Trends in technical and team simulations: Challenging the status Quo of surgical training

Barsness, K. A.

Semin Pediatr Surg. 2015 May 16; 24(3):130-3

Abstract

Traditional opportunistic and experiential surgical training can expose patients to excess risk of harm, particularly when new technology or surgical approaches are applied to highly complex operations. Declining birth rates, decreasing academic regionalization of complex neonatal procedures, duty hour restrictions, and the increasing need for highly specialized surgical skills all serve to further degrade the educational opportunities for surgical trainees. Even more concerning, practicing pediatric surgeons are also struggling with declines in neonatal surgical volumes, with fewer opportunities to maintain established cognitive, technical, and nontechnical skills in the operating room. In an effort to balance patient safety with a deeply rooted commitment to surgical education, surgical educators have developed a number of innovative educational strategies to achieve these goals.

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