Simulated participant methodology in paediatric surgical training: Exploring contemporary practices

D Nestel, D Ljuhar, A Gamble

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Surgical training is long and complex. At the core of clinical practice is communication. Voice is central to relationships of care. Communication and other person-centred competencies are well articulated in surgical training programs. Simulated participant (SP) methodology has seen significant development over its contemporary history. Most commonly in paediatrics SPs portray the roles of parents. However, children and adolescents as SPs are increasingly employed to support the development and assessment of the complex concept of voice. There are specific considerations in all phases of SP-based work, and these are heightened for children and adolescents. This article explores contemporary SP practices in health professional education with a focus on paediatric surgery training.
Original languageEnglish
Article number150907
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Pediatric Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • simulated patient
  • simulated participant
  • standardized patient
  • communication
  • professionalism

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