Clinical Learning Resource Centre

Simulation plays an important role in the education of health sciences students.  Facilities in various locations across campus give students the opportunity to practice and learn clinical skills in a safe, virtual environment.  Students can be supervised and while they practice on simulation equipment, standardized patients and volunteer patients.  Simulated real-life environments give students confidence in their ability to treat patients. 

The CLRC at the University of Saskatchewan has one of the most advanced simulation facilities in Canada.  Services provided to all health sciences faculty and students are consistent and make good use of the university's resources.  These facilities include:

  • the Simulated Clinical Assessment Area located on the 4th floor of the Health Sciences Building;
  • the Simulated Clinical Care Area located in Ellis Hall;
  • a pharmacy professional skills teaching facility located in the Thorvaldson Building;
  • a physical therapy functional activities lab located in St. Andrews College; and
  • a state-of-the-art simulation facility in the College of Dentistry where students learn basic procedures.

An expanded permanent Clinical Learning Resource Centre will be housed in the E wing addition of the Health Sciences project.  This building is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by late 2013.

For more information, contact:
Debbie Briere, CLRC Manager
email: debbie.briere@usask.ca
phone: 966-2037

2012 TD Discovery Days in Health Sciences

by Annette Horvath

disc days 2012

High-school students, teachers and chaperones from across the province were on campus November 23rd to take part in the third annual TD Discovery Days in Health Sciences. The popular event introduces high school students to careers in clinical pshycology, kinesiology, medicine, nursing, nutrition, pharmacy, physical therapy and veterinary medicine. Since 1997, more than 80 Discovery Days have been held across Canada.  This is the third year the health sciences colleges and schools have partnered with the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame to host the event.

Through hands-on activities, students gain a clear picture of what it would be like to be a U of S student by interacting with researchers, clinicians and educators. The experience proved positive and students commented how they enjoyed using the tools and the hands-on experience. One student stated “they treated us like we were actual nursing students and I learned a lot!”

Another student explained “I really enjoyed being able to use the real equipment that residents use for their own training. It was really hands on.”

The day concluded with a lively career panel discussion where students asked a variety of health professionals about their daily activities, the challenges they faced, how they became interested in their profession and what drives them to continue.

Many thanks to faculty, staff and students for their enthusiasm and support of TD Discovery Days in Health Sciences.

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