High tech equipment to aid student learning at medical school

Assistant lecturer Premika Charan takes the class through the new 65 inches HD interactive screen. Picture: SUPPLIED

SIX fully high definition 65 inches interactive screen and 21.5 inches HD interactive pen are among new high tech equipment that have been installed at the Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Pasifika Campus.

The new state-of-the-art equipment will assist students understand the concepts that require microscopic viewing.

Acting Head of Department Pathology and Medical Laboratory Science Taina Naivalu technology had the ability to make studying more interesting and exciting for students, and the latest installments worth around $50,000 would “capture the student’s interest more during classes”.

“This is going to save so much time for students as they will not have to take turns to see things under the microscope.  Now they just have to sit at their allocated seats and see everything explained on the interactive screens,” Ms Naivalu said..

“We are thankful to the Dean CMNHS, Dr William May, and FNU for prioritising learning equipment in their capital budgets. This aligns very well with the core strategic priority of the university. The choice of equipment blend well with the learning styles of students in this era,” she added.

All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLS) & Certificate in Clinical Laboratory Technology, Master of Medicine& Master of Surgery 1 – 3, Bachelor of Oral Health 1, Bachelor of Pharmacy 1, Nursing Practioners and Postgraduate in Dermatology programmes will benefit from this development.

Third-year BMLS student Safraaz Khan said they were excited to be the first students to use the new equipment.

“This is going to be very helpful as we will be able to visualise things more easily. The equipment will enable better transition of knowledge from lecturers to students,” Ms Khan said.

She said the continued investments from the college further developed the student’s learning outcomes.

Other equipment installed includes:

  • Visual Presenter + Accessories
  • Kit RK1+88 CPB-1 and 2 x vIRsa Emitters + Accessor
  • Wireless Presentation
  • HDMI Matrix Extender 4K TX/RX + Accessories
  • HD Camera Package CMOS 1080P Ocular Cinema HD
  • Desktop AVG-TSM2 Pop Up Modular Table Inferface
  • AIDA Imaging 3G-SDI/HDMI Full HD Broadcast Camera

Head of School of Health Sciences Maria Waloki said the equipment would ensure FNU students were trained using the best facilities.

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