What is SARG?

The Simulation Assessment Research Group (SARG) is a U.S. national multidisciplinary consortium of researchers and educators interested in promoting the use of medical simulation to study clinical performance, expertise decision making, and education, primarily in the context of the management of critical or crisis events. The domain focus to date has been anesthesiology although the SARG’s research findings are applicable to other acute care clinical specialties (e.g., emergency medicine, critical care, surgery) and are likely generalizable to non-medical domains (e.g., aviation, military, firefighting).

SARG researchers represent twelve institutions, the American Board of Anesthesiology, and private industry, allowing us to increase the scope and generalizability of our work. The SARG team includes clinicians, human factors and cognitive engineers, behavioral psychologists, psychometricians, statisticians, and informatics professionals.

Our goals are to decrease barriers to the use of simulation in education and assessment, create the infrastructure to improve the design and development of effective simulation-based assessment, and define issues and/or shortcomings that limit simulation’s usage as an assessment modality. We are also interested in the why of clinician performance, using simulation as a tool to understand clinician behavior and decision-making during patient care.


The SARG-ABA research team at the American Board of Anesthesiology Headquarters in Raleigh, NC during their annual joint research meeting in November 2023.


SARG is open to new members who meet its eligibility requirements and who have a demonstrated interest and expertise in simulation-based research.

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Our History

The SARG came into being in the Fall of 2009 when a small group of anesthesiologists who were founding members of the Simulation Education Network (SEN) of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)...

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IMPACTS (Funded by AHRQ)

This follow up study to SARG’s first study (MOCA) seeks to go beyond measuring what is done during simulated acute patient care scenarios and study why those actions were undertaken...

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