Exposure to More Simulation Experiences Improves Performance among Residents

August 14, 2013 | Strategic Insights for Health System


Repeated exposure to simulation training was more effective than single exposure at improving performance on a multiple-choice test designed to measure the recognition and management of shock in critically ill surgical patients, found a study published in the August 2013 issue of Surgery. To test the effectiveness of simulation training in resident education in critical care, surgery, anesthesiology, and emergency medicine, residents at a level 1 trauma center were given a multiple-choice pretest before a tutorial on the recognition and management of shock followed by high-fidelity simulation training, debriefing, and a multiple-choice posttest. The residents were divided into two groups: those who were exposed to a single simulation experience (1.5 hours of simulation as a group in one day) and those who were exposed to multiple simulation experiences (1.5 hours of simulation per resident split into three 0.5 hour sessions over three days).

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