Perspective: Authentic patient perspectives in simulations for procedural and surgical skills

Debra Nestel, Roger Kneebone

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In this article, the authors consider the role of the patient in simulation-based training and assessment of clinical procedural skills. In recent years, there has been a progressive shift of emphasis from teacher-centered to student-centered education, resulting in a redefinition of approaches to medical education. Traditional models of transmission of information from an expert to a novice have been supplanted by a more student-centered approach. However, medical education is not a matter for teacher and student alone. At the center is always the patient, around whom everything must ultimately rotate. A further shift is occurring. The patient is becoming the focal point of medical teaching and learning. It is argued that this shift is necessary and that simulation in its widest sense can be used to support this process. However, sensitivity to what we are simulating is essential, especially when simulations purport to address patient perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)889 - 893
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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