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Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2006 Jul;16(3):553-63.

Simulators in training: defining the optimal role for various simulation models in the training environment.

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  • 1Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Mayo 19-E, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.


Clearly, the potential applications for simulation training in endoscopy are vast. Endoscopy models may serve as a platform to introduce new skills, to maintain proficiency, or even to assess competency. As these applications are explored fully, the strengths and weaknesses of specific devices will dictate their roles. Educators must ensure that these roles are founded on reliable research but remain mindful that simulators are only tools to augment clinical training, with the goal of benefiting both student and patient, and are not a replacement for patient-based experience.

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