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In the present study, two-center collaboration on developing a web-based medical simulation program for preventing medical errors was designed. Medical educational design of the work was principally carried out by MD Dr AK. The computer programming phase of the work was principally carried out by PhD Dr NŞ. The Lsim program is a registered trademark in Turkey. The paper was prepared collaboratively by the authors. No funding was received for the present study. The two authors were principal investigators of this study. Both authors read and approved the final manuscript.
We aimed to observe the preparedness level of final year medical students in approaching emergencies by computer-based simulation training and evaluate the efficacy of the program.
A computer-based prototype simulation program (Lsim), designed by researchers from the medical education and computer science departments, was used to present virtual cases for medical learning. Fifty-four final year medical students from Ondokuz Mayis University School of Medicine attended an education program on June 20, 2012 and were trained with Lsim. Volunteer attendants completed a pre-test and post-test exam at the beginning and end of the course, respectively, on the same day.
Twenty-nine of the 54 students who attended the course accepted to take the pre-test and post-test exams; 58.6% (n = 17) were female. In 10 emergency medical cases, an average of 3.9 correct medical approaches were performed in the pre-test and an average of 9.6 correct medical approaches were performed in the post-test (t = 17.18, P = 0.006).
This study’s results showed that the readiness level of students for an adequate medical approach to emergency cases was very low. Computer-based training could help in the adequate approach of students to various emergency cases.