Evaluation of Simulator Use for Anesthesia Resident Orientation
Anesthesia simulators are perceived as important and desirable to first year anesthesia residents according to our study. Operating room simulators are being used in anesthesia training ranging from medical student clerkship to team performance training. Learning of basic anesthesia skills by first-year residents has been shown to be accelerated by simulator training.1 We sought to evaluate residents’ attitudes toward the use of a simulator during anesthesia residency orientation. Our evaluation was divided into four areas of interest, with the first concentration evaluating the use of a simulated operating room environment during orientation training. Specifically, did the simulator experience help in orientation to anesthesia residency both initially and when it was viewed after a significant period? Secondly, what is the learning preference of residents today? With the availability of numerous new teaching media (e.g., CD ROM, videotapes, computer simulation programs, simulators), do we need to incorporate these into our residency programs? Furthermore, do residents want these modalities available to them? And if so, do these supplant traditional lectures and workshops or are they are a supplement to textbook reading? Thirdly, after having the initial orientation at a simulator do residents desire more of this training and if so, would there be a willingness to sacrifice personal free time? Finally, does the presence of a simulator at a residency program in any way influence choice of a residency?
KeywordsResidency Program Anesthesia Resident Simulator Instruction Orientation Training Room Simulation
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