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Learning in the Health Sector With Simulated Systems

Simulation-based medical education involves replicating part or substantial aspects of a clinical work environment for education, assessment, research, and institutional health care training. Medical simulation covers a range of experiences from simple simulation devices that are used as partial-task trainers for simple procedures to comprehensive simulations for whole-task training (e.g., a virtual entire operating room with computerized mannequins).

Advances in science and technology contribute to changes in medicine and medical education. Patient interventions and recovery time have become more efficient because of the development of new devices, new drugs, and less invasive medical procedures. However, such innovations require rapid changes in medical education. At the same time, new policies for patient safety have restricted residents’ hours in the hospital. Hence, teachers and young doctors have diminished ...

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