Medical doctors working at KFU use unique simulators which scrupulously imitate human anatomy.
Employees of the university clinic have the opportunity to test all the invasive procedures on a mannequin and thus minimize the risk of error.
A prospective patient before his/her operation will be tomographed, the resulting image will then be uploaded to the simulation where the operating surgeon is able to model the whole process.
«We often stumble upon a situation where individual anatomical peculiarities come into play, and a surgeon has to make a vital decision in a matter of mere seconds, - says Professor of the Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology Albert Rizvanov. - This taking into consideration that the surgeon is under stress because of the time trouble.
Using simulators gets the problem out of the way. The surgeon now has the opportunity to think through all the steps of the operation, to exclude potential risks. This allows to sufficiently raise the quality and safety of medical procedures».
The doctor sees the same picture that will come up during the real operation, and the simulator imitates live body reactions to the invasive procedures.
The surgeon can cut a vessel, put a stitch, do anything else while controlling the process on a display, says Dr. Rizvanov.
The simulation learning is now an integral part of studies at the Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology.
Future doctors train their muscle memory through repeated operations. Vice-Rector Marat Safiullin explains, "Each new sim presents new data, so the students don't just repeat the same actions, they are ready for different turns of events. They learn to think creatively, see the individual features of human bodies".
Dr. Rizvanov opines that Kazan University is now one of the world leaders in simulation medicine. Japanese colleagues from Juntendo University are building their own simulation center based on KFU's experience and will open its doors in October 2015. The ceremony will be attended by Tatarstan's delegation headed by President Rustam Minnikhanov.