From its inception, ATC has seen the complementary relationship of standardized curricula and the use of highly-technical simulation platforms to build knowledge skills and attitudes while minimizing expenditure of scarce training dollars. Further, we see the opportune transfer of the simulation-based aviation industry successes to trauma centers, emergency rooms and surgical suites throughout the world. The same high risk, life-or-death activities, common to every hospital in existence, can be compared to similar cockpit-centric actions common to all aviation professionals.
Not unlike the aviation profession of the early 20th century, skilled healthcare professionals today often face learning while practicing their trade; engaging in treatment of live injured or ill patients under the watchful eye of an experienced mentor. For the healthcare industry, the advent of highly-technical, tactilely realistic simulation platforms coupled with instructionally-sound, logically-designed curricula may significantly reduce morbidity and mortality rates while exponentially increasing a practitioner’s credibility.
A detailed curriculum, developed using the principles of the Systems Approach to Training, ensures the trainee is guided to progressively higher level training across a full spectrum of realistic challenges. A sophisticated and comprehensive approach seeks to exploit simulation to achieve rapid and cost-effective performance gains in an integrated training system. In such a system, instruction, simulation and real experiences are arranged by a curriculum built on analysis of the skills, knowledge and attitudes required for each task. ATC is well prepared to take medical simulation opportunities to the same level of sophistication and with the same improvements in performance.