Can simulation-based education replace the hands-on experience learning during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Background: Although simulation-based learning is expensive but cost-effective and advantageous as well if utilized appropriately. It is known to enhance clinical competence among medical students. There is a dire need to enhance the utilization of simulation-based clinical teaching skills to replace hands-on experience involving patients. The objective of this article was to highlight the importance of simulation-based education (SBE) in medical training.
Methodology: For the study purpose, literature focusing on the use of SBE in medical training was reviewed. The databases including Google Scholar, PubMed, Research gate, Scopus, The Nation news, BBC news were searched using the keywords Simulation-Based Education, Clinical Skills, Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development, Objectively Structured Clinical Examination and COVID-19. We also designed a pilot study to demonstrate the effect of simulator-based training among medical students.
Results: Efforts are being made to support SBE as an alternative method for clinical skill training in medical and dental undergraduate students during this pandemic. As it is cost-effective, ensures patient safety, and reduces the risk of health hazards by refining the medical provider's abilities.
Conclusion: Due to the pandemic, skill training sessions on simulators via zoom can play a significant role in improving skills among medical students with the least exposure to COVID-19 infection.
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