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Clinical Skills Laboratory, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
The Clinical Skills laboratory (CSL) is one of the academic support facilities of the University of Ilorin where resources are used to assist students to reach competency in the psychomotor and affective outcomes of the different curricula presented at the College of Health Sciences. These outcomes include skills in communication, clinical examination methods and procedures.

The resources include anatomic models and low and high fidelity simulators for various clinical scenarios, audiovisual equipment in seminar rooms, brief rooms and consultation rooms and modern information and communication technology including computer equipment for e-learning. Students get the opportunity to watch clinical skills with the aid of computer technology, to attend demonstrations by lecturers, and to take part in activities under the guidance of lecturers or instructors, followed by self-directed learning by doing it themselves and practicing of the skills on the manikins.

The CSL consist of the following areas:  

  1. Appropriately equipped areas arranged in such a way that students can practice their clinical examination skills on manikins and simulators.
  2. Consulting and examination rooms where small groups of 10- 12 students can observe the taking of a medical history and examination procedures on simulators.  These rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video recording equipment for replay and discussion.
  3. A multipurpose ward area equipped with beds, examination couches, bed screens, x-ray viewing boxes, flip charts and overhead projection facilities.
  4. A well equipped theatre with a scrub room
  5. A cardiopulmonary high fidelity simulator room which can simulate a variety of cardiac dysrhythmias and breath sounds
  6. A complete high fidelity model for training on Advanced Life support model and Cardiac resuscitation
  7. A complete high fidelity model (SimMom) for demonstration and training in prenatal, intrapartum and post partum emergencies.
  8. There are models for the subspecialities in the clinical fields of ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, anaesthesia, radiology, minimal access surgery etc.
  9. We know that these support service will not replace any clinical education at the bedside and with real patients, all students have the opportunity to develop proficiency in communication and procedural skills which guarantees a safer approach to caring for the live patients in a relaxed atmosphere. This eradicates injury and unnecessary exposure of patients to risk. It will also boost the students’ confidence in their approach to patients and clinical scenario. The team approach is encouraged and repeatedly emphasized in this laboratory.