"Passing the smell test." Should we add scents to simulation?

Brem, Beate; Bauer, Daniel; Schnabel, Kai (24 March 2018). "Passing the smell test." Should we add scents to simulation? In: 13th International Skills Lab Symposium (p. 17). Maribor: University of Maribor, Faculty of Medicine

Simulation is widely used in medical education. To render it realistic it is important to correctly present certain key factors that determine the level of immersion into the simulation (1). Our hypothesis is that smell, though often neglected, is one of these key factors. The addition of smell may improve simulation authenticity, biographical memory formation and coping mechanisms for exposure to stenches (2). On the other hand, adding smell to simulations comes at a price: it requires time, money and personnel to develop and provide the additional factor. We would like to discuss with participants and explore together if adding smells to simulation is worth the effort.

05 Min Welcome, Introduction Plenary
15 Min Experiencing scents live Circuit in groups
15 Min Collection of Experiences Discussion in groups
10 Min Summary of Experiences Plenary discussion
20 Min Hints from Literature Presentation to plenary
15 Min Advantages and Drawbacks
of Smell, Application in Practice Plenary discussion
10 Min Summary and Goodbye Plenary

At the end of the workshop participants should be able to
- specify effects of smell added to simulation
- name advantages and disadvantages of smell in simulation
- decide in which cases adding smell to simulation is of relevant added value

This workshop is suitable for people interested in professional design of simulation at all levels of experience. Already have your own scent? Share samples and/or recipe with us at iSLS.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Abstract)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education > Education and Media Unit (AUM)

UniBE Contributor:

Brem, Beate; Bauer, Daniel and Schnabel, Kai


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health


University of Maribor, Faculty of Medicine




Daniel Bauer

Date Deposited:

23 Apr 2018 15:11

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:12



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