Medical Training Magazine: What do you see as the role technology will play in future education and training of healthcare professionals?
Anurag Singh: Medical education does not stop upon graduation or upon passing a board certification examination. The challenges facing all disciplines in healthcare require every clinician to persistently improve knowledge, training and skill sets. As technology continues to revolutionize how medicine is practiced, training technology will be persistently injected into ongoing professional development programs. Clinicians today and in the future, are going to be faced with increasing challenges to master new technology and treat patients across both time and distance. Training tools must be available in real time and at their fingertips. Training on demand and training in place are no longer “nice to have” items – they are critical requirements. Technology will play a critical role in providing the right training – at the right time.
MTM: What impact does simulation and other teaching tools have on the training of healthcare professionals?
AS: Simulation and virtual training tools currently have a huge impact on the training of healthcare professionals. Undergraduate and GME programs already have widely embraced simulation training as a core component of curriculum. In fact, it is very challenging for any medical training program to compete for students without a robust medical simulation training program. As the focus on patient safety continues to accelerate – there will be an increased priority on simulation training as a critical tool to measure and evaluate entrustable professional activities or EPAs. Hospitals will no longer be willing to accept residents and new medical graduates that cannot show EPA readiness on day one. Tracking ongoing competencies over the course of an entire career will be a critical component in improving patient safety. Simulation is a critical tool in providing impactful handson training programs