Community-based in situ simulation: bringing simulation to the masses

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Simulation-based methods are regularly used to train inter-professional groups of healthcare providers at academic medical centers (AMC). These techniques are used less frequently in community hospitals. Bringing in-situ simulation (ISS) from AMCs to community sites is an approach that holds promise for addressing this disparity. This type of programming allows academic center faculty to freely share their expertise with community site providers. By creating meaningful partnerships community-based ISS facilitates the communication of best practices, distribution of up to date policies, and education/training. It also provides an opportunity for system testing at the community sites. In this article, we illustrate the process of implementing an outreach ISS program at community sites by presenting four exemplar programs. Using these exemplars as a springboard for discussion, we outline key lessons learned discuss barriers we encountered, and provide a framework that can be used to create similar simulation programs and partnerships. It is our hope that this discussion will serve as a foundation for those wishing to implement community-based, outreach ISS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number30
JournalAdvances in Simulation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2019


  • Emergency department
  • In situ simulation
  • Medical education
  • Mobile simulation
  • Quality improvement
  • Simulation-based medical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • General Social Sciences
  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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