A leg up on the career ladder?
Over the past decade, technological advances have brought the “virtual” and “live patient” experiences closer together, and a variety of interventions are now represented on computerised equipment. Simulation technology is not a recent concept, and most doctors will be familiar with the resuscitation doll, a basic example of simulation training equipment. However, advances in simulation now allow insight into a range of complex procedures, and it has been shown to reduce mistakes and the duration of procedures.1
Choosing a specialty career can be daunting. Even people with specific career aspirations, are often uncertain about whether they can do the job or if they will enjoy it. Simulation experience can have an important role in relieving some of this doubt, since it may be unethical to gain practical experience as an undergraduate and experience is often limited during the 17 months before new doctors have to apply for training posts.