Medical Simulation Preferred Terminology Survey

Yesterday I received an email from Kris Slawinski about a medical simulation terminology survey. As you may know, the position of Sim Tech may have fifteen different names – from Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist, to Lab Technologist, to Simulation Specialist and more! Thus, we need better terminology to help us all figure out healthcare simulation. You can take the survey in just five minutes through this link here.

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Below is Kris’ letter:

Greetings Simulation Educators–

We request your participation in Part II of a “Preferred Terminology Survey” of terms for the simulated participants most often referred to as actors, confederates, and standardized patients/participants, that are implemented in simulation-based learning.


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Our goal is to discover an umbrella term that will be useful to all practitioners of this educational methodology, whether it is in healthcare or other fields, and, hopefully, in most, if not all, languages other than English. We invite participants to add their preferred term to the list, if it is not already included. Part I was rolled out last fall, and results were presented at the SP SIG Business Meeting at IMSH (International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare) 2013, and at ASPE 2013. The current version was revised based on feedback from that presentation. We will be presenting the results of this survey at the 2014 IMSH as a Work in Progress, if accepted.

The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Please click here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/uwspp/212126

We thank you in advance for your participation.

Kris Slawinski, SP SIG (Standardized Patient Special Interest Group) Executive Chair, SSH (Society for Simulation in Healthcare)
Dena Higbee, SP SIG Vice Chair, outgoing 2014
Jennie Struijk, SP SIG Vice Chair, incoming 2014


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