Lead Scottish Clinical Skills Managed Educational Network. In 2011 Prof Ker developed the Dow Clinical Simulation Suite.
Prof Ker also led the development of a Medical Education PhD programme at Dundee University and introduced a Masters in Simulation Based Education for Safe Clinical Practice in 2014.

Jean has extensive experience and success as a researcher and scholar and has over 100 peer reviewed publications book chapters and online resources and is on the national and international editorial boards for peer reviewed journals on simulation and medical education. She also worked on behalf of the WHO and BMA (British Medical Association) in medical care and primary care and continues to work in international collaborations in relation to clinical skills, SBE and medical education.

Professor Ker's Christchurch schedule

Canterbury Collaborative Simulation Interest Group (CCSIG) Meeting

Date: Tuesday 26th September, 1:30pm - 4:30pm 
Location: Beaven Lecture Theatre and Foyer 
Open to all with an interest in simulation
Registration and enquiries: pdu@cdhb.health.nz

Feedback and debriefing workshop

Date: Wednesday 27th September, 9am - 11am
Location: UOC Simulation Centre, 1/72 Oxford Terrace
Registration: stephen.sharp@otago.ac.nz

In-situ simulation - the ED experience

Date: Friday 29th September, 8:30am - 9:45am
Location: Beaven Lecture Theatre
Registration: stephen.sharp@otago.ac.nz

Feedback (and debriefing) in teaching and clinical practice

Date: Friday 29th September, 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Beaven Lecture Theatre
Registration: stephen.sharp@otago.ac.nz

To simulate or not to simulate - is that the question?

Date: Friday 29th September, 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Location: Rolleston Lecture Theatre
CHCH Hospital Grand Round, lunch from 12:15pm
All staff and students welcome

New Graduate-entry Nursing Students begin Study

11th March 2016

The first intake of nursing students in the University of Otago, Christchurch's new two-year graduate-entry Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) degree have begun their study.

Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Master of Nursing Students leaving for their first ward experience at ChCh Hospital

University of Otago, Christchurch’s Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies director, Dr Philippa Seaton, says this exciting new programme provides a pathway for students to build on their previous undergraduate education to become a nurse, preparing them for work in a range of healthcare settings.

This professional Master’s degree is undertaken through an intensive two-year programme specifically designed to bring together clinical experience and integrated academic learning, and research skill and experience; preparing the graduates to contribute to the complex healthcare environment of today and in the future. The programme is accredited by the Nursing Council of New Zealand to lead to registration as a nurse with a Master’s qualification.

The degree is comprised of 12 papers integrated with clinical experiences and a research project. Academic activities and development of clinical skills in preparation for clinical placements are undertaken on the Christchurch campus. This includes ongoing time in the University of Otago Christchurch Clinical Simulation Centre, ensuring students are ready for their clinical experiences.

Masters students developing clinical skills in the University of Otago, Christchurch, Simulation Centre

Students will undertake supported clinical practice experiences at various locations across the South Island in a range of health care settings including community and family/whanau health, acute care, mental health, and aged care.

Dr Seaton says the staff and students of the University of Otago Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies appreciate working closely with their clinical colleagues in the health provider organisations in developing the heath workforce and contributing to quality care.

Public Health Lectures

Public Health Lectures Poster

Free public lecture series held in the Rolleston Lecture Theatre, on the ground floor at 2 Riccarton Avenue, on the Christchurch Hospital campus.

All lectures are on a Wednesday between 7-8pm, click on poster for full details.