Using simulation for disaster preparedness

Aimee K. Gardner, Marc A. DeMoya, Glen H. Tinkoff, Kimberly M. Brown, George D. Garcia, Geoffrey T. Miller, Bernice W. Zaidel, James R. Korndorffer, Daniel J. Scott, Ajit K. Sachdeva

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Background As it addresses both technical and nontechnical skills, simulation-based training is playing an increasingly important role in surgery. In addition to the focus on skill acquisition, it is also important to ensure that surgeons are able to perform a variety of tasks in unique and challenging situations. These situations include responding to mass casualties, dealing with disease outbreaks, and preparing for wartime missions. Simulation-based training can be a valuable training modality in these situations, as it allows opportunities to practice and prepare for high-risk and often low-frequency events. Methods During the 8th Annual Meeting of the Consortium of the American College of Surgeons–Accredited Education Institutes in March 2015, a multidisciplinary panel was assembled to discuss how simulation can be used to prepare the surgical community for such high-risk events. Conclusion An overview of how simulation has been used to address needs in each of these situations is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)565-570
Number of pages6
JournalSurgery (United States)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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