In May this year, The Siklos Centre for Clinical Skills and Simulation was officially opened at West Suffolk Hospital – named to honour Dr Paul Siklos, Hughes Hall Fellow and the first Director of the Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine (CGCM), who has made an immense contribution to the medical education of Cambridge University students.
As the CGCM course (a four-year course for 20 students; a third of whom are at Hughes Hall) has grown since its start in 2001, and a greater emphasis has been put on learning clinical skills, the new purpose-built centre provides a setting where specialist tutors are able to work with realistic artificial ‘body parts’ to teach and assess these skills. The centre has space for an interactive mannequin, viewing room, fully equipped procedures room and rooms for practising and recording communication skills, to be used not only by medical students but also postgraduate doctors and other healthcare professionals.
“The teaching, practising and assessment of clinical skills away from the patient are of obvious importance, but should not be considered in isolation. The firm intention is to translate the acquisition of these skills into effective and safe patient care” said Dr Siklos.
Our congratulations to Paul on this honour.