Designing a Simulation-Supported Adaptive Assessment System for Spinal Anaesthesia

E. Lvquist, A. Aboulafia, D. Breen, G. Shorten (Ireland), D. Zhang, and D. Albert (Austria)


Advanced Technology in Education, Architecture of Innovative Software, Medical Simulation, Virtual Reality, and Web-Based Assessment.


This paper describes the development of a technology architecture that not only supports the technical performance assessment of a medical simulator but also facilitates a validated competence based assessment system in one selected anaesthetic procedure i.e. spinal anaesthesia. Based on extensive mapping of the competencies required for the performance of this procedure, a system architecture is proposed utilising a specifically designed anaesthetic simulator, a learning management system and back-end assessment logic. The overall system is designed to assess the agreed spinal anaesthetic competencies i.e. patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and system-based practice, as defined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

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