SimWars judging: Maximizing the educational value of a popular modality

Scott D. Weingart, Jeremy Samuel Faust

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Effective judging is a crucial component of the overall educational value of SimWars competitions for both the participants and the audience. Unlike most forms of medical education evaluation, SimWars competitions are audited and often decided by a group of informed observers - the audience. The role of the judges is multifaceted. Judges must be at once didactic and frank with the teams while simultaneously influencing the audience's voting behavior in an effort to enhance the chance that the best team will emerge victorious. A SimWars judge must keep this in mind both in the formulation and in the subsequent delivery of constructive criticism. In sum, a successful SimWars judge provides insight, and often entertainment, in a remarkably confined time frame - frequently shorter than 90 seconds. This chapter offers several strategies that can be used for the successful execution of SimWars judging duties as a method for maximizing the educational impact of this increasingly popular and useful learning modality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSimwars Simulation Case Book
Subtitle of host publicationEmergency Medicine
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781107111011
ISBN (Print)9781107625280
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


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