Medical Education has always been a complex and costly task due to patient availability, expert availability, rapid advancements in medical knowledge, and the fast-paced growth in the medical industry. Delivery of surgical education has been particularly challenging due to:
Hands-on training of medical students, residents and practicing physicians. The teaching method typically used for the acquisition of surgical skills is based on a one-to-one student/teacher ratio during surgery. This method not only demands a great number of expert teachers but also is further complicated by the legal and moral obligations of teaching doctors toward their patients.
Sterile conditions and strict aseptic rules limit the participation in, and observation by, students during surgical procedures. This, in turn, affects subsequent classroom teaching of surgical disciplines.
Rapid growth in the medical industry results in the continuous introduction of new equipment and surgical methods. These changesaffect pre-op,post-op, and follow-up strategies in the overall scheme of healthcare delivery. Continuing medical education and the upgrading of surgeons skills are required to keep up-to-date with new surgical techniques and knowledge.
The distance of practicing physicians and surgeons from academic centres creates a barrier to rural physicians acquiring new knowledge. There is an imbalance in the level of knowledge between practicing physicians in rural areas and physicians working in urban academic centres. This situation is not only costly to amend but results in an undesirable effect on healthcare delivery.
Information about surgical education, including evaluations of surgical procedures and the effectiveness of educational techniques is not centralized. This results in poor research and objective evaluations for the efficiency and effectiveness of pedagogical methods in surgical education.
Surgical patients are often immobile and require consultations from specialists and experts who are not widely available. This is particularly true in emergency cases and/or during surgical procedures when advice is required immediately. Air transportation of experts to patients is time-consuming, ineffectual, costly and inefficient.
The Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation overcomes these barriers through the use of state-of-the-art technology.
- Provide leadership in the discipline of surgical education.
- Emphasize continuing nursing education and provide opportunities for distance nursing education and electronic communication between VHHSC nursing staff and educational institutions around the globe.
- Encourage career development in surgical education.
- Support the activities, recognition and reward of surgical teachers.