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Global Surgery &

Anesthesia Simulation

STSI seeks to evaluate the short- and long- term skill retention of basic surgery, anesthesia, and trauma first responder skills in the global health curriculum at Northwestern University. 

The role of the health provider in a resource limited setting is different than in a resource rich setting. Rather than subspecialization being the norm, the resource limited setting requires the return of the rapidly vanishing general practitioner.

The training of residents in Global Health should incorporate basic surgical and anesthesia care. A review of the literature shows no curriculum development, more specifically, of simulation based training in basic surgical and anesthesia care.

Simulators provide controlled and safe environments for training and an appropriate method for both formative and summative assessments of trainees. Simulation-based education has been shown to be an effective method to develop the clinical skills of postgraduate medical trainees for managing complex situations, especially when compared to traditional lecture-based training.


The use of simulation in education provides learners with immersive experiences and opportunities for active learning.

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