Creating a Validated Simulation Training Curriculum in Otolaryngology

Sanjana Bhalla, Neil Tolley & Zaid Awad

Simulation Training in Otolaryngology (A Arora, Section Editor)

Open Access


Purpose of Review Simulation-based training is an integral component of surgical training. It allows practice of technical skills within a safe environment without compromising patient safety. This article seeks to review current virtual and non-virtual reality simulation models within the literature and review their validation status.

Recent Findings Many simulation models exist within otolaryngology and are currently being used for education. New models are also continuously being developed; however, validity should be proven for the models before incorporating their use for educational purposes. Validity should be determined by experts and trainees themselves.

Summary A validated simulation curriculum should be incorporated within the otolaryngology training programme. A curriculum based on the current training programme at our institution serves as an exemplar for local adoption.

Keywords Simulation . Otolaryngology . Training . Curriculum . Validation