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Griffith medicine students at health cutting edge

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Griffith’s Felicity McIvor will be among the first medicine students to benefit from a wealth of cutting-edge facilities at the new Griffith Health Building and Gold Coast University Hospital.

The eleven-floor Griffith Health Building will be completed in 2013, opening the doors to an interdisciplinary learning environment that will also give students the opportunity to use facilities at the new Gold Coast University Hospital across the road.

A unique Health and Knowledge Precinct is developing around our Gold Coast campus. The new $150 million Griffith Health Centre and the $1.76 billion Gold Coast University Hospital are both scheduled to open in 2013.

The co-location of Griffith University and the Gold Coast University Hospital, and their new state-of-the-art facilities, will significantly extend the range of health and medical services on the Gold Coast. These facilities will create an ideal hands-on environment for the clinical training of doctors, nurses and future health professionals.

Associate Professor Gary Rogers from the School of Medicine said the new facilities – tailor made to Griffith’s learning-based clinical skills methodology – will include 20 clinical skills rooms each designed for six students and a facilitator.

“These small groups will have the opportunity to pre-prepare for clinical skills learning by watching video material of physical examination techniques or procedural skills such as insertion of a catheter for example. This allows for better use of small group time.

“Students can start practicing their skills straight away, with the facilitator coaching and guiding rather than just talking while they listen.

“With the new facility we also have the advantage of acoustically divided spaces, where student groups will be able to comfortably interact without interfering with each other’s work.

“Additionally we will be benefitting from a dedicated communication suite. Here each student can undertake simulated patient/doctor consultations with actors while the rest of the group and the facilitator observe through one-way glass. This will provide an unparalleled learning experience for our medical students,” said Associate Professor Rogers.

Felicity McIvorCurrently in her second year of a Bachelor of Medicine degree, Felicity McIvor will be among the first medicine students to take advantage of these state of the art facilities.

“I am really looking forward to the medicine and surgery electives that we will do in third year,” the Gold Coast resident said. “It will be fantastic to be able to benefit from all the new facilities and equipment.”

Image credit: Bachelor of Medicine student, Ms Felicity McIvor

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