Many medical centers offer courses to
teach physicians the techniques involved in emergency care for trauma patients. The best of these trauma courses offer
training using human cadavers and life-like simulators to demonstrate and allow
development of invasive trauma skills.
Students and instructors alike agree
that the learning experience is enhanced when training is based entirely on human anatomy. Additionally, the cost advantage can be
significant. The University of Maryland
Medical System in Baltimore is one training center leading the way with an innovative
program using life-like simulators and human cadavers.
Philip Militello, M.D., an instructor at Maryland, explains, ?It has
become clear that students enjoy doing the procedures on a human cadaver specimen because
of the identical scenarios, landmarks, and the hands-on experience. It mirrors the clinical scenario and is very well
A 1995 Survey indicated that 75 percent of physician respondents
would prefer to enroll in a human anatomy-based course, compared
to one using animals. Thirty-eight percent said they would pay
more for such a course, and 43 percent would travel further to
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- Listing of cities
where simulator and/or human cadaver-based advanced trauma courses
are currently offered.
|NEWS: The Committee on Trauma
of the ACS has approved the use of simulators to teach Advanced Trauma Life Support.
The SIMULAB TraumaMan® surgical trainer is an anatomical human simulator designed to
teach surgical procedures in Advanced Trauma Life Support courses. Visit www.simulab.com for more information.
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