The History of Simulation

  • Kathleen Rosen


For centuries people have made models and deliberately practiced to learn new skills. Healthcare education has recently rediscovered these basic principles. Simulation is fundamental to the current educational emphasis on deliberate practice and mastery learning. Although simulation has finally achieved global acceptance, it was a long journey. Revolutions in industry, communication, transportation, and technology occurring over the course of a century laid the foundation for the birth of modern simulation. Pioneers in healthcare education and patient safety made essential contributions by questioning the status quo and proposing innovative solutions. Simulation developers and early proponents worked for decades to advertise and gain acceptance for groundbreaking simulation products and methods. This chapter will give a brief overview of the history of simulation and the technology that makes it possible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyCleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA

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