Ermak DM, Bower DW, Wood J, Sinz EH, Kothari MJ. Incorporating Simulation Technology Into a Neurology Clerkship. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2013;113(8):628–635. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2013.024.
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Simulation-based medical education is growing in use and popularity in various settings and specialties. A literature review yields scant information about the use of simulation-based medical education in neurology, however. The specialty of neurology presents an interesting challenge to the field of simulation-based medical education because of the inability of even the most advanced mannequins to mimic a focal neurologic deficit. The authors present simulator protocols for status epilepticus and acute stroke that use a high-fidelity mannequin despite its inability to mimic a focal neurologic deficit. These protocols are used in the training of third- and fourth-year medical students during their neurology clerkship at Penn State College of Medicine. The authors also provide a review of the pertinent literature.
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