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Interprofessional Online Simulation in COVID-19 Response

M Simuation Online: COVID-19 and Beyond!

Simulation educators and faculty collaborate to deliver adapted online interprofessional education (IPE) simulation for health sciences students

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  • 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

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

  • 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)


Friday, April 10, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm