Malcolm Gladwell, in his recent book Outliers, suggests that the key to perceived genius is often really devoted practice. It is crucial to learn the right way and then practise these habits. Virtual Medical Coaching’s award winning simulations allow good habits to become ingrained because simulation is accompanied by our adaptive assessment and feedback. This is unlike learning in the clinical environment, where all too often the only feedback is from adverse events. Breaking complex new tasks into small chunks, which can be repeated until mastered is a technique developed by the father of deliberate practice Anders Ericsson. Of course, to allow students to do this, access to such tools is required at times that suit the learner which is possible in a virtual reality environment.
Studies of simulation training for surgical skills have shown that surgeons trained using simulation techniques make fewer errors and carry out technically more exact procedures. Virtual Reality simulation offers an important route to safer care for patients and needs to be more fully integrated into the health service.
Simulation allows people to prepare for risky events in a safe environment. It recreates conditions that closely resemble reality, while removing any danger. It means that when people confront a similar environment in a real situation, they do so with the experience of detailed rehearsal. It is widely used in aviation, the military, and in medicine.
For these and other skills, simulation is now used routinely. Virtual Medical Coaching advances the technology used in simulation training to fully immerse the student and offer a lifelike experience in a safe environment where metric feedback can be recorded. Once found, training can be altered to make sure that these gaps are filled.