Limitations of Real Patient Care as a Teaching Tool
The application of clinical knowledge and the development of skills to diagnose successfully and treat patients effectively require deliberate and meaningful practice. Opportunities to practice clinical management may be limited because many specific clinical problems occur infrequently and are usually complicated by confounding factors.
Thus, the "see one, do one, teach one" model is no longer tenable. In its stead, simulation provides a unique opportunity to train clinical excellence more efficiently and effectively.
Why is Simulation so Valuable for Medical Education?
Simulation curricula can be specified and scheduled in advance when it makes the most sense in the continuum of training, rather leaving it to the chance occurrence of learning during everyday patient care. Current simulation technology is sufficiently realistic to be a surrogate for actual patient care.
Patient simulation provides the ability to repeatedly practice a wide range of clinical scenarios. Because simulated clinical scenarios are completely replicable and highly standardized, it is much easier to review and evaluate performance. Simulation experiences can be videotaped and reviewed by trainees to further facilitate learning and permit assessment of process and style as well as outcome.
The convenience of scheduled practice on specific clinical events permits effective and efficient team training. Lessons taught in a realistic simulation are retained better, due to the required active learning and focused concentration, the experience's emotional investment, and the direct association with the real world.
Simulation training to improve quality of care
Simulation training at the CDU Sim Center gives healthcare providers a new and enlightening perspectives on how to handle real medical situations. Through high-fidelity scenarios that simulate genuine crisis management situations, the Sim Center experience can open new chapters in the level of healthcare quality that participants provide. The Sim Center focuses on communication, collaboration, and crisis management to develop skills and teamwork behaviors that are best learned actively under realistic conditions.
CDU believes that competent, comprehensive healthcare simulation is most effective when techniques are drawn from multiple disciplines and are tailored to the level and background of each group.