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Anesthesiol Clin. 2007 Jun;25(2):321-36.

Virtual worlds and team training.

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  • 1SUMMIT, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94305-5466, USA.


An important component of all emergency medicine residency programs is managing trauma effectively as a member of an emergency medicine team, but practice on live patients is often impractical and mannequin-based simulators are expensive and require all trainees to be physically present at the same location. This article describes a project to develop and evaluate a computer-based simulator (the Virtual Emergency Department) for distance training in teamwork and leadership in trauma management. The virtual environment provides repeated practice opportunities with life-threatening trauma cases in a safe and reproducible setting.

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