Simulators Stand In For Animals In Medical Training

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 5:45am
Arundhati Parmar

The decision by one Philadelphia medical center to do away with using animals as part of its pediatric training in favor of sticking to simulators reflects a national trend for training in relatively simple procedures.

Although animals have been critical in driving healthcare innovation, simulators have grown increasingly sophisticated, so much so that surgical residencies have scaled back on using animals until residents first prove themselves competent on a simulator. Here are four things that are contributing to the use of simulators for training, particularly for surgeons.

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