Can Healthcare Simulation Fill the Need for Echocardiography Education?

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Simulation-based medical education (SBME) has revolutionized training in the area of echocardiography.
 But, the question remains: Is there enough research and evidence to recommend a full integration of simulation-based training in echocardiography within medical education and accreditation programs?

Research explains how* the use of echocardiographic simulation can be an effective enhancement and accelerator to traditional training programs.

Technical and manual skills may be improved with the use of high-fidelity probes and mannequins, and research supports how a wide range of artifacts and pathological conditions can be taught and, most importantly, how echocardiographic anatomy and imaging planes can be comprehensively related to topographical anatomy throughout training.

Evidence for Effectiveness of Echocardiography Simulation
 The use of simulation to mitigate the risk of disasters has long been used within the aviation industry. The appearance of simulators in medicine and surgery has followed apace, in particular for difficult clinical scenarios in acute and emergency care areas.

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*The above content is excerpted from the article, “Can Simulation Help to Answer the Demand for Echocardiography Education?
 Authors: Fernando Clau-Terré, M.D., Ph.D., Vivek Sharma, M.D., Publication: Journal of American Society of Anesthesiologists, January 2014; Vol. 120:32–41

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