Focus on Professional Expertise Acquisition: Simulation Training
Simulation-based medical education and simulation-based validation of training are growing tools to allow for skill development in an environment where mistakes can result in harm to patients and physicians or staff. While the method has been slow to be adopted by subspecialties, medical schools and residencies are developing robust programs as a response to a changing paradigm in healthcare where hours are restricted but efficiency and quality are expected. To accommodate the growing demands of learners and create a high-yield teaching environment, simulation-based medical education is being developed for many cardiac procedures. Unfortunately, simulators are often used solely as a method to familiarize a learner with the device. However, when used properly and within a planned curriculum, a comprehensive simulation-based medical education program can be an effective tool, enhancing the learner’s engagement, and can be developed with the goal of improving measured healthcare outcomes. Lastly, simulation-based medical education and training may be used to validate particular skill sets and define proficiency, and may even have a future role in accreditation.
I would like to acknowledge Drs. Diane Wayne, Jeffrey Barsuk, and William McGaghie for their mentorship and contributions to the field of simulation-based medical education.
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