Simulation enhances resident confidence in critical care and procedural skills

Fam Med. 2008 Mar;40(3):165-7.


Background: The goal of this study was to determine if clinical simulation improved resident confidence in performing critical care skills, neonatal resuscitation, and colonoscopy.

Methods: Residents participated in clinical simulations utilizing high-fidelity medical simulators in a realistic environment. We compared resident responses on pre- and post-experience surveys.

Results: Residents reported satisfaction with quality of demonstrations and opportunity for hands-on learning and practice. Residents felt more confident in their ability to apply these skills independently and in the applied context.

Conclusions: Simulation is a well-accepted teaching method for critical care and procedural skills and improves resident confidence.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Colonoscopy / methods
  • Critical Care*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Internship and Residency / methods*
  • Manikins*
  • Resuscitation / methods