David Li provides a report for the AMEE Simulation Committee on the recent seminar, organized by the National Medical Examination Center, in Changsha.


In November 23rd and 24th 2019, more than 60 simulation and assessment delegates from China have gathered in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province to review and discuss the results they gathered throughout the past 3 years investigating on how simulation technology can be applied to help make high-stakes decisions regarding medical professionals during their residency and/or fellowship training.
This seminar, organized by the National Medical Examination Center (NMEC) which oversees and conducts medical licensure and other professional certification examinations in China, together with Peking University People’s Hospital (PUPH), is the 3rd annual research gathering of the project “Empirical Study on the Application of Simulation and Virtual Technology on Assessment of Medical Specialties”, which was initiated in 2016. Prof. Guanchao Jiang, the head of Department for Educational Affairs of PUPH, is the principle investigator of the project.
The project was further separated into different mini-projects to examine 15 simulation and virtual technologies/approaches regarding whether they could be integrated into professional certification at different time-points of the medical residency and fellowship training process and how the outcomes on the simulation level could be linked to that on the clinical level, both within single institution or in multi-sites. These 15 approaches include fundamental laparoscopic skills (FLS), airway management, team performance during critical events, central venous catheterization (CVC), cardiovascular and cerebrovascular interventional techniques, etc. Each mini-project was led by co- investigator from different hospitals around the country. The investigators were asked to report on the progress and the future directions of the projects and were being challenged by a panel of experts on health profession assessment and simulation education research, led and moderated by Dr. Gang Wang, the Division Chief of the 2nd Item Development Division of NMEC who personally oversees this project.
By the end of the two-day seminar, Prof. Jiang made the summary that certain technologies/approaches which parts of the mini-projects were looking into are mature enough to be ready for being tested out in a larger scope, whilst others may need more time to research on and the research design should be refined and the assessments should be calibrated to achieve accurate data for interpretation. Ms. Ju He, the deputy director of NMEC concluded the seminar by acknowledging that this research was the first of its kind in China and would surely have great impact in the medical education system in China; the NMEC would seek opportunities and resources to support further investigation in this field.
Written by David Li
Dr. David Li Li, MD, MPhil, PhD, CHSE is a physician at Guangzhou First People’s Hospital, he also serves as the Secretary-General on the Committee for Healthcare Simulation, Wu Jieping Medical Foundation (WJPMF-CHS)