The Faculty of Medicine in Ostrava will establish a Training Hospital worth a quarter of a billion

Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ostrava will receive funding from the European Union for the construction of a training hospital. The project, through which university successfully applied for money this spring, was approved. And so nothing prevents The Faculty of Medicine from the establishment of a unique simulation centre for practical training of future physicians and healthcare professionals in coming years. The Faculty of Medicine in Ostrava will be one of the few in the Czech Republic that can boast a unique simulation centre.

Medical students and other medical fields students in Ostrava will have studied in a unique training hospital by two years. "Thanks to the construction of a training hospital, the teaching at our faculty will be further improved. As well as the future pilots of the aircraft try to drive on the simulators, so today students are even more often educated on simulators, which are very sophisticated and use modern computer technology." The Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in Ostrava, associate professor Arnošt Martínek says: "I am glad that the students of our faculty will have such opportunity."

The construction of the hospital will cost about 250 million crowns. The advantage of the project is a smaller financial demand as the school does not have to build a brand new building. Since the premises of the faculty originally served as a hospital, the simulation centre will be established by the reconstruction of the dean's building. In the simulation centre, you could find emergency department, surgical room, intensive care unit, or operating centre and real medical equipment, on the contrary, the only thing missing in the training hospital, will be patients. They will be replaced by dummies, simulators and anatomical models. It will be here where the students will be able to learn simple, but also complex and complicated tasks from blood collection to the operations. “For example, the surgical room will faithfully copy the real one. The centre will have its operating centre and the equipment, which will be based on a real environment. And there will also be a model of an ambulance car for training operations during transport. Almost all rooms will be equipped with a camera and a sound sensor, through which professional guarantors will supervise the students during their training. Dr Ivona Závacká, the project guarantor, explains that "The obtained video records will then serve for analyzing the correctness of procedures and all individual steps within the intervention."

The simulation centre will include a multifunctional admission, divided into three parts to simulate three different situations.In the first part of the room, students will be able to practice treating the patients in the field. In the second part, there will be an ambulance car. In the third part of the room, there will be a closed space intended for training in confined conditions. The training hospital will have its Emergency or Anesteziology and Intensive Departments. A part of the simulation centre will be a training apartment with a kitchen, a bathroom or a bedroom, where students will be able to handle the patient in their home environment.

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ostrava was established ten years ago. Over 1,000 people apply for medical studies every year. Last year, the faculty began to teach in English, which opened the university to foreign students. In the last academic year (2018/2019), a total number of 64 students completed their studies in the field of General Medicine. And while a few years ago about ten per cent of graduates from General Medicine wanted to stay in the region of Ostrava, nowadays according to the latest survey, almost 80 per cent of graduates want to stay in the Moravian-Silesian Region. Altogether, the Faculty can boast a total number of 281 graduated doctors who have successfully completed their medical studies in Ostrava. This year, the largest number of medical students (the total number of 134 students) should enrol in the field of General Medicine since its establishment.

Photo: The simulation centre prepares students for practice. Students will learn fundamental tasks such as blood collection, and in the following years, they will be able to perform surgical procedures in a real operating theatre.
Author: Archive of the Faculty of Medicine.

Updated: 02. 09. 2019