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White Paper: Saving Money With Simulation

It is broadly accepted that simulation provides many benefits in healthcare education, but some facilities are reluctant to incorporate it into their training programs due to concerns over costs.

Now, for the first time, extensive research has shown that the use of simulation in healthcare education can actually significantly reduce costs, as well as improving trainee proficiency.

As part of their Master’s thesis, students at the Copenhagen Business School compared, through published literature and published records the cost of training residents to perform endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) procedures. They compared residents trained using the traditional ‘apprenticeship model’ where they were mentored by senior physicians, with residents were trained using a state-of-the-art BRONCH Mentor simulator from Surgical Science.

This free white paper looks at the findings of the thesis and highlights the key takeaways, including clear evidence that:

  • Simulation significantly reduces the amount of time spent by trainees in the operating room under supervision
  • Simulation takes the pressure off supervising physicians by helping trainees reach independent proficiency much more quickly
  • Simulation is more cost effective than the traditional ‘apprenticeship’ model of training as set-up costs are far outweighed by the incremental operating room costs incurred under the apprenticeship model

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