Yosefa J. Pessin, MS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT and Jason Tang-Simmons, BS, RDMS et al. Sonography Simulators: Use and Opportunities in CAAHEP-Accredited Programs. J of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 2018 Vol. 34(6) 435-444.
Concern for patient safety and increased demands on health professionals have resulted in challenges for the clinical training of sonography students. The purpose of this study was to examine simulation use in Commission on Accreditation of
Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)–accredited sonography programs. A prospective cross-sectional study was conducted. Program directors were sent a survey that addressed the use of simulation and the perception of simulation’s educational
value. Of the 230 sonography programs identified, 137 responded, for a response rate of 60%. Of the respondents, 75% indicated they used simulation and 89% reported that it was a good teaching tool. The programs indicated that 81% recorded a
positive student experience using simulation. Simulation was rated most useful for improved anatomic identification (55%) and transducer manipulation (64%). Simulation is commonly used for educational training in CAAHEP-accredited sonography
programs and is perceived as a positive tool to enhance education of students. More research is needed to establish best use and educational practice.
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SonoSim Keywords: Ultrasound Education, Simulation Center, CAAHEP