Simulation: A Retrospective

In honour of the ICE blog’s 5-year anniversary, we continue to look back at some of our most popular and influential series. In week 4 of our 5-week retrospective, we zero in on “Simulation.”


The “Simulation” series has been part of the ICE blog since its beginnings, with the first post debuting on October 29th, 2013.  Simulation is widely used as an education tool in healthcare to bridge the gap between theory and practice, and there has been much discussion over the years about its potential benefits and challenges.

Ice blog editor Victoria Brazil (who is also part of the team producing Simulcast – a blog and podcast on simulation in healthcare) has contributed many posts to the series and we’ve had a great number of guest contributors as well.  Over the past five years, our contributors have explored a number of topics, including:

  • High vs low fidelity in efficacy of learning
  • The emergence of in situ simulation
  • Closing performance gaps through effective debriefing
  • The potential harms of simulation based medical education

Catch up on the “Simulation” series, starting with the very first post which explores the “research you should know about”: