Simulation laboratories for training in obstetrics and gynecology

Obstet Gynecol. 2003 Aug;102(2):388-92. doi: 10.1016/s0029-7844(03)00483-6.


Simulations have been used by the military, airline industry, and our colleagues in other medical specialties to educate, evaluate, and prepare for rare but life-threatening scenarios. Work hour limits for residents in obstetrics and gynecology and decreased patient availability for teaching of students and residents require us to think creatively and practically on how to optimize their education. Medical simulations may address scenarios in clinical practice that are considered important to know or understand. Simulations can take many forms, including computer programs, models or mannequins, virtual reality data immersion caves, and a combination of formats. The purpose of this commentary is to call attention to a potential role for medical simulation in obstetrics and gynecology. We briefly describe an example of how simulation may be incorporated into obstetric and gynecologic residency training. It is our contention that educators in obstetrics and gynecology should be aware of the potential for simulation in education. We hope this commentary will stimulate interest in the field, lead to validation studies, and improve training in and the practice of obstetrics and gynecology.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Computer Simulation
  • Female
  • Gynecology / education*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Internship and Residency / methods*
  • Obstetrics / education*
  • Patient Simulation
  • Robotics
  • Teaching / methods*