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IOM panel recommends sweeping changes to government-supported physician training
MedCity News
An expert panel recommended completely overhauling the way government pays for the training of doctors, saying the current $15 billion system is failing to produce the medical workforce the nation needs.
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Study: New tool proves effective in evaluating doctor's bedside manner
EurekAlert
The best way to improve a doctor's bedside manner may lie in a new tool that evaluates and helps medical residents improve their communication and other soft skills to become better doctors, according to a new study led by Women's College Hospital's Dr. Tim Dwyer. The study, published in the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Surgery, is the first to look at the medical residents' collaboration, communication and other soft skills, or what are known as CanMEDS competencies, in orthopedic surgical training.
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Pressure ulcer prevention with simulation program
By Amanda Morrow and James Hay
The Veterans Health Administration places a large focus on establishing local pressure ulcer prevention programs. At the VA Roseburg Healthcare System in Roseburg, Oregon, both high- and low-fidelity manikins are complemented with detailed moulage to simulate challenges with the nursing management of pressure ulcers. Nursing educators and the clinical nurse leader worked together to create a "hands-on" adult learning model for training the nursing staff.
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SimMan prepares students for real-world medical scenarios
Herald & Review
Most of his doctors are still in training, but unlike a lot of patients, SimMan 3G doesn't mind. But the lifelike training mannequin does complain about being dizzy, vomits loudly and can have a heart attack on cue — and that's a valuable tool for training.
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Merseyside, England's junior doctors to go through simulation training before heading out onto the wards
Liverpool Echo
A Merseyside hospital is believed to be the first in England to put their junior doctors through more rigorous simulation testing before being allowed to work on the wards. The move comes as research shows as much as a 6 percent increase in mortality rates for the first Wednesday in August — the time when newly qualified doctors traditionally take up their positions in NHS hospitals — compared to the previous Wednesday.
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  MammaCare's new CBE Simulator - Trainer

Is a self-administered, palpation training platform that produces and validates breast examination competencies. The computer's program is based on published quality-standard examination protocols. It is used to train clinicians and students who perform or will be performing clinical breast exams. A digital “clinical instructor” assesses progress and provides corrective feedback. Call for SSH Member Discount
 


California university to fast track training for medical students
Fox News
Some students at the University of California at Davis Medical School will soon be able to practice medicine after three years of training, according to Kaiser Health News. Thanks to a $1 million, five-year grant from the American Medical Association, medical students will not have to go through the traditional four-year training path before becoming primary-care physicians.
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Comfortably numb: How virtual reality can soothe nervous patients
The Guardian
Virtual reality headsets could soon become a common sight in operating theaters after a groundbreaking experiment in Spain.
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4 tips for hands-on EMS training in your station
EMS1
Hands-on practice of assessment and treatment skills is essential for the initial and ongoing training of EMTs and paramedics. But hands-on practice is often constrained by limited time and instructional resources. Here's how to make the most of your time and available instructors for hands-on practice, simulation and competency checks.
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  Pulse Oximeter Simulator

Designed for use with standardised patients or simple manikins, this simulator provides all the functions of a hand held pulse oximeter. When the probe is placed on the finger, the oximeter displays saturations and pulse rates consistent with designed scenarios, variable pitch audible beeping is also generated to add realism. The trainer can change values in keeping with the success or otherwise of administered treatments.
 


The US spends $15 billion a year to train doctors, but we don't know what we get in return
The Washington Post
If you were spending $15 billion, you'd probably want to know what you were getting as a return on that investment. Especially if it was on something as important as the nation's healthcare. Yet, a new comprehensive report finds that we don't have a good system of tracking the $15 billion the United States spends each year on training new doctors.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of Simulation Spotlight, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SSH, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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