From Classroom to Simulation: Enhancing Clinician Training with Computerized Simulations

Alexander Theodorou
June 9, 2023

Computerized simulations have emerged as a popular tool for educational purposes, particularly in healthcare, as the technology offers a safe and controlled environment for learners to refine their skills and gain a more nuanced understanding of their patients across a variety of scenarios.

In a study conducted by McGaghie et al. (2014), researchers demonstrated that medical students who received simulation-based training displayed significantly higher scores on clinical knowledge and procedural skills tests, compared to those who received traditional classroom-based training.

Simulation-based learning has also been found to be an effective modality for improving clinical decision-making skills. A study by Okuda et al. in 2009 looked at the performance of emergency medicine residents and found that those who received simulation-based training had significantly higher scores on a standardized clinical decision-making test compared to those who received traditional training. This is particularly important for healthcare providers, as clinical decision-making is a critical component of effective patient care.

In addition to providing a safe and controlled learning environment, simulation-based learning can also foster a greater sense of comfort and confidence in learners. Hazell et al. (2012) found that medical students who received simulation-based training self-reported feeling more comfortable making mistakes and learning from them without putting patients at risk.

During a discussion on the Start-Up Sit Down podcast, Alex Theodorou spoke with Dr. Caitlin Strobel about the future of healthcare and innovation in the Occupational Therapy discipline. The two covered a variety of topics and Dr. Strobel shared her insights about emerging innovations and technology in occupational therapy practice.

Overall, computerized simulations offer a powerful tool for education and training in the healthcare field. By providing a risk-free environment, where the complexity of the simulation can be adjusted to the abilities of the learner, simulations can help students refine their skills, learn from mistakes, and work to improve patient outcomes, ultimately enhancing the quality of care they provide.

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written by
Alexander Theodorou
Founder at Neurofit VR