Simulation Modalities for Obstetrics and Gynecology
Various simulation modalities exist for healthcare training, many of which can be applied to the field of obstetrics and gynecology. From low-fidelity box trainers to highly sophisticated mannequins and robotic trainers, learners can benefit from a wide range of teaching approaches, and these modalities can be used at all levels of training. Combining certain trainers into a hybrid model allows instructors to utilize the most beneficial aspects of distinct modalities to provide a better teaching environment. Despite the successes in decreasing medical errors and improving teamwork and communication, simulation remains difficult to implement on a global scale due to barriers including cost and protected time for learners and instructors.
KeywordsSimulator – a generic term that refers to a physical object, device, situation, or environment where a task or series of tasks can be realistically or dynamically represented Low-fidelity simulator – a simplistic training model that is used for practicing motor skills and tasks High-fidelity simulator – a life-like trainer that allows motor skill enhancement in a real-world environment Part-task trainer – a simulator that replicates a body part or internal organ Model-driven simulator – a full-size mannequin that resembles a human being and can respond physiologically to medical interventions Virtual reality simulator – a computer-based simulator with a handpiece designed to recreate a 3D, real-world environment Haptic simulator – an augmented virtual reality simulator that facilitates various sensory and tactile aspects of real-world experience
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