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VPS access for clinicians is critical in today’s healthcare climate
Simulation as we think of it today has been used in medical education since the 18th century 1 and has continued to evolve into realistic and medically accurate physical and digital solutions designed to allow learners to simulate a scenario-based encounter with a patient in a safe environment. Now, as the world continues to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19, making simulation options available to clinicians in a safe home environment, accessible at any time, is more important than ever.
Virtual Patient Simulations
Virtual patient simulation (VPS) is an impactful way to help clinicians learn. VPSs are goal-oriented, case-based, and rule-based, and are a great way to engage learners through active decision-making. The structured format is designed to develop competencies that can be applied in real-world practice. VPS excels at supporting learning through engagement in complex analysis and decision-making with an ever-changing clinical encounter.
The US federal government and biotech and pharmaceutical companies have seized the opportunity to support virtual simulation given the abundance of educational needs that exist due to the pandemic and needs that are difficult to meet in traditional, in-person settings.
MedSims is an award-winning VPS solution from Medscape, having won:
By presenting patient encounters in an immersive multimedia instructional environment, the MedSims VPS replicates real-world clinical practice to allow learners to recognize and diagnose a disease, establish and tailor an individual treatment plan using a robust medication database, and determine ongoing disease management. Immediate feedback is provided to each learner based on their in-platform actions and clinical decision-making.
The MedSims platform is a proven educational solution. The Calibre Institute for Quality Medical Education recently gave MedSims VPS a superior instructional design score, noting its “high potential to engage physicians and lead to improvements in practice (i.e., to achieve desired outcomes).”2
MedSims in Cardiac Care
Medscape Education recently launched the MedSims cardiology activity, “Treating Complex Patients With Stable Arterial Disease.” Learners were presented with two patient care scenarios testing their ability to:
The 874 learners participating in the simulation showed strong improvement from pre- to post-event assessments. Furthermore:
Medscape Education has been a leader in digital continuing medical education (CME) for more than 25 years, with a current membership of more than five million physicians worldwide employing Medscape for the learning they need. As a trusted learning partner for the medical community with proven ability to deliver education that makes an impact, Medscape is committed to delivering digital CME to learners where, when, and how they want to learn.