A one day hands-on workshop on MedSim, a computer-based medical simulation software developed Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in association with CDAC Trivandrum, under a research grant from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, was conducted for the final year MBBS students of Trivandrum Medical College on March 3, 2017. 

The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Girija Kumari, Vice Principal of Trivandrum Medical College. Convener members from Meity, Shri D.K. Kalra and Dr. Santosh K. Pandey were also present at this time. Dr. Sunilkumar (Chief Investigator), CDAC (Trivandrum) and Dr. Prema Nedungadi (Co-Investigator), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, were part of the function. Mr. Rathish Gangadharan, Senior Project Manager (Amrita CREATE), gave a brief introduction of the project, followed by a detailed software demonstration by Dr. Romita Shine (Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham). The workshop was attended by 27 house surgeons from the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. 

“Medical Simulations can positively impact undergraduate medical education,” said Dr. Libu, Professor in Community Medicine (Trivandrum Medical College) who coordinated the workshop.The participants greatly appreciated the medical simulation software saying that this was the first time they had seen such a unique and user-friendly medical software. 

Amrita CREATE, the Amrita Center for Research in Analytics & Technologies for Education, is working on Medical Simulation-based education and is a rapidly developing method of supplementing and enhancing the clinical education of medical students. In the MedSIM Software developed by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and CDAC Trivandrum, clinical situations are simulated for teaching and learning purposes, creating opportunities for deliberate practice of new skills without involving real patients.

This workshop is part of a series of workshops that are being held by Amrita CREATE as part of the ongoing deployment drive on the MedSIM software.

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