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Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare:
doi: 10.1097/SIH.0b013e3182a3ded7
Concepts and Commentary

Integrating Actors Into a Simulation Program: A Primer

Pascucci, Robert C. MD; Weinstock, Peter H. MD, PhD; O’Connor, Brigid E. BA; Fancy, Kristina M. BA; Meyer, Elaine C. PhD, RN

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Abstract

We describe our more than 10 years’ experience working with actors and provide a “how-to” guide to recruiting, auditioning, hiring, training, and mentoring actors for work as simulated patients in simulation programs. We contend that trained actors add great realism, richness, and depth to simulation-based training programs. The actors experience satisfaction from their contributions, and their skill and improvisational talent allow programs to offer ethical and relational training, customized to a wide range of practitioners and adapted across a variety of health care conversations. Such learning opportunities can directly address Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education core competencies in preparing capable, confident, and empathic health care practitioners.

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