Fidelity in surgical simulation: further lessons from the S.T.A.R.T.T. course

Fidelity in surgical simulation: further lessons from the S.T.A.R.T.T. course

Can J Surg 2020;63(2):E161-E163 | PDF

Garrett G.R.J. Johnson, MD; Peter G. Brindley, MD; Lawrence M. Gillman, MD, MMedEd


Simulation has become a popular and ubiquitous medical education tool. In response to learner demands, and because of technological advancement, there is a trend toward increasing the realism of simulation. However, there is a paucity of evidence regarding what degree of fidelity is needed to deliver optimal simulation-based medical education. Feedback from the Simulated Trauma And Resuscitation Team Training (S.T.A.R.T.T.) course suggests that higherfidelity simulation is viewed as highly valuable to learners. Research is needed in order to guide the growing demand for higher-fidelity simulation in our medical training curricula and in order to justify or mitigate the associated costs and logistical challenges.

Accepted Aug. 14, 2019

Affiliations: From the Department of Surgery, Section of General Surgery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Man. (Johnson, Gillman); and the Department of Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesiology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alta. (Brindley).

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this article and approved the final version for publication. No other competing were declared.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.017818

Correspondence to: L.M. Gillman, Department of Surgery, University of Manitoba, GF439 – 820 Sherbrook St, Winnipeg MB R3A 1R9,