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Simulation Gains Prominence in PG Medical Education. Simulation has gained prominence in post-graduate medical education and the high-end technology...

Hyderabad: Simulation has gained prominence in post-graduate medical education and the high-end technology would pave way for better understanding of the human diseases, felt Dr Ganni Bhaskara Rao, member of MCI, Professor of Surgery Department at GSL Medical College Rajahmundry and powerful voice in medical education. He has presented a paper on simulation education in Paris on Saturday.

More than 2000 delegates from all over Europe and the world, including India attended the EAES (European Association for Endoscopic Surgeons) conference held for four days from June 25. There needs to be a vigorous promotion of this methodology, he postulated.

Dr Ganni's paper was on post graduate training using simulation education. It highlighted the course conducted in GSL Medical College using the Simulation curriculums and the results achieved i.e. students performing well in the operation theatre. The presentation was very much appreciated and encouraged for taking the initiative to modernise medical education.

Simulation refers to the representation or reproduction of something real by imitation.

Explaining the challenges of Simulation-Based Education, Dr Ganni said faculty development as a key issue in improving the uptake and use of simulation in a way that will positively impact patient safety. “The quantity and quality of instructors were identified as important determinants of the success of simulation programmes,” he opined.

Another challenge is that simulation should be combined with other education components of curricula in a more systematic and informed way. “In order for simulation to be truly complementary to more traditional forms of education, it needs to be integrated more thoughtfully into existing postgraduate curricula,” he suggested.

The third important challenge is that resources and expertise across institutions, he added.

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