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An important part of the simulation technologist role is to be able to recommend appropriate simulators to meet the learning objectives of the simulation. Brush up on some of the latest research on simulator effectiveness in these recent publications. 

Custom virtual or physical simulators for preoperative planning in neurosurgery 
Advances in 3D printing and visualization software have made it possible to customize and create in-house simulators for preoperative planning for brain tumor surgery. This article describes current practices and methodologies. 

Manikin-led Simulation Orientation 
This paper describes how to program a scenario on a Laerdal 3G Manikin that can be used to orient learners to the features of the manikin. This solution is particularly valuable when a large number of learners require orientation. 

Clinical Virtual Simulation in Nursing Education 
This paper compares a case-based intervention for nursing students whereby the two intervention groups were allocated to either a virtual simulator or low fidelity physical simulator. Read on to find out which achieved the greatest improvement in knowledge and learner satisfaction. 

Virtual reality simulator vs box-trainer to teach minimally invasive procedures 
This systematic review and meta-analysis of 14 articles discusses which outcomes are best achieved through the use of a VR simulator and which can be achieved with either VR or box trainer. 


Image: Padilha JM, Machado PP, Ribeiro A, Ramos J, Costa P
Clinical Virtual Simulation in Nursing Education: Randomized Controlled Trial
J Med Internet Res 2019;21(3):e11529