Simulation Training and Assessment: It’s Not Just For Technical Skills

Donna Phillips, MD, and John M. Purvis, MD

Orthopaedic residency programs are required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to teach and assess residents in the following six core competencies:

Under the newly introduced Next Accreditation System used by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education to assess program outcomes, milestones are used to verify that residents are moving through appropriate educational developmental landmarks. Many residency programs have recognized that prior methods can be inadequate to truly measure resident competency for the milestones. As a result, they have turned to simulation both to both teach skills and to assess resident competence. As a training tool, simulation can drive down costs, improve efficiency, and lower complication rates.

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