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Sim 101: Introduction to Clinical Simulation

Simulation is a teaching technique in which the learner practices in a situation that mimics a real-life event. Simulation is used for learning skills in situations that are relatively uncommon or high-stakes, such as the need for an aircraft to make an emergency landing. In healthcare, simulation provides unique opportunities for learners to practice and hone clinical skills and critical thinking with the same complexities and distractions that are present in the real clinical setting. Skills such as error recognition and interprofessional team functioning can be taught without placing actual patients at risk or discomfort. Given these distinct advantages, simulation is becoming an increasingly popular teaching approach for higher education and continuing education. This lesson reviews the reasons for the growing popularity of simulation and introduces basic concepts in clinical simulation. This lesson provides foundational knowledge for subsequent lessons in the Teaching with Simulation module.

This online presentation includes audio, demonstrations, instructional methods, and examples.

Learning objectives

Upon completing this lesson, the learner will be able to...

  1. describe what clinical simulation is and why its use is expanding.
  2. explain advantages of teaching with clinical simulation.
  3. describe the steps of planning and teaching with a clinical simulation scenario.