Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologists, Annual Conference

Document Type

Conference Proceeding




Radiation science education students are considered to be adult learners. According to Fanning & Gaba, adults learn best through experiential learning.1 Experiential learning actively engages the student by providing them with the ability to participate and play a role in the acquisition of knowledge.1 Simulation in medical education is a practical approach which allows adults to learn experientially. The goal of simulation is not to substitute for actual clinical experience, but to replicate these clinical scenarios for the purpose of assessment of skill and feedback of the activity.2

Reform in education and medicine, along with the pressures associated with patient safety, have promoted the utilization of simulation in medical education. Team-based learning and inter-professional collaboration can also be fostered in a simulated setting.3 There are many approaches to simulated clinical education; three current methods will be addressed in this exhibit. These three methods include:

  1. Utilization of a clinical skills lab manikin
  2. Virtual simulation
  3. Use of Standardized Patients

Cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains can all be evaluating by using any of these three types of simulation methods.