Physiologic Storyboarding for Scenario Development in High-Fidelity Simulation

Lay Summary 

This project outlines the use of a physiologic storyboard for the development and implementation of scenarios for high-fidelity simulation. High-fidelity simulation has become a fundamental part of postgraduate medical education in Canada and the USA. It is especially useful for teaching and learning in disciplines like anesthesiology, which often involves stressful clinical situations. The physiologic storyboard is a flexible visual representation of a learning scenario that takes the physiology of the mannequin as the starting point and allows that physiology to determine the manner in which the scenario unfolds. The mannequin’s physiology responds directly to the clinical management, lack of management, or mismanagement provided by the learners. This adaptation of storyboarding for high-fidelity simulation facilitates the initial development of scenarios and allows for the proactive implementation of scenarios based on the physiologic changes in the mannequin. It has the potential to streamline and standardize scenario development and implementation wherever simulation is used as a teaching tool.

O’Regan, N. & Coombs-Thorne, H. Physiologic Storyboarding for Scenario Development in High-Fidelity Simulation. Med.Sci.Educ. (2017). doi:10.1007/s40670-017-0397-1

Clinical Disciplines - Anesthesia
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Medical Education
Industry Sectors 
Start date 
1 Jan 2014