INTRODUCTION to Simulation

Simulation has been recently in the medical education spotlight.  Simulation is exciting but is poorly understood by administration and educators.  Isn’t simulation the best tool out there for education? It depends… Isn’t simulation the best tool for thinking about process improvement?

It depends…understanding the history of simulation allows for perspective on the path the tool has taken and the direction the tool is going to change the way we approach problems and education.  Becoming familiar with the contributions of Gaba, Gordon, Rudolph and etc. will also allow us to think about and pose different questions and ideas when we use this tool.  

Please read the following papers to better understand the history of simulation education as you look to be an active contributor toward the future of simulation.  For more references, please access the Introduction to Simulation folder on the google drive.


1. Consider the advantages/disadvantage of simulation education versus traditional didactic

2. Discuss the direction of simulation education as it pertains to hospital-based education versus graduate and undergraduate training.

3. Consider the spectrum of simulation education.

Suggested Readings:

1. Gordon, JA, et al., (2006) A Randomized Controlled Trial of Simulation-Based Teaching versus Traditional Instruction in Medicine: A Pilot Study among Clinical Medical Students, Advances in Health Science Education, 11:33-39.

2. Bradley, P., (2006) The history of simulation in medical education and possible future directions. Med Educ.; 40(3):254-262.