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Healthcare Simulation Online Sessions

Interprofessional Online Simulation in COVID-19 Response

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Glo Germ, Central Lines & Vents: Simulation provides direct support for front line clinicians in COVID-19 response

  • Mojca Remskar Konia, MD, PhD, MACM, Medical Director - M Simulation
  • Jon Chaika, NREMT, Simulation Education Specialist - M Simulation
  • Eugene Floersch, BS, CHSE, CHSOS - Simulation Specialist – M Simulation
  • Nicholas Newman, Office & Administrative Services Supervisor – M Simulation
  • Lou Clark, PhD, MFA, Executive Director - M Simulation
Session Objectives:
  • Learn to effectively use Glo Germ for experiments to study COVID-19 spread
  • Gain knowledge to uptrain clinical staff - central and arterial line training, including our home, inexpensive recipe for central line
  • Examine NIPPV ventilators with emphasis on what our team learned about SimMan "respiratory physiology
During late March and April 2020 the M Simulation team partnered with faculty from UMN School of Medicine to provide direct support for clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our help was actively pursued by several of the most affected clinical departments, intensive care units, and hospital administration constituting the COVID-19 command center. The simulation support allowed for the study of: infection spread and protective devices, clinical environment for latent factors that could lead to patient harm, and repurposing of non-invasive positive pressure ventilators into invasive ventilators. Our work resulted in new clinical personal protective equipment which is now available, adjustment to clinical protocols, and training of 501 healthcare providers

Learners included:
  • 36 physicians
  • 165 nurse anesthetists
  • 300 nurses
Join M Simulation team members, Dr. Konia and Dr. Clark as they describe successes and challenges from implementing these projects.

Topics covered will include:
  • Leveraging simulation education resources to support front line clinicians
  • Innovating knowledge pertinent to clinical practice utilizing simulation education
  • Further elevating the healthcare simulation profession as a meaningful collaborator in clinical practice.

Simulation educators/ faculty collaborate to deliver adapted online interprofessional education simulation for health students


  • Lou Clark, PhD, MFA, Executive Director - M Simulation
  • Joseph Miller, BS, CHSE, SP Program Coordinator - M Simulation
  • Barbara Peterson, PhD, RN, CNS, Clinical Associate Professor, Population Health and Systems Cooperative - School of Nursing
  • Amy Pittenger, PharmD, MS, PhD, Department Head and Associate Professor – Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems
  • Anne Woll, MS, Education Director - M Simulation

Session Objectives

  • Identify process for transition of face to face IPE events to online format
  • Identify key management skills for effective delivery of interprofessional education (IPE) events via Zoom
  • Describe strategies used by simulation educators and faculty to mobilize successful delivery of online simulation

On April 1 the M Simulation team partnered with faculty from UMN School of Nursing and College of Pharmacy to implement a fully online formative IPE session using Zoom. The event featured multiple large group didactic and small group breakout sessions with 23 students. A faculty member from each program performed a simulated mental health interview including assessment and treatment plan with an SP, which was followed by a debrief session. Learners included:

  • 10 Psych Mental Health students in the Doctor of Nursing Program
  • 13 PharmD students

M Simulation team members, Dr. Peterson, and Dr. Pittenger describe successes and challenges from their educational planning and event implementation. Topics covered:

  • applying best practices for IPE in an online format
  • selecting best pedagogies to meet IPE learning objectives in online format
  • adapting a face to face IPE session to a fully online format in a resource constrained environment
  • utilizing breakout rooms to promote small group interprofessional discussion
  • outcomes, as demonstrated by program evaluation data (2019 face to face vs. 2020 online)

Using Zoom to train Standardized Patients (SPs) and implement formative Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs) with health science students

Lou Clark, PhD, MFA, incoming Executive Director, M Simulation
Anne Woll, MS, Education Director, M Simulation
Joseph Miller, BS, CHSE, SP Program Coordinator, M Simulation

Session Objectives:

  • Learn skills to effectively train SPs online in Zoom
  • Understand logistics needed to implement formative OSCEs in Zoom
  • Gain tips for meaningful debriefing with faculty and students in Zoom

On March 20 the M Simulation team rolled out fully online formative OSCEs using Zoom. Two events were planned, deployed, and debriefed:

  • a small OSCE for 15 graduate nursing students
  • a large scale OSCE for 104 veterinary medicine students

Join M Simulation team members as they share details and logistics from the SP training sessions and event implementation. Topics covered will include:

  • managing breakout rooms
  • tips for facilitating orientation and debrief sessions with students and faculty
  • suggestions for coaching SPs on how to deliver physical exam findings in a narrative style

Navigating Leadership in COVID-19 Response: Working remotely in healthcare simulation teams


  • Lou Clark, PhD, MFA - Executive Director - M Simulation
  • Bob Kiser, CHSE, CEC - Associate Director, Simulation and Integrative Learning, University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Mojca Remskar Konia, MD, PhD, MACM, Medical Director – M Simulation
  • Christine Park, MD, FSSH - Director, Simulation and Integrative Learning, University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Anne Woll, MS, Education Director - M Simulation

Session Objectives:

  • Identify your leadership contributions to healthcare simulation teams working online
  • Describe successes and challenges of leading online healthcare simulation teams
  • Learn effective strategies for leading online healthcare simulation teams

This webinar brings together the leadership teams from M Simulation from the University of Minnesota and from Simulation and Integrative Learning (SAIL) at University of Illinois at Chicago to share their successes, challenges, and stories related to leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than a “how-to” session, the two teams will ask each other, in a Q & A format, questions that explore what leadership means in this unprecedented time. The approach, by design, is not to assert that the panelists have all of the answers but to spark a dialogue that includes the audience.

Topics covered will include:

  • What has been most surprising
  • Regional differences in leading through this response (e.g. Minnesota vs. Chicago)
  • Opportunities for role expansion for individual team members
  • Considering the dual role of clinicians as sim team leaders and front-line workers
  • Self-care strategies for leaders and teams
  • Return to work strategies – where to go from here