The SSH Fund is an important source of support for the many important research projects needed to answer rapidly emerging questions in the field of healthcare simulation. As the field continues to grow and expand at an incredible rate, crucial research questions need to be answered. Through your gift to the SSH Fund, you will support the curiosity of our healthcare simulation researchers as they design and develop groundbreaking research studies to advance evidence-based practice.

Projects awarded will be based on research priorities identified through an ongoing SSH Practice Guidelines Development Process, which is designed not only for the establishment of practice guidelines but also to identify needed research priorities for which current evidence is missing or inconclusive. Through the work of hundreds of healthcare simulation researchers over the course of three years, needed research priorities and several practice guidelines have been established, and will be published in December of 2023. The identification of practice guidelines and research priorities is an ongoing effort of the Society through the work of the SSH Research Committee.

The following important topic areas in healthcare simulation were examined to determine important research priorities for further study:

  • Mastery learning / Deliberate practice / Technical skills
  • Feedback / Debriefing
  • Spaced learning / Booster training / Warm up / Just-in-time training
  • Self-guided learning / Regulated learning / Peer-to-peer learning
  • Team training / Nontechnical skills training
  • In situ training (for training vs. process improvement)
  • Virtual reality / Augmented reality / Hybrid (consider training and assessment)
  • Distance simulation (consider training and assessment)
  • Standardized Patients
  • Simulation/ simulator fidelity (task resemblance of reality)
  • Faculty Development
  • Immersive Virtual Environments for Summative Assessment Purposes

Awarded projects will be selected from topics identified within these important areas, as well as from other critical topic areas impacting healthcare simulation.  

Research funding will be awarded to both early-career and experienced researchers. Funding will also be awarded to multi-institutional investigators, drawing on a larger and more diverse pool of programs and participants for more robust and generalizable results.

Supporting simulation research through your gift enables researchers to answer important research questions, contribute to knowledge advancement, improve education and training, enhance patient safety, drive evidence-based practices, foster collaboration, address societal challenges, and leave a lasting positive impact on the field of simulation.

Since the Research Awards program’s inception in 2014, the Society has awarded more than $170,000 to 17 researchers.