Simulation in Surgical Training Statement


Simulation in Surgical Training

Simulation in Surgical Training has gained much interest in recent years. This evidence-based consensus statement by the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) discusses the potential for the integration of simulation into various facets of surgical practice.

ASiT have revised and up-dated this wide-ranging document addressing the role of simulation in surgical training, which is now published in the International Journal of Surgery. See below for the details and link.

Milburn J, Khera G, Hornby ST, Malone P, Fitzgerald JEF. Introduction, Availability and Role of Simulation in Surgical Education and Training: Review of current evidence and recommendations from the Association of Surgeons in Training. International Journal of Surgery 2012; 10: 393-398.  doi:10.1016/j.ijsu.2012.05.005

The utility of simulation in surgical training is now well-established, with proven validity and demonstrable transfer of skills to the clinical setting. Through a reduction in the technical learning curve, simulation can prepare surgeons for actual practice and in doing so it has the potential to improve both patient safety and service efficiency. More broadly, multi-disciplinary simulation of the theatre environment can aid development of non-technical skills and assist in preparing theatre teams for infrequently encountered scenarios such as surgical emergencies. The role of simulation in the formal training curriculum is less well-established, and availability of facilities for this is currently unknown. This paper reviews the contemporary evidence supporting simulation in surgical training and reports trainee access to such capabilities. Our national surgical trainee survey with 1130 complete responses indicated only 41.2% had access to skills simulator facilities. Of those with access, 16.3% had availability out-of-hours and only 54.0% had local access (i.e. current work place). These results highlight the paucity in current provision of surgical skills simulator facilities, and availability (or awareness of availability) varies widely between region, grade and specialty. Based on these findings and current best-evidence, the Association of Surgeons in Training propose 22 action-points for the introduction, availability and role of simulation in surgical training. Adoption of these should guide trainers, trainees and training bodies alike to ensure equitable provision of appropriate equipment, time and resources to allow the full integration of simulation into the surgical curriculum.

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Added on: 10th January 2012

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