oa African Journal of Health Professions Education - Does simulation-based training have a future in Africa? : editorial

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5127



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 . 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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