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Goals of AliveSim for CME

AliveSim enables clinicians to learn how to utilize new medical knowledge situationally in their decision-making.

The design goals of AliveSim are to give participants the ability to:

  1. Improve retention as they practice applying new medical evidence.
  2. Assess their competency as they receive expert feedback on decisions.
  3. Recognize patterns of optimal decision-making used by clinical experts.
  4. Gain confidence applying new knowledge in diverse situations.
  5. Increase their comfort level in incorporating changes to their clinical practice.

Exciting News for CME Collaborators!

For 2019, the AliveSim platform received a comprehensive upgrade that significantly increases content flexibility, while substantially decreasing simulation development costs.


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Two AliveSim CME Formats 

AliveSim’s two simulation formats are designed to be used separately or in combination, based on the learning goals of your program. Together, they can cover any clinical skill-building need in CME. See Medical Education Section for more.

Targeted Virtual Practice

(NEW!) A fast-paced, flexible simulation format focused on specific learning objectives. Targeted Virtual Practice can be used alone for 0.5 to 1.0 credit-hour activities, or added to more comprehensive Patient Management Scenarios in 0.25 credit-hour increments.

The Experience: Immerse physicians in a series of realistic clinical situations, where they practice decision-making and receive expert coaching to recognize optimal decision patterns for specific learning objectives.

Use Cases:

  • Enable physicians to practice applying new clinical concepts such as new guidelines, new indications, new therapeutic options, risk management, the integration of new molecular testing, and more.
  • Add Targeted Virtual Practice to a live event as an enduring component to introduce clinical skill-building that converts “knowing” into “doing.

Patient Management Scenarios

Manage patients over time, in multiple scenarios. Just as in Targeted Virtual Practice, physicians gain virtual “hands on” experience in how experts make optimal decisions with new clinical information, in diverse clinical situations. Start with two scenarios, or add more clinical perspectives to build more robust decision-making skills. 

The Experience: Immerse physicians in realistic clinical scenarios where they manage virtual patients through time, and receive expert coaching to recognize optimal strategies throughout a disease process.    

Use Cases:

  • The ideal solution for when practice gaps involve the management of disease over time. Example areas include oncology, diabetes, MS, rheumatology, infectious disease, and other chronic diseases.
  • Integrate Targeted Virtual Practice with Patient Management Scenarios to create robust mental models of decision-making in key areas of the simulation.

5 Reasons Why AliveSim’s Virtual Practice and Coaching Works:

Situations matter. Situational practice builds clinical skill in applying new medical evidence and guidelines.

Coach to accelerate. Coaching provides personalized feedback on decisions, and reveals mental patterns experts use for optimal decision-making.
Practice is sticky. Applying new medical knowledge improves retention and competency.
Learn by doing. Behavior change comes from making decisions and learning from results.
Measurable results. Analytics show how clinicians perform in virtual situations.

How to Include Virtual Practice and Coaching into Your CME Programs

AliveSim creates an immersive, safe environment for participants to build skill and confidence in applying new clinical evidence in realistic situations, in any disease state.  

AliveSim simulation for CME running on a phone

Targeted Virtual Practice to Build Clinical Skills    

The goal of virtual practice is to emulate the live practice experience with a clinical mentor, through scalable technology. In this way, thousands of physicians can develop new clinical skills with expert coaching in a cost-effective way.

Targeted Virtual Practice focuses on specific learning objectives, in a series of well-crafted decisions that allow the learner to recognize patterns of optimal decision-making. Isolated case studies and vignettes do not provide this pattern recognition, which is essential to effective skill acquisition. More on Improving Clinical Outcomes with Virtual Practice. 

Use Virtual Practice to Reinforce Live Events

Many live CME events bring thought leaders to a venue (or webinar) where they mix didactic lecture with working through case studies. Even in the best of these events, the decision-making and feedback is not personalized and limited. Therefore, skill development is incomplete and will require further reinforcement before a physician will feel comfortable changing their clinical behavior. Adding Targeted Virtual Practice as an enduring component will introduce clinical skill building to convert “knowing” into “doing” to create a more effective overall program. In addition, retention from the event will increase as participant personally applies the knowledge in realistic clinical situations.     

Confucius Quote:  I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand.
AliveSim simulation on a laptop showing a patient interaction

Practicing Complex Patient Management

Many areas of medicine, such as oncology and chronic diseases, are challenging because patient presentations vary so much and evolve over time, based on disease progression and treatment. Decision-making is complex and nuanced, complicated by new clinical evidence or molecular testing, therapy options, risk assessment, and previous treatment paths. AliveSim’s Patient Management Scenarios have successfully enabled participants to build confidence recognizing the optimal patient management paths used by experts. At least two scenarios are needed to allow participants to develop this pattern recognition. Complex topics often use four or more scenarios to maximize effectiveness.

More on Improving Clinical Outcomes with Virtual Practice 

Patient Voice and Shared Decision-Making 

Patients are at the center of healthcare, and should have equal prominence in CME. AliveSim Patient Management Scenarios utilize interactive conversations between virtual patients and virtual clinicians to provide examples of how clinicians can benefit from patient voice and shared decision-making. What is essential here is not just the virtual patient. Both the virtual patient and clinician respond to user input to create meaningful conversations that impact decision-making. When patient voice or shared decision-making are critical practice gaps, Targeted Virtual Practice can focus on them as specific learning objectives.

AliveSim screenshot from medical school program
Illustration of AliveSim running on multiple devices

Impact of AliveSim Improvements

Lower Costs. Each year we develop more effective ways to create immersive experiences with this powerful technology. We’ve made huge strides again this year.

More Content Flexibility. We can now develop full-featured simulations in the 0.5 to 1.0 credit hour range to complement our longer format.

Better Experience. Responsive interfaces reconfigure automatically based on screen size, so clinicians can have a great experience on any web-enabled device. Those who prefer a faster tempo can adjust the “talking speed” of virtual dialogues, and all our virtual humans have more expressive animations, and more immersive environments.

Virtual Practice with Coaching Achieves Three Important Goals:

  1. Improves retention of new information through working with it personally.

  2. Develops the “skill” to apply new knowledge in real situations.

  3. Increases physician confidence and comfort level with that skill so they’ll apply it in their practice.

More on Clinical Virtual Practice

Collaborating is a Simple Process 

Have an idea for an activity? Let’s discuss how we can use our innovative AliveSim formats to create a compelling proposal. 

Syandus utilizes a well-honed process for collaboration with CME providers and faculty to create exceptional simulations and outcomes.

Syandus does the heavy lifting with clinical and technical development to bring AliveSim simulations to life. 

Simulation deployment includes delivery, web hosting, SSO integration, comprehensive analytics, reporting, technical support, and one year of access.  


AliveSim’s Virtual Practice and Coaching Platform is the innovative new way for physicians to gain the confidence to apply new clinical evidence with their patients.  


Let’s schedule time for a demo and talk about how we can help you innovate your CME programs.

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