Study evaluates the effectiveness of simulation in continuing medical education

November 19, 2014

A team led by Dr. Sylvain Boet has published a paper in the journal Critical Care Medicine that looks at the role simulations play in the continuing medical education of acute care physicians. Dr. Boet and the team systematically reviewed the effectiveness of simulation-based education, targeting independently practicing qualified physicians in acute care specialties. The review found that simulation is viewed as a positive learning experience but despite its promises there is limited evidence to show that it improves performance. Future research should focus on the best form of simulation-based education, how often it should be done, and how it should be assessed in order to improve patient care. Read the study synopsis.

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