A new society, the Society for Medical Simulation (SMS), was established in January 2004 to represent the rapidly growing group of educators and researchers who utilize a variety of simulation techniques for education, testing, and research in health care. The membership is united by its desire to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care using all types of simulation including task trainers, human patient simulators, virtual reality, and standardized patients.

We are a broad-based, multi-disciplinary, multi-specialty, international society with ties to all medical specialties, nursing, allied health paramedical personnel, and industry. A major venue for advancing simulation in medicine is the annual International Meeting for Medical Simulation (IMMS) that has been held successfully since 1995. SMS beginning in 2006 will wholly sponsor this meeting.

SMS welcomes ties with other organizations interested in patient simulation. Recognizing that simulation represents a paradigm shift in health care education, SMS promotes improvements in simulation technology, educational methods, practitioner assessment, and patient safety that promote better patient care and can improve patient outcome.