53 – Advances in Simulation: What’s in a Name?

In this episode of our continuing collaboration with Advances in Simulation, Jesse takes the helm as we put Victoria in the guest seat with Glenn Posner, to discuss their recent publications in Advances.


The articles for discussion were both published in the second half of 2017.

‘Simulation in the clinical setting: towards a standard lexicon’. by Glenn Posner, Marcia Clark and Vincent Grant.



‘Translational Simulation: not ‘where?’ but ‘why?’ A functional view of in situ simulation. By Victoria Brazil.



We traverse the subject of how terminology sets expectation and the importance of being precise when establishing the goals and expected outcomes and matching the right modality to achieve success.


2 thoughts on “53 – Advances in Simulation: What’s in a Name?

  • Debra Nestel

    Thanks for this podcast – a good way to start my day! It has got me thinking… An obvious thought – we often talk about simulation as as though it is a readily identifiable singular method. Simulation means so many different things and even this notion of ‘in situ’ and ‘onsite’ sim has many variations. I loved the philosophical pondering about these and related concepts together with the practical suggestions (e.g. infographics or other simple single page summaries of learning) AND reminders of alignment of simulation activities with improving patient outcomes. I liked hearing about how the Posner article came into being… the importance of getting out and seeing how others’ work, of inviting others’ to view our work and the learning that comes from those observations and conversations (a latent safety threat or a broken bed!). I also liked the links to the Dieckmann, Patterson podcast. Thanks!

    • Jesse Spurr Post author

      Thanks for the reflections Debra. It was a really interesting interview to be part of. Vic and many others who know me are well aware of my position on terminology (it sets expectations). I think it is incredibly important to use precise language that is unambiguous wherever possible. I actually feel that this is sometimes more important from a practical perspective than having a dictionary of terms (which I concede is useful from an academic advancement and comparison perspective). There is interesting parallel work in anaesthetics, emergency and trauma resuscitation at looking at how important clear, plain language terminology is in facilitating the execution of intended objectives. This podcast has thankfully offered me a topic on a platter for my final Masters assessment.
      Thanks again. We are thoroughly enjoying the relationship with Advances in Simulation.

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