Academic health centers have incorporated a variety of simulation and virtualization technologies into their curricula.
There are a number of advantages to using these techniques, including (but not limited to):
- The ability to reduce reliance on scarce and expensive cadavers and live volunteers to train students
- The ability to simulate a far wider range of situations and experiences than traditional methods
- The opportunity for students to repeat trainings as needed
- The opportunity for students to access simulation/virtualization in flexible setting and schedules
Among the challenges of such an approach is working with accreditation bodies to ensure equal or better educational results than traditional lab experiences.
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