TEE Simulator Study
Standardized training via simulation as an educational adjunct may lead to a more rapid and complete skill achievement. We hypothesized that simulation training will also enhance performance in transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) image acquisition among anesthesia residents. Our results suggest that simulation-based education in TEE enhances the acquisition of technical skills. Moreover, simulation training appears to have the greatest impact when implemented early in the anesthesia training. Our data indicate that simulator-based TEE training is more effective than conventional methods. The simulation group outperformed the control group with regards to both metrics assessed: image quality and percentage of clinically acceptable images acquired. A short 45-minute training session resulted in direct and measurable benefits. This finding supports the adoption of mannequin-based TEE simulation training into residency education.