Simulation-based education for cardiac, thoracic, and vascular anesthesiology

Elizabeth Sinz

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Simulation has been used for medical teaching and testing for at least four decades in some form, such as that used for cardiopulmonary resuscitation training; however, new technology applied to medical and procedural training has recently led to a marked increase in the use of simulation-based instruction. Educational theory has further supported simulation for medical education and procedural training. Simulation-based testing to demonstrate competence with new procedures is already required by the US Food and Drug Administration for one angiographically-placed device, and it is likely that simulation-based credentialing for procedures will be increasingly prevalent. Anesthesiologists, like other physicians, may be credentialed or certified based on their performance in a simulated environment in the future. This review describes some of the current simulation-based education techniques related to cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesiology. Additional discussion covers some of the applicable educational theory and the expected future uses of simulation modalities in healthcare education, testing, and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-307
Number of pages17
JournalSeminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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