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Simulation training for the cardiology trainee
  1. Alexandra Moss1,
  2. Victoria M Stoll2,3
  1. 1Department of Cardiology, New Cross Hospital, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Wolverhampton, UK
  2. 2Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3Department of Cardiology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alexandra Moss, New Cross Hospital, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Wolverhampton WV10 0QP, UK; Alexandra.Moss{at}nhs.net

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Introduction

Simulation has been defined as an ‘artificial representation of a real-world process to achieve educational goals through experiential learning’ and is becoming more commonplace in medical education, in both undergraduate and postgraduate studies.1

Rationale for simulation training in cardiology

One of the biggest attractants to the specialty of cardiology is its procedural nature, a virtue which lends itself to simulation-based training. In the recent past, there has been a shift from the old adage of ‘see one, do one, teach one’ towards patient safety and reduction in preventable morbidity and mortality. At the same time, working time directives have restricted doctors’ working hours, reducing time spent training. Compounding this, the number and complexity of procedures offered by cardiologists has increased, as have clinical department workloads, rendering training time a precious commodity.

Procedural risk is known to be reduced with operator experience,2 …

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Footnotes

  • Contributors AM wrote the first draft. VMS revised and edited the article.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, conduct, reporting or dissemination plans of this research.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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