The Israel Center for Medical Simulation: a paradigm for cultural change in medical education

Acad Med. 2006 Dec;81(12):1091-7. doi: 10.1097/01.ACM.0000246756.55626.1b.


Simulation-based medical education (SBME) is a rapidly growing field, as is illustrated by the increased development of simulation centers worldwide. SBME is becoming a powerful force in addressing the need to increase patient safety through quality-care training. Recognizing the benefits of SBME, increasing numbers of bodies involved in medical and health care education and training are establishing simulation centers worldwide. The general model of most facilities focuses on a single simulation modality or a specific branch of medicine or health care, limiting their overall impact on patient safety and quality of care across the health care systems. MSR, the Israel Center for Medical Simulation, is a comprehensive, national, multimodality, multidisciplinary medical simulation center dedicated to enhancing hands-on medical education, performance assessment, patient safety, and quality of care by improving clinical and communication skills. The center uses an "error-driven" educational approach, which recognizes that errors provide an opportunity to create a unique beneficial learning experience. The authors present the Israeli experience as an alternative model, and describe the impact of the MSR model on the Israeli medical community during four years of activity. They also describe the opportunities this model has opened towards changing the culture of medical education and patient safety within Israel Although this model may require modification when implemented in other medical systems, it highlights important lessons regarding the power of SBME in triggering and bringing about cultural changes in traditional medical education.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Simulation*
  • Education, Medical / trends*
  • Emergencies
  • Israel
  • Models, Educational
  • Patient Simulation
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Research
  • Safety