Development and implementation of methods for training doctors and dental surgeons using virtual devices and simulation
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Clinic of Cardiology and Internal Medicine, Clinical University Hospital in Olsztyn, Poland
Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
Department of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
Clinical University Hospital in Olsztyn, Poland
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
Warmia and Mazury Chamber of Physicians, Olsztyn, Poland
Department of Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
Submission date: 2017-04-23
Acceptance date: 2016-10-02
Online publication date: 2018-01-24
Publication date: 2019-11-17
Corresponding author
Maciej Żechowic   

Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Warmia and Mazury, Wojska Polskiego 37, 10-228 Olsztyn, Poland. Tel.: +48 604 451 043, Fax: +4889 524 53 89.
Pol. Ann. Med. 2018;25(1):148-152
Simulation is increasingly incorporated in medical education to learn and develop cognitive, psychomotor and behavioural skills at the individual level and in teamwork. An advanced medical simulator SimMan 3G and an e-learning platform were created to develop a new approach towards doctors’ training.

A programme for the development and implementation of training methods for doctors and dental surgeons was created, as exemplified by the Simulation Centre of University Hospital in Olsztyn.

Material and methods:
The leading component of the project is the SimMan simulation device, along with specially designed rooms for simulation, debriefing and supervision of the training process. The most distinguishing feature of the entire training programme is a specially designed platform for education and training:, consisting of knowledge bases, case reports, training scenarios, and tests ultimately compatible and cooperating with the aforementioned medical simulator.

Results and discussion:
Importance of medical simulation has been proven in terms of preservation of knowledge and skills for much longer than did previous training methods. The newly designed e-learning platform gives the opportunity to create specialized databases and check the results of on-simulator training sessions, which serve as ‘feedback’ to all the information provided on-line. This allows for multi-dimensional comparison of the progress and effectiveness of teaching during the successive testing sessions.

The main goal of the newly created simulation infrastructure is to transfer better results of education from the conditions of the simulation room into reality, in order to improve the survival and effectiveness of treatment of patients.

The Research and Development infrastructure in the University Clinical Hospital in Olsztyn was created based on the cooperation between the University Clinical Hospital in Olsztyn, the Warmia and Mazury Chamber of Physicians and the Faculty of Medical Sciences at University of Warmia and Mazury with contribution of Regional Development Fund of the European Union.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
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