Deliberate practice is defined as “practice that has a well-defined goal and tasks in which learners are motivated to improve, provided with feedback, and given opportunities for repetition and gradual refinements of their performance.” [Kotwal 2021]. Deliberate practice relies on the role of a teacher/coach to provide individualized feedback to revise attempts to reach the desired goal and level of performance. In case direct coaching is not possible, this role can be played by technology (e.g. by simulators or virtual patient simulations).
Kotwal S, et al. Real-world virtual patient simulation to improve diagnostic performance through deliberate practice: a prospective quasi-experimental study. Diagnosis (Berl). 2021;8(4):489-96. (Link)« Back to Glossary Index