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Light shed on using Virtual Hospital for training students

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 2: Dr Alexandre Mignon, Director of iLumens, a Medical Teaching University Laboratory based on Digital Technologies and Simulations, delivered a medical lecture expounding on the advantages of using the Virtual Hospital for training medical students at the Faculty of Medicine in Jabriya, Monday afternoon.

At the lecture, organized by the French Embassy in partnership with the Health Sciences Center of Kuwait University, Dr Federic Dardel, President of Paris Descartes University highlighted other outstanding French Medical projects.

The Virtual Hospital mimics the reality of a clinical environment to ensure that medical students receive the best training without bringing any harm to patients. Dr. Mignon pointed out that the aviation industry that highly relied on simulation platforms in training had reduced fatality to one in four million while the health care sector still recorded a one in four hundred statistic, as stated by the ENEIS study.
In an industry where 50 per cent of one’s acquired knowledge is subject to change from time to time, he stressed the need for continuous training in an experiential way that involves students to help them understand better. This, he deems, will improve the learning curve, delivering competent healthcare providers.

The Virtual Hospital hones knowledge, skill and attitude to deliver performance through a multidisciplinary simulation center that uses problem based scenarios.  Incorporating the entire simulation platform would require an investment of around KD 1 million.

Medusims, by iLumens, developed with Dassaut Systèmes, provides a life-like environment, entirely developed in 3D, to exercise life saving skills.  On the Staying Alive web portal, both healthcare professionals and the public are able to learn appropriate behavior, movements and techniques that can contribute to saving the life of a person who has experienced sudden cardiac arrest. Dr. Mignon drew attention to the fact that in a virtual 3D world, anyone can train and practice the potentially lifesaving techniques. Even as video games have improved skills of gamers over the years, it is believed that training through gamification will help Healthcare professionals, as well as the public, visualize and train to administer first aid, in a collaborative 3D environment using the Web. As an added feature, they can evaluate their results, and even have training sessions with friends through a Facebook application.
Dr Dardel stated that the Paris Descartes University is a multidisciplinary historical university in Central Paris that uses innovative teaching methods like computer science and robotics, research oriented teaching, e-learning and serious games as well as the virtual hospital simulation.

Possible partnerships between France and Kuwait could include joint research projects, joint educational projects involving students and resident or virtual teaching and e-learning, joint endowed chairs with resident and physician exchange, original research and clinical training, Dardel said. 
He added that local training and teaching, exchange of know-how and technology in the fields of genetics, epidemiology, data analysis, biomarker analysis, phenotyping, research facilities, clinical facilities and the establishing of joint ventures are viable options of cooperation.

The University, part of the leading Sorbonne Paris Cite research consortium,  boasts of cutting edge research in the fields of human genetics, inflammation, cancer, mathematics, immunity, infectious diseases, toxicology, pharmacology and drug discovery along with cardiovascular research.
With regard to genetic diseases, Dr Dardel stated that focus has been laid on rare and orphan diseases, genetic mapping and genotyping while pioneering in gene therapy. The implications are wide, Imagine Institute has discovered over 100 genes for genetic diseases, with significant tie in to metabolic diseases like diabetes, neurological and psychiatric disorders, muscular diseases, myopathies, hereditary defects in immunity and genetic predisposition to infectious diseases and nephropathies as well as hematological diseases.
Cochin Research Institute has a staff of over 150 in its Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes department working on immunology of type 1 diabetes mellitus, control and development of the endocrine pancreas, insulin and glucose signaling, the connections between diabetes and cancer and understanding the genetics of diabetes.
In the area of ophthalmology, Cochin Hospital has established itself as an excellence centre for retinal diseases and macular oedema with cutting edge research entailing patient phenotype, clinical trials, novel treatments and specific ocular drug delivery.
He also highlighted the Cardiovascular Stem Cell Center which deals Adult, umbilical cord-derived and pluripotent stem cells, small and large animal models of myocardial infarction and chronic limb ischemia, conducts stem cell human trials and regular training of doctoral and postdoctoral students.

By: Cinatra Fernandes Arab Times Staff

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