Clinical and communication simulation workshop for fellows in gastroenterology: The trainees' perspective

Alon Lang*, Ehud Melzer, Simon Bar-Meir, Rami Eliakim, Amitai Ziv

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Background: The continuing development in computer-based medical simulators provides an ideal platform for simulator-assisted training programs for medical trainees. Computer-based endoscopic simulators provide a virtual reality environment for training endoscopic procedures. This study illustrates the use of a comprehensive training model combining the use of endoscopic simulators with simulated (actor) patients (SP). Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of a comprehensive simulation workshop from the trainee perspective. Methods: Four case studies were developed with emphasis on communication skills. Three workshops with 10 fellows in each were conducted. During each workshop the trainees spent half of the time in SP case studies and the remaining half working with computerized endoscopic simulators with continuous guidance by an expert endoscopist. Question-naires were completed by the fellows at the end of the workshop. Results: Seventy percent of the fellows felt that the endoscopic simulator was close or very close to reality for gastroscopy and 63% for colonoscopy. Eighty eight percent thought the close guidance was important for the learning process with the simulator. Eighty percent felt that the case studies were an important learning experience for risk management. Conclusion: Further evaluation of multi-modality simulation workshops in gastroenterologist training is needed to identify how best to incorporate this form of instruction into training for gastroenterologists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)798-802+863
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Colonoscopy
  • Gastroscopy
  • Medical education
  • Risk management
  • Simulation


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