Purpose of review: To review theory and practice of simulation technology in critical care and trauma training.
Recent findings: Simulators provide a safe and realistic environment in which active learning, enhanced by repetition and feedback, can take place. Simulation and computer-based education address the needs of knowledge and skill acquisition across a continuum of professional development.
Summary: Simulation appears poised to revolutionize education, training, and credentialing in critical care, surgery, and anesthesiology. However, advances in computing and technology have outpaced the evaluative and validation studies of simulation-based education.
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