– Yeah, what we’ve done today is a really unique simulation activity. It’s essentially recreating an
entire emergency department, and our students have to come in and look after their patients. Working with the nursing staff, working with supervising doctors. Having to fill out the paperwork. Having to request the tests. And most of all, having to talk with their patients and help them, whether it’s with pain
relief or making a diagnosis or a whole range of other treatments. – So they’re simulated
patients in the terms of they’re actors who come in,
and it’s very extensive. Like the patient that I saw,
she came in with bruises, all of that makeup and things, but they’re very real and
they’re very emotional as well. So a lot of them break
down in front of you, and it’s really about how
to cope with that situation and how to make them
feel heard and cared for. – So today the way that everything worked was essentially walked
in, and then there was a big, big notice board with
all the patients’ names on it. Bit like a triage, and
you’re allocated a patient. Given the chart with
all the different forms and said off you go. So you have to go and, being the doctor, talk to the patient and assess them. So do your, some questions
and examine them. Then you’ve got the nursing
staff all around you, so you need to coordinate with them. Well, there the tests and then you need to present to your main doctor
who’s supervising the patient and discuss with them
what you’d like to do. It was really detailed. This sim was fantastic, because even if you
wanted to order a test, you’d have to go to the
pathology department with the form and ask them. Or if you wanted to admit a patient, you literally got on the
telephone and called the number and spoke to the person on
the other end, which was … We’ve never done anything
like that before. It was so real once you’re in it. – Perhaps most of all, I
think one of the things this does is it allows the students to reflect on their own
strengths and weaknesses. This day that they come to
perform their patient care, they get a real idea, “Well, there’re some things I
can actually do here, and that’s really good, but there’re some things
that are really hard.” They often cite things like the paperwork and having to look after
multiple patients at once. So it almost serves as a
bit of a needs analysis for them about where they need to go between now and when they’re
doing those clinical rotations. – So I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, because the interesting
thing is you get to combine your knowledge based on the
body and your science knowledge, which I really enjoy learning about. But then you get to apply it
to each different patient, who in themselves is a
sort of little puzzle that you need to solve and
the reward at the end of it is you’re helping people. You’re potentially saving lives. So it’s just the most amazing form of problem solving that you can think of, and that’s what I really,
really enjoy about it.