Concepts for Developing Expert Surgical Teams Using Simulation

Surg Clin North Am. 2015 Aug;95(4):717-28. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2015.03.001. Epub 2015 May 23.


This article investigates how simulation-based training can enhance the effectiveness of surgical teams. First, a description of team training within surgical settings is provided. Then, empirical work from a variety of fields is introduced to describe common characteristics of expert teams, with a specific focus on training surgical teams in simulated settings. Finally, methods and suggestions for evaluation of simulation-based team training are discussed.

Keywords: Simulation; Surgical teams; Team training; Teamwork.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Curriculum
  • Feedback
  • General Surgery / education*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Manikins*
  • Observation
  • Patient Care Team*