Design and development of a surgical skills simulation curriculum

World J Surg. 2008 Feb;32(2):171-81. doi: 10.1007/s00268-007-9331-9.


Background: A number of significant changes have forced surgical educators to re-evaluate the adequacy of traditional forms of surgical skills training.

Materials: A review of the literature reveals that surgical simulation has emerged as a useful adjunct to help educators adjust to the demands of an ever-changing surgical practice environment. As such, integration of simulation technology into a busy surgical training program has now become a priority for training programs worldwide.

Results: Successful integration requires a disciplined and dedicated approach to the appropriate use of all forms of available simulation in a well-designed curriculum.

Conclusion: This manuscript provides a discussion of how this can be achieved using a sequential, modular, criterion-based framework, providing details of the rationale behind such an approach and current examples of how it can be integrated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Competency-Based Education / organization & administration*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / organization & administration*
  • General Surgery / education*
  • Humans
  • Models, Educational