Army Applies Simulation Tactics to Surgical Education

Standardized training puts military ahead of the curve

Maureen Leahy

Orthopaedic surgical techniques are evolving rapidly. To keep pace, many ­orthopaedic residency programs are integrating simulation-based surgical skills training into their education processes, enabling residents to refine their skills and become proficient in procedures outside of the operating room (OR). One program that’s ahead of the curve is William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC) in El Paso, Texas, where orthopaedic residents have been training on high-fidelity simulators for more than 4 years.

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