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The role of simulation in Postgraduate Medical Education


Indika Karunathilake

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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The increasingly complex nature of healthcare results in postgraduate teaching requirements that are challenging and sophisticated. Simulation has much to offer  in facing challenges of postgraduate medical education. A range of higher level competencies expected by a postgraduate trainee could be trained and achieved through simulation.

The uses of simulation range from simple to sophisticated and from  low-fidelity to high-fidelity and highly realistic. The research evidence shows low-fidelity options can be as effective high-fidelity simulators with regards to educational impact.

However, simulation is not a panacea to solve all  challenges within postgraduate medical education. The high cost, implementation issues, possiblities of negative learning and false confidence are serious concerns. There is a need for seamless integration with the system, a robust evidence-base and cost effectiveness .

How to Cite: Karunathilake, I., 2018. The role of simulation in Postgraduate Medical Education. Journal of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, 5(1), pp.E67 1–7. DOI:
Published on 25 Jun 2018.
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