In recent years simulation-based learning (SBL) has been increasingly used in health care training and especially in medical education. This study aimed to investigate the potential and challenges of SBL in the context of a continuing training course for physicians: Advanced Course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Data was collected through field observations, interviews with teachers and questionnaires to students on the course. The perceptions of the participants were analyzed through thematic content analysis. The results indicated four main possibilities and challenges for SBL medical training: linking theory and practice; learning through trial and error; the relationship between the virtual world and real world; strengthening teamwork. It is believed that this study can make an important contribution to the discussion about the use of SBL in medical education and indicate favorable aspects and challenges of its implementation, thereby revealing the importance of research into the pedagogical issues involved in applying this methodology.
Educational Technology; Simulation-Based Learning; Medical Education