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Advances in Simulation provides a forum to share scholarly practice to advance the use of simulation in the context of health and social care.

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The Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Standards of Best Practice (SOBP)

In this article by Karen L. Lewis et al., ASPE members and leaders define a cohesive set of standards for the practice of simulated patient-based simulation. Listen to the podcast by authors Carrie Bohnert and Karen Lewis and read the blog on these standards to find out more.

Advances in Simulation is the official journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM).

SESAM was founded in 1994 in Copenhagen and aims to encourage and support the use of simulation in health care and medicine for the purpose of training and research. Key roles of SESAM are to develop and support the application of simulation in education, research, and quality management by facilitating collaborations and the exchange of technology and knowledge throughout Europe.

Featured article: Optimizing observer roles in simulation

Featured articleIn this article, Stephanie O’Regan et al. examine the evidence for learning methods that employ directed observation as an alternative to hands-on participation in scenario-based simulation training. They find that learning outcomes and role satisfaction for observers is improved through learner engagement and the use of observer tools.

Featured article: Do clinicians need hot-seat stress to improve?

Featured articleActive ‘hands-on’ participation in the ‘hot-seat’ during immersive simulation-based training (SBT) induces stress for participants, which is believed to be necessary to improve performance. In this study, Choon Looi Bong et al. suggest that directed observers may benefit from immersive SBT even without repeated ‘hands-on’ experience and stress in the hot-seat.

Editor profile

Prof Debra Nestel, Editor-in-Chief

Professor Debra Nestel is Professor of Simulation Education in Health Care at Monash University, and Professor of Surgical Education, University of Melbourne, Australia For over 25 years she has used simulation as an educational method in the context of health care. Professor Nestel has a particular interest in human-based simulations and is experienced in research and development of several simulation modalities.

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