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Jawahar Thomas - Founder and Inventor of Meksi medical simulation technology

With decades of practical experience in the medical field under his belt, Jawahar Thomas is an innovator and mentor in his field. Thomas has worked through multiple projects around the world, including offering his professional services in rural areas to the disadvantaged, as well as humanitarian work and volunteering.

With a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Osmania Medical College and an eye for science and education, Thomas now currently owns and manages four medical clinics in Sydney. As a doctor, he is able to understand the needs of patient consultation skills, which resulted in Thomas developing and patenting the MEKSI Program with education as the main focus.

Seeing conditions in remote areas and disaster situations through his work, Thomas found that the lack of resourcing and support severely impacted people’s health. From this, he thought that through the use of knowledge sharing through the internet, barriers regarding skills, training and development could be easier overcome through specialised platforms and software.

The MEKSI program (Medical Knowledge Simulator) gives the opportunity to students in the medical field to develop their skills using simulation based learning. With creation of this project beginning in 2009, Thomas was awarded and innovation patent and research and development grant through the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The program is currently in the process of commercialisation.

MEKSI is a digital program that allows doctors and students to participate in consultations with simulated patients to create hypothetical scenarios for the students to work through in a safe environment. The patient will present an illness and the students are able to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. This allows the student to use the knowledge they have been taught in the classroom in a practical way.

Jawahar Thomas was born in India in 1964 and from an early age was fascinated by modern medicine and helping people. Naturally, with an interest in science and education, he pursued further studies and studied to become a doctor.

In 1988, Jawahar Thomas graduated from the Osmania Medical College in India and successfully completed his double degree, a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).In August of 1993 he volunteered at Osmania hospital to offer humanitarian relief due to the Latur earthquake.

Jawahar Thomas practised medicine in Australia from 2000 onwards. Initially, as a general practitioner, he offered his professional services throughout rural New South Wales, South Australia as well as the Northern Territory and other remote locations.

Years later, after a long period of rewarding work dealing with indigenous and disadvantaged patients, Jawahar Thomas moved to Windsor in NSW in 2007 and soon purchased his own medical clinic. As a budding entrepreneur and renowned healer, he now owns and manages four medical clinics.

In addition to managing his own practices, Jawahar Thomas is busy developing his Medical Knowledge Simulator (MEKSI) and is also a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners by examination. He has also been an examiner for the RACGP.

MEKSI – Simulation Based Learning for Medical Students

For medical students, the theoretical knowledge they gain during their studies is vitally important, but it’s only one part of working as a doctor. Equally as important is developing their patient consultation skills, something they will need throughout their entire careers. These skills can only be acquired from real world experience. But while students are in that early learning phase and perhaps lack the experience and confidence to consult with patients, they can in the meantime develop those skills using simulation based learning.

In 2009 MEKSI set out to create a High fidelity (Functional) computer based simulator and was awarded an innovation patent by the Australian government (2016) and also received a research and development grant (JAN 2017). The product is in the process of commercialisation with the assistance of RWA.

MEKSI - five characteristics for simulators

Fidelity

High in functional fidelity (functional fidelity is the extent to which the skills of the real task are captured in the simulated task (Miller, 1954). MEKSI with its computer based vignette simulates a clinical setting of a patient complaint and a Doctor in various situations such as a family practice consultation or an emergency room setting where the real tasks of history taking, physical examination, investigation and management or triaging is required dependent on the presentation.

Reliability

MEKSI scores particularly high in the test-retest type of reliability, as it allows for trend analysis and comparison to mark progress from session to session over a period of time. The test-retest analysis showcases MEKSI’s ability in capturing this and encouraging practice and repetition in order to reinforce good clinical skills.

Validity

Scores high in being a measurement tool that measures the intended outcome. It generates a comprehensive report card compared against set guidelines in order to not only give an overall mark to the candidate, but also itemise scores for individual sections and also capture the duration taken for each.

Learning

MEKSI is at level 4, i.e. it has an impact on the organisation due to the training on the simulator. The institution in which this is used would benefit with an improved ranking. This in turn would increase patient confidence and therefore promote.

Feasibility & Experential Learning

MEKSI is affordable and easy to implement anytime and anywhere because it is a web based product. In addition to being a high fidelity functional simulator, it provides all the components of Kolbe’s experiential learning cycle. Meksi also improves a clinician’s scores and abilities during an OSCE based on British trials done on nurses.

What is Simulation-Based Learning

“Hours of high fidelity simulator practice have a positive, functional relationship with standardised learning outcomes in medical education. More rigorous research methods and more stringent journal editorials policies are needed to advance this field of medical education”
(McGAGHIE W C, et al Med Educ. 2006 Aug; 40(8):792-7.).

Simulation based learning is a technique used to imitate real world medical situations through guided representations. As an approach to education, it recreates substantial aspects of the real medical world in a fully interactive fashion. In the same way that a trainee pilot would use a flight simulator to get a sense of what flying in the air will be like, so too can a medical student use a simulation tool to help them work through the patient treatment process before working with real people. Simulation based learning offers a wealth of benefits to those who use it as a learning technique.

The Benefits of Simulation-Based Learning

Allowing medical students and health professionals to develop their patient consultation skills, knowledge and attitudes, whilst ensuring patients aren’t put in any genuine risk or harm.

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Giving students the opportunity to build up their confidence before they take the next step and put those skills to practice on real patients.

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It can act as a valuable learning tool to alleviate ethical quandaries and resolve practical dilemmas.

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Educators can design structured learning experiences using simulation based training techniques and strategies.

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An increasing number of health care institutions and medical schools are discovering the benefits of simulation-based learning. The realistic scenarios used in simulation packages such as the one-of-the-kind solution offered by MEKSI enable medical students to train, re-train and keep practising until they can master the doctor-patient consultation process.