About Surgical Skills Simulation Training

Medical skills were previously acquired by supervised practice in an apprenticeship system. Due to decreasing patient availability, the increasing demand for a rapidly growing number of complex and potentially hazardous procedures, and the rising number of trainees, the opportunity to become competent in a medical skill using traditional training methods is diminishing.

Procedural training utilising simulation has many advantages:

  • Patient involvement in the early acquisition of a skill is minimised
  • The skill can be practiced repeatedly without patient harm
  • Skills reinforcement by expert feedback is facilitated
  • Training is student rather than patient focussed
  • Training can be tailored to individual skills needs
  • The skill set can be controlled with more efficient training
  • The need for fortuitous clinical training opportunities is eliminated resulting in faster acquisition of skills

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