The Medical School opened its doors to the community on Saturday 17 May as part of the School's 10th birthday celebrations.
Canberrans were invited to join medical school staff, students and volunteers for an informal, behind the scenes look at teaching facilities and activities that take place in the Medical School in Building 4 at Canberra Hospital.
“The open day was an opportunity for people to see where clinical skills are taught,” said Suzanne McKenzie, Manager of ANU Medical School Canberra Hospital Campus.
“Clinical skills teaching is a significant component of a medical teaching curriculum. The Open Day gave people the opportunity to see where the School is and to have a look inside and see a sample of what clinical skills teaching involves.”
ANU medical students study at the Canberra Hospital Campus one day per week in the first 2 years of the 4-year degree, and in the final years they spend more time in the hospital environment.
Ms McKenzie said the open day was a great way to mark the 10th birthday celebrations.
“We have come a long way since opening our doors in 2004. The campus started life in cramped quarters on Level 7 of the main tower at Canberra Hospital. In 2005 the new building was finished and the School moved into its purpose built accommodation. This was a significant change and has made delivering the program more effective and more comfortable for everyone,” she said.
A range of displays were on show at the open day including simulation models and mannequins that are used in clinical training across all four years of the medical degree.
Delivering the teaching program at the Medical School’s Canberra Hospital Campus involves many people including clinical skills lecturers, tutors, volunteer patients, nurse educators, and real and simulated patients.