WHY simulation?

The Singhealth Anaesthesiolgy ACP places a strong emphasis on education, and recognises that simulation training forms an integral part of anesthesiology education. Anaesthesiology has always been at the forefront of simulation education. Our specialty has often been likened to aviation, where anesthesiologists, like pilots, face rapidly evolving situations. Simulation, through the use of current technology, allows anesthesiologists to practise decision-making and non-technical skills like communication and teamwork in a realistic and reproducible setting. This enables reflective learning as well as assessment of competence. Our goal is to improve patient safety by allowing learners to hone their clinical skills on standardised patients, high fidelity mannequins and task trainers, thereby causing minimal patient harm during the training process.


WHO do we train using simulation?

  1. Medical students
  2. Anaesthesiology Residents
  3. Non-Anaethesiology Residents
  4. Medical officers
  5. Clinical Fellows
  6. Residents Physicians
  7. Clinicians, including those from non-anesthesia specialities such as General Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Obstetrics & Gynaecololgy
  8. Nurses (Post-anesthesia Care Unit, Operating Theatre, Intensive Care Unit, Clinics)
  9. Allied Health professionals (interprofessional education)
  10. Non-medical Operating Theatre staff (multidisciplinary in-situ team training)


WHERE do we train using simulation?

The SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS) is equipped with one of the largest and most comprehensive medical simulation facilities in Singapore. These include training facilities at the Singapore General Hospital Campus (The Academia Simulation Lab and Duke-NUS Medical School), KK Women's and Children's Hospital, and upcoming Sengkang Health. These facilities provide healthcare professionals a controlled, yet realistic environment for simulation training.

We also set up simulation training outside of the simulation centre, conducting in-situ multidisciplinary team training in the operating theatres, ICUs, Emergency Department, Endoscopy Centre and Preoperative Assessment Clinic. 


WHAT do we train using simulation?


  1. Technical /Procedural Skills
    1. Intravenous cannulation
    2. Spinal and Epidural Anaesthesia
    3. Endotracheal intubation (with and without videolaryngoscopy)
    4. Laryngeal mask insertion
    5. Fibreoptic intubation
    6. Surgical airway
    7. Conduct of General Anaesthesia
    8. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ACLS)
    9. Point-of –Care Ultrasound 

  2. Non-technical Skills
    1. Crisis resource management skills
    2. Communication in challenging situations


HOW do we train using simulation?

  1. High-fidelity mannequins 
  2. Task trainers
  3. Standardised Patients
  4. Hybrid simulation (combination of Standardised Patient with task trainer)


ACP Simulation Committee

  1. Dr Chong Shin Yuet (Director), SGH Department of Anaethesiology
  2. Dr Farida Ithnin, KKWCH Women’s Anaesthesia Department
  3. Dr Lee Su Min, KKWCH Paediatric Anaesthesia Department
  4. Dr Mah Chou Liang, CGH

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