Simulation Research Program Development
Simulation-based research program development requires: (1) a good understanding of research methodology and issues specific to simulation-based research; (2) establishment of mission, vision, and short- and long-term goals for the research program; (3) organizational structure which enables research administration and mentorship for the next generation of researchers; and (4) ongoing assessment of the process and outcomes of each component of the research program. Simulation-based research is an essential component of optimizing simulation-based education and advancing patient safety through simulation-based translational healthcare research. Each step in the process of educational curriculum development benefits greatly from quantitative and qualitative assessment, thus becoming targets of sound educational research. Structured mentorship is necessary in order to learn how to conduct high-quality simulation-based research. A specific individual development plan should be established and followed regularly to ensure each research trainee’s success. Administrative structure is essential for handling budgetary and regulatory matters including institutional review boards. Ongoing assessment of the research program includes periodic reports of ongoing research projects, ensuring alignment with the program’s mission, vision, short- and long-term goals, abstract and manuscript submission, and internal and extramural funding proposal submission and reception of awards.
KeywordsSimulation-based research Simulation-based education Simulation research program Mentorship Research committee Simulation fellowship Critical appraisal Individual development plan (IDP) Funding Academic productivity
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