Simulation Training in Orthopaedic Surgical Education

New methods for developing surgical skills are on the rise

Maureen Leahy

Orthopaedic surgical education is undergoing a paradigm shift. Traditionally, residents honed their surgical skills in the operating room (OR) under the tutelage of senior orthopaedic surgeons. Due in part, however, to the rapid evolution of orthopaedic surgical techniques, today’s residents are expected to acquire more complex and diverse surgical skills in less time than their predecessors. As a result, alternative teaching methods—such as simulation training—are increasingly becoming a part of resident training.

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