Simulation training for dental foundation in oral and maxillofacial surgery - a new benchmark.
Kalsi AS., Higham H., McKnight M., Dhariwal DK.
Simulation training involves reproducing the management of real patients in a risk-free environment. This study aims to assess the use of simulation training in the management of acutely ill patients for those in second year oral and maxillofacial surgery dental foundation training (DF2s). DF2s attended four full day courses on the recognition and treatment of acutely ill patients. These incorporated an acute life-threatening events: recognition and treatment (ALERT(™)) course, simulations of medical emergencies and case-based discussions on management of surgical inpatients. Pre- and post-course questionnaires were completed by all candidates. A maximum of 11 DF2s attended the course. The questionnaires comprised 1-10 rating scales and Likert scores. All trainees strongly agreed that they would recommend this course to colleagues and all agreed or strongly agreed that it met their learning requirements. All DF2s perceived an improvement in personal limitations, recognition of critical illness, communication, assessing acutely ill patients and initiating treatment. All participants felt their basic resuscitation skills had improved and that they had learned new skills to improve delivery of safety-critical messages. These techniques could be implemented nationwide to address the more complex educational needs for DF2s in secondary care. A new benchmark for simulation training for DF2 has been established.