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A Simulation Project of UoK Wins a Prestigious IMU Ron Harden Award

SimHaL (Simulator of Heart and Lung sounds) has won the prestigious IMU - Ron Hardon Award for Innovation in Medical Education 2019 in a ceremony held on 14 April 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in parallel to the International Symposium of Asian Medical Educationists Association.

SimHaL has been developed as a collaborative project of faculties of Medicine (Department of Medical Education), Computing and Technology and Science (Department of Industrial Management), under a research grant provided by the Research Council, University of Kelaniya. The purpose of this prototype simulator was to produce abnormal auscultatory heart and lung sounds on the chest of a normal person using technology for students in early clinical years to practise and learn. The project has helped bridge the gap between protecting patient dignity and safety, and lack of human touch in hi-fidelity simulators in student learning.

The academics in the project team included, Prof Madawa Chandratilake, Dr Gamini Wijayarathna and Dr Dilmini Karunaratne, Dr Chamli Pushpakumara and Dr Thashika Rupasinghe. The scientific and technological assistance was provided by Ms Anoja Fernando, Mr Hirantha Leshan, Ms Nishandi Abeysinghe, Mr Sameera Alwis, Mr Ranil Wijesinghe and Dr Julian Nanayakkara.

In 2017, the conceptual framework of this project became the runner-up, under the category of e-learning, at the Commonwealth Digital Health Conference and Awards held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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