The University of Liberia College of Health Sciences (ULCHS), in partnership with the USAID-funded BRIDE-U: Liberia project on Tuesday September 6, 2022, officially dedicated and opened an Experiential Learning and Assessment Laboratory (ELAB) at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor. The ELAB is aimed at improving inter-professional, lifelong learning, and high-fidelity training for clinical healthcare workers across the country. The ELAB-CTI’S clinical simulation education program trains clinicians to competently and confidently provide patient care through the use of lifelike manikins and other training tools to mimic different clinical scenarios. The ELAB facility at the JFK Medical Center will allow Medical students and learners to practice both basic procedural skills (IV INSERTION, Catheterization) as well as complex decision-making communication and networking. At the same time, the ELAB tailored scenarios will train care providers in evidence-based best practices and allow them to rehearse new standards of care, elevating their practice based on relevant research findings and new development in clinical practice. The ELAB will train all cadres of clinical healthcare workers, doctors nurses, midwives, physician assistants, pharmacists and others who contribute to patient care and the learner will not only practice cadre-specific skills but also, participate in inter-professional simulation scenarios, mimicking the reality of team composition in the hospital or clinic. Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Executive Officer and General Administrator of the JFK Medical Center Dr. Jerry Fahnloe Brown said the hospital is very excited to form part of this history-making process. He extended thanks and appreciation to the Government of Liberia and its partners for the great initiative. According to Dr. Brown, there were many who never had the opportunity to have this in their medical school. He said it is another opportunity for students and health care providers, urging them to take advantage of it.“We are urging everyone in here to see how best we can work together and sustain this project because sustainability means a lot to this project,” he said. Also making remarks at the occasion was the Project Director of BRIDGE-U: Liberia, Ms. Chelsea Plyler, who indicated that the project is the effort of many different partners and this is a starting point for enhancing knowledge. She said Liberia’s Ministry of Health played an important role in the implementation of the project. Dr. Hawa Koon , Deputy Director Center for Teaching, Learning and Innovation, provided an overview and brief historicity about the ELAB project. The Experiential Learning and Assessment Laboratory (ELAB) project was officially unveiled by the family of the late Dr. Samuel G. Bowman in whose honor the project was implemented. Dr. Bowman was a renowned Liberian gynecologist who contributed immensely to the health sector of Liberia.
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