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Ask the Experts: Does Simulation Work?

Medicine has traditionally relied on a “see one, do one” approach to learning and experience. Didactic learning in this context focuses on imparting knowledge. Simulation-based learning makes that knowledge come alive—alive in a setting designed to mimic real clinical encounters and lifelike experiences where clinicians can refine their individual and team skills well before touching a real patient.

3 Ways Simulation Can Accelerate Your Learning Efforts

In this article, we highlight ways in which leaders in healthcare are using simulation to:

  1. Increase engagement. Learners and providers who use simulation experience a higher level of engagement and show greater personal involvement in their training
  2. Maximize retention. Learners and providers who use simulation have higher retention rates versus exclusively didactic forms of learning
  3. Ensure learning transfer to the job. Learners and providers who use simulation, especially in situ, are associated with a higher rate of learning transfer to the job

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