An Official Publication of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs aims to meet the needs of healthcare practitioners using simulation techniques for education, assessment, and research. Increasingly, simulation is an integral part of teaching and training programs in healthcare settings around the world. Simulation models, including virtual simulation, scenario-based simulation with actors, and computerized mannequins, contributes to improved performance and reduced errors in patient care. This text establishes working definitions and benchmarks for the field of simulation and defines the types of simulation programs, while also covering program leadership, funding, staffing, equipment and education models. It provides knowledge critical to the success of simulation program management, simulation educators, and simulation researchers. Written to appeal to the novice to advanced beginner, a special section in each chapter is directed to the competent to expert programs, managers, educators, and researchers, so that this text truly can serve as the comprehensive reference for anyone in simulation.