A growing body of evidence shows that clinical skills acquired via simulation transfer directly to improved patient care and better outcomes. When paired with deliberate practice, simulation-based education is found to be superior to traditional clinical education for a wide range of skills acquisition.2
One such study indicates that simulation promotes engagement in several ways:
Students were absorbed in the task at hand.
Students demonstrated interest as evidenced by enjoyment, active discussion, and humor.
Simulations were relevant, in terms of situational clinical practice, exam preparation, and obtaining feedback on clinical decisions.3