Medical school pilot program uses simulations to prepare students for residencies

A five-year pilot program involving 10 medical schools uses simulation tools to better prepare students for residencies, according to U.S. News & World Report. Medical students are able to practice their skills with actors who pretend to be patients. One practice simulation has students learn how to hand off patients to another physician once they are off duty. "We're developing standardized ways to communicate what needs to be understood about those patients for the doctors who's taking over," Dianne Wagner, the associate dean for college-wide​ assessment and a professor of medicine at Michigan State University, told the publication. "It's an important piece of what needs to be done." Article