Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Benefits of Simulation Training For Anaesthesiology Residents

Anaesthesiologists like Dr. Rowan Molnar believe that their fraternity isn’t simply a team of hands-on anaesthesia providers but true consultants as well. This is why many of them are of the opinion that training physician anaesthesia training should be expanded in scope and depth. For the most part, anaesthesia is now a safe, well monitored and well administered procedure with a lot of tasks taken over by various computers and equipment. However, it still needs the specialised talent of the anaesthetist to ensure the success of any procedure. This is because emergencies can occur and on-the-spot crucial decisions by the anaesthetist must be taken alone.

Lay the foundation of quality and safe clinical practice

According to Dr. Rowan Molnar, this must start with training. The physician anaesthetist is one that must be looked at with respect and as a person who can perform a specific life saving task that nobody else can do. Gaining that experience and respect comes with the right training. Dr. Rowan Molnar who was formerly the Medical Education Director (Anaesthesia) at St. Vincent’s Simulation Centre for 12 years, introduced and incorporated simulation as educational modality at St. Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne, Australia). He developed courses to train a large pool of instructors in the use of simulation, and also authored courses for junior medical staff, specialist trainees and specialists in emergency medicine, anaesthesia, cardiology, and general practice as well. With the right simulation training, anaesthesiologists and anaesthesiology residents can acquire sound technical, cognitive and behavioural skills that are essential for maintaining quality and safe practice.