People tend to think of simulation as using expensive mannequins to recreate medical emergency.  Although that aspect of simulation is certainly exciting, it is a misconception that all simulation training is code scenarios.  A large portion of education is dedicated to utilizing part-task trainers to teach skills training.  Step-wise processes are difficult for processing by learners so breaking them down may be necessary.  Part-task trainers allow for difficult and dangerous procedures to be practiced without harming patients.  Many companies have offered different trainers to everything from central line to cardiac catheterization. 

Thinking about standardization of processes is another important element that moves us away from apprenticeship models that teach workarounds.  Checklists allow for process improvement initiatives and troubleshooting issues.  Simulation training offers an opportunity to introduce standardization into the workplace and meeting the standard of care for our patients.

The readings below and videos offer perspective on the effect of part-task simulation training for learners and institutions.