Simulation, which utilizes adult-based learning design to engage the healthcare provider within practice-based scenarios, has long been recognized in the literature as a superior learning method. Through simulation-based learning, as in real life, participants make decisions, experience the consequences of those decisions, and receive adaptive feedback to accelerate learning and increase confidence.

A recently published study of CME supporters and providers by M Consulting confirms this value in the CME community.  According to the study, “both CME providers and supporters view simulation as an effective learning method that is superior to linear education approaches.” 

Respondents were asked to identify the features of simulation that provide superiority.  For CME supporters, increased engagement, decision making and experiencing consequences in real life stories were the top strengths of simulation.  Providers reported those same strengths along with the value of the objective outcomes data, particularly to identify practice gaps and future educational needs.

The study concludes that, “despite the overwhelming evidence in the literature of the value and impact of simulation-based learning, this educational design is underutilized in the CME industry.”

The study’s authors state that, “there is a significant opportunity to advance learning design from didactic formats to more engaging formats such as simulation for both online and live delivery, especially given the ability for simulation-based educational programs to not only capture the decision/behavior of participants but also uncover the rationale for their decision and the confidence in their decision.”

You can access the study details at Simulation Assessment Whitepaper

Through Kynectiv’s DecisionSim platform, our clients develop scenarios that mirror clinical situations and leverage modern educational models such as deliberate practice, conscious reflection and personalized feedback. Our branched narrative-based simulations help teach clinical reasoning skills by facilitating the learner’s understanding of the connection between their decisions and the patient outcome.  Our objective behavioral and decision data help clients identify education and practice gaps as well as the best path to address those gaps.

Contact me today to learn how to incorporate this superior education method into your online and live CME/CE programs.

Bob Yayac