Simulations are useful in medical education, providing trainees with experience in:

  1. Common Skills, in a safely controlled setting, prior to having them engage patients clinically, and
  2. Rare Situations, that arise so infrequently that the only realistic way to provide clinical exposure is through simulation.

Simulation is also useful in testing students. A simulation creates a clinical scenario, in which the student is expected to demonstrate a skill or knowledge. The simulation provides patient safety, reproducibility for each student, and control over clinical variables.

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Notes from a Medical Educator