Baylor College of Medicine has been using simulation for nearly 25 years to help students learn the skills needed in the practice of medicine, to train in a safe, reproducible environment.
Simulation curriculum using standardized patients (healthy people trained to accurately simulate and actual patient) hones diagnostic and communication knowledge and skills. Through classroom demonstrations and practice sessions, students hone their history taking and physical exam skills before using them on patients. Clinical skills are evaluated through exams in which standardized patients present a variety of common patient problems.
High-tech simulation equipment provides a safe environment in which students can work with faculty to master skills including cardiac assessment, lumbar puncture, adult and infant CPR and a wide-variety of surgical techniques.