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New facilities for Dubbo medical students

8 March 2022

$7 million redevelopment of the Rural Clinical School in Dubbo

The University of Sydney Medical School is excited to announce the completion of its redevelopment of the Rural Clinical School in Dubbo, including a new teaching building complete with the latest in medical education technology. 

The new state-of-the-art facilities support the delivery of the University of Sydney’s world-class Doctor of Medicine (MD) program in Dubbo and includes two dedicated learning studios for team based collaborative work, an anatomy teaching lab, six-suite simulation training centre and common study space.

The anatomy teaching lab at the recently redeveloped Rural Clinical School in Dubbo.

The anatomy teaching lab at the recently redeveloped Rural Clinical School in Dubbo.

 

Students in the Doctor of Medicine - Dubbo Stream will benefit from the latest in anatomy education technology utilising virtual reality headsets that provide an immersive 3D space where students can navigate realistic body structures and organs and access to 3D complete anatomy software, which allows students to see the most complex parts of the body in a three-dimensional feature.

A highlight of the new facilities includes a SECTRA Virtual Dissection Table, a large, immersive and interactive touch device, that enables students to swipe, scroll, zoom, rotate and navigate inside 3D anatomy models that are generated from CT and MRI scans.

Students can virtually dissect layers of bones, skin, organs and muscles in the body and study anonymous patient cases from around the world via a cloud-based database. It also supports group discussions and facilitates collaborative team-based learning.

We're thrilled to be using the new facilities for the student’s first clinical teaching block. The technology is at the forefront of medical education and will give our students the best opportunity to learn in a modern purpose-built facility.
Dr Annemiek Beverdam, Senior Lecturer, School of Rural Health

The student’s virtual anatomy training will be complemented by blocks of practical classes in the Camperdown human anatomy laboratory in Sydney.

The new facilities were funded by the Australian Government under the Murray-Darling Medical Schools Network (MDMSN) combined with a generous philanthropic gift to the University.

They were developed in collaboration with the Western NSW Local Health District, hospitals and doctors of the region, and the Dubbo community, including the Wiradjuri community who have been generous with their support and input.

The facilities will officially open, and the community welcomed on-site, later in the year.

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