LIBERIA — The University of Liberia has partnered with the Government of the United States of America, through United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to unveil an Experiential Learning Assessment Lab (ELAB) at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia.
The University of Liberia, through the College of Health Science (ULCHS), also partnered with Yale University and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) to inaugurate its Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation at the college of health science auditorium.
The five-year program aimed at advancing Liberia’s national development goals in health and health sciences education is a public- private -academic hub for research utilization, inter-professional training, innovation and knowledge generation within the country.
The Experiential Learning Assessment Lab launched at the John F. Kennedy Hospital will partner with the University of Liberia College of Health Sciences under the Center for Teaching Learning and Innovation to facilitate inter-professional training for clinical healthcare workers across the country.
Moreover, the new innovation seeks to address gaps in the Liberian healthcare sector by connecting students with healthcare providers, improve the healthcare delivery system as well as bolster collaboration and coordination in the health sector.
The Experiential Learning Assessment Lab’s clinical simulation education program will train clinicians to competently and confidently provide patient care through the use of lifelike manikins and other training tools to mimic different clinical scenarios.
The ELAB will train all cadres of clinical healthcare workers, doctors nurses, midwives, physician assistants, pharmacists and other professionals who contribute to patient care where learner will gain cadre-specific skills and participate in inter-professional simulation scenarios.
In addition, the ELAB facilities at the John F. Kennedy Hospital and University of Liberia’s Capitol Hill campus will allow learners to practice both basic procedural skills such as IV INSERTION and Catheterization as well as complex decision-making communication and networking.
The medical academic lab will also serve medical students across the country with practical knowledge in a move to improve healthcare delivery through building workforce capacity and ensuring young professionals gain technical skills needed for primary healthcare delivery.
Additionally, the ELAB tailored scenarios will train care providers in evidence-based best practices, equip them with new standards of care, elevating their practice based on relevant research findings and new development in clinical practice.