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Simulation based education - models for teaching surgical skills in general practice


Sinha, SN and Cooling, NB, Simulation based education - models for teaching surgical skills in general practice, Australian Family Physician, 41, (12) pp. 985-8. ISSN 0300-8495 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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BACKGROUND: Simulation based education is an accepted method of teaching procedural skills in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. There is an increasing need for developing authentic simulation models for use in general practice training.

OBJECTIVE: This article describes the preparation of three simulation models to teach general practice registrars basic surgical skills, including excision of a sebaceous cyst and debridement and escharectomy of chronic wounds.

DISCUSSION: The role of deliberate practise in improving performance of procedural skills with simulation based education is well established. The simulation models described are inexpensive, authentic and can be easily prepared. They have been used in general practice education programs with positive feedback from participants and could potentially be used as in-practice teaching tools by general practitioner supervisors. Importantly, no simulation can exactly replicate the actual clinical situation, especially when complications arise. It is important that registrars are provided with adequate supervision when initially applying these surgical skills to patients.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Simulation based education, surgical skills, general practice
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Sinha, SN (Professor Sankar Sinha)
UTAS Author:Cooling, NB (Dr Nick Cooling)
ID Code:91787
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2014-05-29
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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