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Simulation-based Boot Camps provide trainees with an accelerated introduction to the essential skills needed for successful clinical management and professional development in a format that is valued by both residents and faculty. Based loosely on the concept of military boot camps, residents actively participate in a concentrated variety of exercises designed to develop basic competence in relevant psychomotor, cognitive, and affective skills.
As the traditional model of surgical education continues to evolve, simulation-based Boot Camps are becoming increasingly popular. The ORL Boot Camps were developed to meet the growing needs of residents and residency programs. A plethora of technological advances and increasing professional and societal expectations have led to a paradigm shift in medical education. These recent changes include competency-based assessments, recognition of the importance of non-technical skills, limitations on resident work hours, financial pressures of surgical productivity, and ethical and medico-legal concerns, all of which have particular impact on procedure-based surgical education. Residents now have less time to learn an expanding body of ORL knowledge, and the classic surgical adage of “See one, do one, teach one” no longer suffices. Simulation-based medical education (SBME) provides resources and strategies to overcome many of these constraints, and includes the incorporation of both briefing and debriefing as essential components of learning events.
The ORL Emergencies Boot Camp is designed to on-board otolaryngology residents through a simulation-based curriculum focusing on their needs as novice otolaryngologists. The goal of this simulation course is to provide basic emergency training in a safe environment. Learners develop competence in a variety of skills including an opportunity to triage and manage airway emergencies, bleeding, and other disorders. The ORL Emergencies Boot Camp debuted in July 2010, and has evolved to include 40 residents from local and regional programs and draw more than 25 national and international faculty annually.