Some otolyarngology medical educators are exploring partnerships with private industry and the military, trying to demonstrate that there will be a large enough market to make otolyarngology simulations commercially viable. It may take several years for these efforts to bear fruit but the potential is there. According to Dr. Miller, funding, particularly for crucial validation studies, is lacking now and may take several years to come through. Right now, medical simulation is a very good tool for education, but it still has a long way to go before it can be used to test a physician’s skills. That will take a huge commitment of time and money to accomplish, he said.
Explore this issue:July 2008
Part 2 of this series will discuss current developments in medical simulation.
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