Folia Medica 61(4): 605-611, doi: 10.3897/folmed.61.e47961
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Simulation Training in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
expand article infoMilena G. Sandeva, Stoilka Tufkova§, Kostadin Ketev§, Diana Paskaleva
‡ Medical University of Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria§ St George University Hospital, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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Simulation training in medicine is a powerful tool for acquiring knowledge and practical skills in an environment close to the real world. Decreasing training opportunities directly on the patient tend to introduce simulations close to the real hospital environment without compromising the patient’s safety. 

The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of simulation training in the Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) at the Medical University of Plovdiv.

A prospective observational descriptive study was performed at the MSTC at Plovdiv Medical University between September 2017 and March 2019. The study included 245 respondents who participated in one or more practical simulation trainings and were surveyed.

The results of the study suggest that the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the trainees improve after training sessions. By increasing the number of visits, the self-esteem and confidence in performing the manipulation also increases, knowledge and technical performance significantly improve and mistakes are reduced. A statistically significant relationship has been demonstrated between the sequence of visits and acquired competencies (p=0.0001). There are no performance mistakes in those attending three or more times, but 16.2% of them still experience uncertainty while performing. Here, however, 83.8% performed the manipulation automatically and without mistakes. 

Simulation training in medicine is effective and useful. It has its place in the curriculum for students and is a good tool for acquiring knowledge, skills and techniques in postgraduate education.

debriefing, efficiency, medical education, self-assessment, simulation training