Simulation in Medical Education and Some Considerations

Document Type : Letter to the Editor


Professor, Pediatric Endocrinologist, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.



Dear Editor-in-chief,

Quality improvement in higher education has attracted the interest of many higher education systems in the last decade. Medical education is bound to change to respond to the rapid evolution in medicine and must use modern educational methods, such as education based on simulation (1). In recent years, especially the last two decades, the country’s education system has undergone significant changes, including the increase in the number of graduates, specialized fields, and the production of scientific content and research in medical sciences. Along with these changes, the use of simulators to design and construct a safe environment and in teaching and providing feedback to learners, conducting research, and evaluating the performance of learners fairly can be valuable in medical science education (2). The history of simulation in the teaching of medical sciences goes back many centuries. During those times, clinical characteristics and effects of diseases were displayed by simulation with mud and stone (3). Simulation training in its new form dates to World War II, when it was first used to train pilots (4). Simulation attempts to create a scenario that resembles the real one as much as possible so that what is learned can be transferred to the real environment (5). The report of the Medical Institute states that reducing the risk and harm to patients requires health organizations and educational institutions to use simulation methods for training students (6).