Training future doctors one dead mannequein at a time: Inside CESEI

WATCH: Elaine Yong gives us a rare behind-the-scenes look tonight at a centre for state-of-the-art medical training in B.C.

“You can kill this mannequin 100 times.”

So says Dr. Karim Qayumi, founder of the Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation. Better known as CESEI, it’s an academic centre at Vancouver Coastal Health that allows physicians of tomorrow to learn their trade through trail and error.

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“There was a huge gap between the theory and practice of medicine,” says Qayumi. “Now, using technology and simulation, we can fill that gap.”

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When it was founded 12 years ago, it was one of the first centres like it in Canada. Now, over 2,000 medical staff and trainees use the facility every year.

One of the most detailed pieces of equipment? Qayumi says it’s probably Steve – the lifesize, $250,000 mannequin that has a pulse, dilating pupils, and even the ability to take medication.