Low-Cost, Locally Fabricated Simulators: The Wave of the Future

Published:August 09, 2010DOI:
      Several events over the past few years have secured a place for simulation in medical and surgical education. In 2007, the Residency Review Committee for surgery made it mandatory that surgical training programs show evidence of formal training and assessment of surgical skills outside of the operating room. In 2009, the American Board of Surgery added certification in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery as a requirement for certification in general surgery. Moreover, this year, the American Board of Medical Specialties held a two-day meeting to assess the potential use of simulation for certification and maintenance. A limiting factor in moving forward is a lack of simulation technology to address the wide range of clinical scenarios needed for each specialty. In a paper recently published in the Journal of Surgical Research, the authors fabricated and implemented locally developed, low-cost simulations to assess thoracentesis and tube thoracostomy skills [
      • Carter Y.M.
      • Wilson B.M.
      • Hall E.
      • et al.
      Multipurpose simulator for technical skill development in thoracic surgery.
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