Eric B. Bauman
Simulation has been employed by various professions to prepare students for infrequent high-risk situations (DeVita, 2005; Gaba, Howard, Fish, Smith, & Sowb, 2001; Helmreich, 2000). More recently, health sciences professions such as medicine and nursing have begun to embrace and integrate simulation-based training into their curricula since students in the health sciences cannot be guaranteed exposure to all of the relevant clinical educational opportunities needed to prepare them for the transition to independent clinical care. However, there is little empirical data indicating that simulation, particularly high fidelity simulation, is an effective pedagogical technique for health sciences education and evaluation. This dissertation focuses on the use of high fidelity simulation as a mechanism for crisis management and resuscitation training among fourth year medical students. The results of this research indicate that high fidelity simulation can be successfully integrated into existing curricula. Further, this study increases and expands upon the existing simulation literature by providing empirical research findings to support simulation as a pedagogical method for health sciences instruction.