State of the art simulation to help train doctors at Kelowna General Hospital

Two $500,000 donations have helped set up a special simulation clinic to that gives medical students a 'hands-on' experience.

His name is Sam and he’s the next best thing to a human patient for medical students in Kelowna, training for cardiac care at the UBC Okanagan’s campus building at Kelowna General Hospital.

Sam, the nickname given to him by staff at the hospital, is a SimMan,  a portable, high-fidelity patient simulator that mimics the physiological reactions of a live human being. Looking like an electronic mannequin, Sam bleeds, sweats, blinks, breathes, and talks as a real person does. And that allows students to practice all the techniques required for cardiac care.

The high-tech Sim Man is designed to respond to numerous medical procedures, including cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), intubation, resuscitation and defibrillation.

Along with Harvey, a stationary patient simulator that replicates cardio and pulmonary sounds and allows students and health-care professionals to identify and discuss patient sounds and medical conditions, the pair are part of a new, state-of-the-art patient simulation centre tat opened Wednesday at the clinical academic campus of UBC’s Southern Medical Program at Kelowna General Hospital.

The facility is supported by a $500,000 donation from The Colin and Lois Pritchard Foundation.

The Pritchard Simulation Centre – a joint venture between the UBC’s faculty of medicine and Interior Health – will replicate a variety of high-risk  and low-probability medical scenarios to provide hands-on training experience.

“Patient simulation is highly advantageous to medical education and health professional training,” said Dr. Allan Jones, UBC’s regional associate dean for the B.C. Interior.

“It helps promote patient safety, benefits clinical skills teaching, and provides opportunities for inter-professional team training. This centre will be an invaluable resource for both Southern Medical Program students and countless health professionals in our region.”

The centre will be used extensively for medicine and nursing education and continuing professional development particularly for cardiac and critical-care personnel.

The Pritchard’s, who have also donated money that helped open a floor of the new Paulson Tower at Vernon’s Jubillee Hospital, were praised for their generosity Wednesday, both here in the community and abroad, where they support medical programs in Africa.

“Our family values health care and education,” says Colin Pritchard. “Our hope is that this centre will advance training for both medical students and health professionals in our region, and contribute to the quality of health care in the Southern Interior.”

The Pritchard family has also created an endowment fund to support student awards in the Southern Medical Program. Their gift of $50,000 has been matched by an anonymous donor. The fund will provide bursaries to medical students in the Southern Medical Program.

“The generosity of the Colin and Lois Pritchard Foundation as well as the anonymous donor will benefit the health professionals – including Southern Medical program students – being trained here in Kelowna,” said Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson.

“The contribution announced today builds on the dollars being invested in health care in the region.”


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