10 October 2012

The Cégep de Sherbrooke confirms the launch of a learning laboratory project unique in Quebec

The Cégep de Sherbrooke will host the first assisted Learning Laboratory with simulating mannequins (LLASM) in a college environment in Quebec. It is intended for future health care workers.

This technological platform will be equipped with high fidelity patient-simulation mannequins to reproduce real life clinical situations. Many scenarios will allow synchronisation of the level of severity of the simulated cases with the learning objective.

Thanks to this clinical simulation laboratory, future health care workers of the Cégep de Sherbrooke and of other establishments will have the opportunity to become familiar with a greater numbers of problems than with traditional internship.  The project hopes to replace 22% of clinical internship hours with hours at the LLASM.

The project should decrease pressure in internship environments, sometimes hard to find because of the lack of personnel for knowledge transfer and supervision. This obstacle, which reduces admissions, will be alleviated with the installation of the LLASM.

Increase in registration

Once the laboratory is established, the Cégep de Sherbrooke, the Champlain regional College of Lennoxville and the Alexander Galt and 24-Juin Centers for Vocational and Technical Training will be able to increase the number of admissions in their training programs.

The Cégep de Sherbrooke’s Learning Laboratory with simulating mannequins project will start in 2013. It will also benefit continuous training programs for health care professionals.

The $2.4 M project mobilises numerous partners in the region, who participated in the financial package: the Cégep de Sherbrooke and its Foundation, the ministry of Health and Social services, the ministry of Economic development, Innovation and Export trade, the Conférence régionale des élus de l’Estrie, the CHUS and its Foundation and the CSSS-IUGS.

The announcement was made by the representative of Saint-François, the minister responsible for the Estrie Region, the minister of International relations and the minister of the Francophonie, Madame Monique Gagnon-Tremblay.

Source : Cégep de Sherbrooke and the Quebec Government

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