Simulation in Continuing Medical Education

CIOReview (09/06/19) Warters, Martin

Simulation in continuing medical education can help learners apply knowledge without consequences, deliver feedback to improve their clinical decisions, repeat scenarios to gain mastery, and facilitate positive behavior change. In particular, virtual patient simulation (VPS) lets learners test their skills in various medical scenarios without committing any actual harm, as well as offers immediate expert feedback. VPS also permits users to do-over scenarios with greater levels of difficulty, in parallel with the advancement of their skills. Behavioral change also is a process that VPS can help effect. An evaluation of Medscape Education's MedSims VPS platform demonstrated that over the course of a year, 22,480 healthcare professional learners experienced a 15% positive behavior change.

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