Ibn Al-Baitar Clinical Simulation Centre

The Ibn Al-Baitar Clinical Simulation Centre is named after the Arab scholar, Ahmad Ibn Al-Baitar, in honour of his contributions to the fields of pharmacy, botany, physics and science. The Centre is a purpose-built learning environment, where state of the art simulation-based education takes place, offering RCSI Bahrain’s medicine and nursing students a safe, challenging and interactive clinical training environment.

Our Clinical Simulation Centre is designed to replicate a hospital setting. The facility features general wards, an emergency and critical care area, an obstetrics and delivery ward, two debriefing rooms, a control room with state-of-the-art audiovisual systems to allow live communication during the session, as well as recording and playback of sessions. The School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Midwifery share the centre, either autonomously or collectively, which provides our students the opportunity to experience interprofessional learning.

While training in the Centre, students are required to behave competently, as though they are in a hospital setting in terms of practice, communication and professionalism with clinicians, peers and patients. The teaching includes both mandatory teaching sessions and self-paced facilitated learning.

With patient care embedded into our teaching and curriculum, our facility uses the latest technology available in simulated clinical learning, which allows students to learn the necessary skills in a safe environment, before commencing their clinical rounds at our partner teaching hospitals.

Clinical teaching modalities

Procedural Skills

This is where students will hone their medical and nursing procedural skills by using task trainers in a safe simulated learning environment and mastering their essential skills throughout their studies. Students also practice interventional procedures, ultrasound skills and management of obstetric and paediatric patients.

Clinical Simulation

Clinical simulation is delivered through high-fidelity simulations using state-of-the-art mannikins, giving students an immersive and realistic clinical experience. The mannikins range from neonates through to adults and obstetrics. The teaching follows the highest standards of simulation teaching including briefing, facilitated simulation and debriefing, all taking place in a psychologically safe learning environment.

Simulated Patients

Simulated patients are specialists trained to portray patients and assume the history, behavioral, emotional and characteristics of a patient with health problems. They provide students with opportunities to practice and learn history taking, physical examination and develop their communication skills in pursuit of the high professionalism standards expected of them.

The university recruits and trains members of the community of all ages to become a Simulated Patient.

Interested in becoming a Simulated Patient?

Please contact RCSI Bahrain Sim Patient Unit by email spubh@rcsi-mub.com

Virtual Reality

Interactive virtual reality software offers students self-paced learning solutions with virtual patients. Students benefit from this virtual experience by practicing decision-making strategies and developing critical thinking.