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Webinar Information

Simulation fidelity: The real deal


To support student engagement, simulation-based learning experiences attempt to approximate clinical reality as closely as possible. However, achieving a high level of realism can be expensive and difficult. Research in simulation suggests that realism is a multidimensional concept that has varied application based on learning objectives. This session will define fidelity and the types of simulation fidelity. Through a case-based approach, fidelity principles will be applied to activities with varied learning objectives.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the types of simulation fidelity: physical, conceptual, and emotional (or psychological). 

  2. Contrast fidelity priorities based on the learning objectives of the experience.

  3. Describe the importance of establishing the ‘fiction contract’ between learners and instructors that explicitly acknowledges the fidelity of the experience.

Target audience

Physical therapy educators and academic faculty who are interested in simulation-based learning; program chairs who are implanting simulation-based learning experiences in their curricula.


  • Carla Sabus, PT, PhD, Associate Professor, Tufts University

  • Kelly Macauley, PT, DPT, EdD, CSHE, CCS, GCS, Professor, Rasmussen University

  • Jason Rucker, PT, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science & Athletic Training

  • Susan Miale, PT, DPT, EdD, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Stony Brook University 


  • $20 for ACAPT members (includes recording)
  • $30 for non-members (includes recording)
  • Recording will be available post-webinar ($20- ACAPT members; $30-non-members)



How to register

The webinar is scheduled for 7:00-8:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 10, 2022.

To receive the ACAPT member rate, you must log in to your ACAPT account. If you don't have an account, you can register for free here. When you create your account, ACAPT will review and approve if you qualify for the ACAPT member rate.

ACAPT membership

All faculty members and clinical affiliates of a member institution can use ACAPT member benefits and set up their free online ACAPT account at members.acapt.org. A faculty member or clinical affiliate of a member institution may be individual members of ACAPT. Individual members do not pay dues to ACAPT.

ACAPT's Simulation in Physical Therapy Education Consortium (SIPTEC) represents institutional members with a strong interest in simulation as a pedagogical approach to the education and professional development of physical therapist students, residents/fellows, and clinical educators.


If you have any questions, contact events@acapt.org.

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