In September 2007, with resources from the University of Alaska’s Workforce Development Office as well as the UA Associate Vice-President for Health’s Office; the Alaska Center for Rural Health – Alaska’s AHEC (ACRH) at UAA was invited to determine the potential uses of clinical simulation technology for postsecondary and continuing education. Tasks included:
1) Form and convene a Statewide Taskforce
2) Conduct an inventory of clinical simulation purchases in Alaska and lessons learned
3) Review experience at the national level with clinical simulation
4) Determine potential uses in postsecondary and continuing education
Based on lessons learned from clinical simulation purchases in Alaska and experience at the national level, the following advantages and challenges of using human simulation technology were identified.