Buleon Research Project - International training and assessment practices in Anesthesia and Intensive Care: what is the role of simulation?
Summary - As a training and evaluation modality, simulation is rapidly becoming a formative and summative (e.g., certification) assessment tool. This current trend is growing stronger with increasing numbers of published reports on this subject. The field of anesthesia has pioneered healthcare simulation use and development since its inception. Simulation offers opportunities to explore not only technical skills, but "non-technical" skills, making it an essential part of teaching and assessment. It is fundamental to rigorously and clearly define the framework and expectations of the use of simulation in this way. What remains to be clarified, however, are which modalities would be best suited for teaching and/or assessing certain aptitudes (or skills), the validity of their use as described above, as well as the impacts on the learner.
Using rigorous methodology, the objective of this project is to elaborate an internationally agreed upon repository of training in simulation for anesthesia and intensive care consisting of a comprehensive variety of technical skills, entrustable professional activities and critical situations, in a framework of European, U.S., and Canadian collaboration that can serve as a support thereafter for formative and certification-based assessment.
Ultimately, this project aims to develop common and universal tools in a framework of North- American-European collaboration by associating European and North-American societies of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, as well as societies of simulation in healthcare.