oa African Journal of Health Professions Education - Does simulation-based training have a future in Africa? : editorial
The term 'simulation', as it pertains to the training of healthcare professionals, appears in three of the 10 articles selected for publication in this edition of AJHPE. This provides an ideal opportunity to pause and reflect on some aspects of this teaching technique in the context of healthcare training in Africa, a key mandate of the journal. Simulation-based training is not new. The technique, widely known for its use in non-medical industries such as commercial aviation and nuclear power production, was first used to train healthcare professionals more than 40 years ago. 'Resusci-Annie' was born in 1960 and many of us can recall how we carefully wheeled her around the medical school while she patiently endured, and survived, endless resuscitation training sessions on a daily basis. More than 30 years later, a dynamic interactive 'gentleman' - 'SimMan' - replaced ageing Annie. Since then, the human body simulation industry has grown in leaps and bounds and clinician educators are now confronted by a bewildering array of equipment designed to teach an ever-increasing number of basic and advanced technical and clinical skills.
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