Research Opportunities in Simulation-based Medical Education Using Deliberate Practice


  • William C. McGaghie PhD

    1. From the Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education and Faculty Development, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (WCM), Chicago, IL.
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  • Presented at the 2008 Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference, “The Science of Simulation in Healthcare: Defining and Developing Clinical Expertise,” Washington, DC, May 28, 2008.

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There are many opportunities for the academic emergency medicine (EM) community to engage in simulation-based educational research using deliberate practice (DP). This article begins by defining and giving examples of two key concepts: deliberate practice and mastery learning. The article proceeds to report six lessons learned from a research legacy in simulation-based medical education (SBME). It concludes by listing and amplifying 10 DP research opportunities in academic EM. A coda states that the research agenda is rich and ambitious and should focus on the goal of educating superb, expert clinicians.